Elvis Live

Media in 1973


Elvis Presley - Aloha from Hawaii Concert - Broadcast Live Worldwide via Satellite     January 14
The Aloha from Hawaii concert is regarded as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. The concert was not broadcast live in the US because it occurred on the same day as Super Bowl VII. The concert was aired on April 4 in the US. Elvis Presley Enterprises claimed that between 1 and 1.5 billion people viewed the concert - however this figure is debatable and probably inflated. Biographers indicate that "only" several hundred million would have tuned into the broadcast. The concert broadcast was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 Million.

Elvis Presley

Watergate takes over daytime television     May 17 - August 17
Each network aired coverage in rotation every third day - ABC was first, then CBS, then NBC.

25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore are winners.     May 20

Most Popular Television Shows in 1973
Sanford and Son
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. The Waltons (CBS)
3. Sanford and Son (NBC)
4. M*A*S*H (CBS)
5. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
6. Maude (CBS)
7. Kojak (CBS)
8. Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (CBS)
9. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS) MASH
10. Cannon (CBS)

Other Popular Television Shows
6 Million Dollar Man
60 MInutes
Adam 12
American Bandstand
Mary Tyler Moore Show
Brady Bunch
The Bob Newhart Show
The Carol Burnett Show
The Dick Cavett Show
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids American Bandstand, Dick Clark w/ Cheech and Chong
Flip Wilson
Good Times
Here's Lucy
Hollywood Squares
Brady Bunch - Subject was Noses
Jeopardy (still playing)
Kung Fu
Love American Style
Marcus Welby
McCloud The Carol Burnett Show - Gone with the Wind
McMillan and Wife
Monday Night Football (still playing)
The New Dick Van Dyke Show
The Odd Couple
The Partridge Family
The Price Is Right (still playing)
The Rookies
Room 222
Good Times
Soul Train
Streets of San Francisco
The Today Show (still playing)
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
The Wide World of Sports
The Wonderful World of Disney

PBS: Soul Train - Jackson 5
An American Family - One of the earliest reality TV shows
Masterpiece Theatre
Sesame Street

Mini-Series in 1973:
The Ascent of Man (BBC)
Jane Eyre (BBC)
Columbo - 'Oh, one more thing...'

Shows Debuting
$10,000 Pyramid
The 6 Million Dollar Man
Adam's Rib
Barnaby Jones
HBO World Championship Boxing
Kojak 60 Minutes
Match Game (70's revival)
New Adventures of Perry Mason
Police Story
Schoolhouse Rock
Star Trek Animated Series
Thrill Seekers
The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder (late night)
World at War
The Young and the Restless (still on daytime TV)
Schoolhouse Rock

New Year's Rockin' Eve produced by Dick Clark Debuted 12/31/72 on NBC
Dick Clark hosted 33 straight shows. The first special was titled Three Dog Night's Year's Rockin' Eve 1973 and was hosted by Three Dog Night featuring performances by Blood, Sweat & Tears, Helen Reddy and Al Green, pre-recorded from the ballroom of the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Dick Clark

The Second Annual New Year's Rockin' Eve airs on NBC on 12/31/73, with performances by Tower of Power, Billy Preston and The Pointer Sisters.

Shows Tuning Out
Bonanza (1959-73)
Bridget Loves Bernie (1972-73)
The Doris Day Show (1968-73)
Laugh-in (1968-73)
Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1967-73)
Mission Impossible (1966-73)
Mod Squad (1968-73)
Runaround (1972-73)
Where the Heart Is (1969-73)

Burger King: "Have it your way...".
Charmin Toilet Paper: Mr. Whipple - "Please don't squeeze the Charmin!"
Life Savers: "A part of living".
Master Lock: "Tough under fire", survives a direct hit from a marksman and is still secure.
Miller Lite: the first light beer introduced in 1973, "Everything you ever wanted in a beer. And less".
Noxzema: the first ever high profile Super Bowl ad with Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett. It started a major trend of huge Super Bowls ads.
Sugar Crisp: "Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp, Sugar Crisp..."

Noxzema Commercial with Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett
Super Bowl Advertising Costs:
Super Bowl 30 second ad cost in 1973: $88,000
Super Bowl 30 second ad cost in 2012: $3,500,000


Bruce Lee
Martial arts legend Bruce Lee dies 6 days before Enter the Dragon was released. Enter the Dragon was the first Chinese martial arts film to have been produced by a major Hollywood studio.
Bruce Lee

The Exorcist
The Exorcist reawakens the horror film genre and becomes one of the most popular and controversial films ever released. It was named the scariest film of all time by Entertainment Weekly and Movies.com and by viewers of AMC in 2006, and was #3 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The success of The Exorcist was followed by a string of remakes, sequels and possession related films.

The Exorcist

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando turns down Oscar for Best Actor in the "Godfather" in support of the Indian movement. Brando boycotted the award ceremony, sending an American Indian Rights activist in his place. She stated Brando's objection to the depiction of American Indians by Hollywood and television. May 27

National Film Registry
8 Films from 1973 selected for the National Film Registry for preservation in the Library of Congress. The National Film Registry selects films that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films each year, showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage.

American Graffiti

- American Graffiti
- Badlands
- Enter the Dragon
- The Exorcist
- Mean Streets
- The Sting
- Frank Films - animated short
The Sting
- No Lies - short subject

Academy Awards for 1973 Films
Best Picture: The Sting
Best Director: George Roy Hill - The Sting
Best Actor: Jack Lemon - Save the Tiger
Best Actress: Glenda Jackson - A Touch of Class
Glenda Jackson
Best Supporting Actor: John Houseman - The Paper Chase
Best Supporting Actress: Tatum O'Neal - Paper Moon

Golden Globe Awards for 1973 Films
Best Picture (Drama): The Exorcist
Jack Lemmon
Best Actor (Drama): Al Pacino - Serpico
Best Actress (Drama): Marsha Mason - Cinderella Liberty
Best Picture (Musical or Comedy): American Graffiti
Best Actor (Musical or Comedy): George Segal - A Touch of Class
Best Actress (Musical or Comedy): Glenda Jackson - A Touch of Class
Best Director: William Friedken - The Exorcist

Top Grossing Movies in 1973
Enter the Dragon
The Exorcist
The Sting - 7 Oscars
American Graffiti
Enter the Dragon
The Way We Were
Magnum Force
The Way We Were
Last Tango in Paradise
Live and Let Die
Robin Hood
Paper Moon
Walking Tall
World's Greatest Athlete
Paper Moon

Other popular movies in 1973
Bang the Drum Slowly
Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Blume in Love
Cahill US Marshal
High Plains Drifter
Cinderella Liberty
Cleopatra Jones
Day for Night
The Day of the Jackal
Executive Action
Fantastic Planet
The Getaway
Godzilla vs Megalon
Heavy Traffic
Lady Sings the Blues
High Plains Drifter
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Lady Sings the Blues
The Last American Hero
The Last Detail
The Long Goodbye
Lost Horizon
Mean Streets (Scorsese's writing debut)
The Paper Chase
Cinderella Liberty
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
The Poseidon Adventure
Save the Tiger
The Seven Ups
The Sound of Music (reissue)
Soylent Green
That'll Be the Day
The Three Musketeers
A Touch of Class
The Train Robbers
The Werewolf of Washington

Cinderella Liberty


Most Popular Books


1. "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" ... Richard Bach. Macmillan
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
2. "Once Is Not Enough" ... Jacqueline Susann. Morrow
3. "Breakfast of Champions" ... Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Delacorte/ Lawrence
4. "The Odessa File" ... Frederick Forsyth. Viking
5. "Burr" ... Gore Vidal. Random House
6. "The Hollow Hills" ... Mary Stewart. Morrow
7. "Evening in Byzantium" ... Irwin Shaw. Delacorte
Once is Not Enough
8. "The Matlock Paper" ... Robert Ludlum. Dial Press
9. "The Billion Dollar Sure Thing" ... Paul E. Erdman. Scribner
10. "The Honorary Consul" ... Graham Greene. Simon & Schuster



I'm OK - You're OK
1. "The Living Bible" ... Kenneth Taylor. Doubleday and Tyndale House
2. "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution" ... Robert C. Atkins. McKay
3. "I'm O.K., You're O.K." ... Thomas Harris. Harper & Row
4. "The Joy of Sex" ... Alex Comfort. Crown
5. "Weight Watchers Program Cookbook" ... Jean Nidetch. Hearthside
6. "How to Be Your Own Best Friend" ... Mildred Newman et al Random
7. "The Art of Walt Disney" ... Christopher Finch. Harry N. Abrams
Be Your Own Best Friend
8. "Better Homes and Gardens Home Canning Cook Book" ... Meredith
9. "Alistair Cooke's America" ... Alistair Cooke. Knopf
10. "Sybil" ... Flora R. Schreiber. Reanery

Other Books Published in 1973

The Rachel Papers - Martin Amis
The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov
The Denial of Death - Ernest Becker
Gravity's Rainbow
Regiment of Women - Thomas Berger
The Stone of Darkness and Dread - John Brunner
Postern of Fate - Agatha Christie
Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
From Evil's Pillow - Basil Copper
There Is A Tree More Ancient Than Eden - Leon Forrest
The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Women and Children - Elisabeth Harvor
The Gulag Archipelago
A Touch of Danger - James Jones
The Demon Seed - Dean R. Koontz
The Devil Tree - Jerzy Kosinski
Child of God - Cormac McCarth
A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Buron Malkiel
Burnt Offerings - Robert Marasco
The Black Prince - Iris Murdoch
The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb - Mervyn Peake (posthumously published)
Temporary Kings - Anthony Powell
The Postern of Fate
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
Small is Beautiful - E.F. Schumacher
The Gulag Archipelago - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 - Hunter S. Thompson
The Eye of the Storm - Patrick White
Temptations of Big Bear - Rudy Wiebe
The Princess Bride


American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Poetry - John Crowe Ransom
Hugo Award: Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves
Nebula Award: Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama
Newbury Medal for children's literature: Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves

Pulitzer Prizes:

Drama: Jason Miller, That Championship Season
Fiction: Eudora Welty, The Optimist's Daughter
Poetry: Maxine Kumin, Up Country
Public Service: The Washington Post, for its investigation of the Watergate case.
Local General or Spot News Reporting: The Chicago Tribune, for uncovering flagrant violations of voting procedures in the primary election of March 21, 1972.
Local Investigative Specialized Reporting: The Sun Newspapers of Omaha, Nebraska, for uncovering the large financial resources of Boys Town, Nebraska, leading to reforms in this charitable organization's solicitation and use of funds contributed by the public.
National Reporting: Robert Boyd and Clark Hoyt of Knight Newspapers, for their disclosure of Senator Thomas Eagleton's history of psychiatric therapy, resulting in his withdrawal as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in 1972
International Reporting: Max Frankel of The New York Times, for his coverage of President Nixon's visit to China in 1972.
Commentary: David S. Broder of The Washington Post, for his columns during 1972.
Criticism: Ronald Powers of the Chicago Sun-Times, for his critical writing about television during 1972.
Editorial Writing: Roger B. Linscott of The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for his editorials during 1972.
History: People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael Kammen (Knopf)
Biography or Autobiography: Luce and His Empire by W.A. Swanberg (Scribner)
General Non-Fiction: Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam by Frances FitzGerald (Little)
General Non-Fiction: Children of Crisis, Vols. II and III by Robert Coles (Little)
Letters: James Thomas Flexner, a special citation to George Washington, Vols. I-IV, by James Thomas Flexner.

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