I wanted to examine how the world worked, to use the scientific process of discovery as a narrative device to tell good stories. Producers are a naturally curious lot and good documentaries are made out of that curiosity.
From Michael Ambrosino: Science is a part of our heritage, our present culture, and a major force in determining our future. Its absence from television [in the 1970s], spoke to the ignorance of many of its gatekeepers.... Science, medicine, technology, engineering, architecture all impact our culture by determining how we live our lives!
From the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Mr. Ambrosino's report outlines the plan for the creation of a science programming group for public television.
From Michael Ambrosino: I’ve never considered myself an intellectual; my memory and thought processes are just not good enough for true intellectual work. I do, however, have an insatiable curiosity and enjoy the world of ideas.
WGBH: The Early Years
Ed: This is the second of three excerpts from Michael Ambrosino’s autobiography. In the first part, [intlink id=”1055″ type=”post”]Skating Around the Rink[/intlink], he described the early years at WGBH, an era of live and live-on-tape TV productions at the 84 Massachusetts Avenue studio in Cambridge.
Ed: In 2006, WGBH pioneer Michael Ambrosino completed an autobiography for his family. Last month, he made a gracious offer for us to publish some of his early-WGBH stories on this Web site.
From Michael Ambrosino: When you think how public broadcasting has changed over our last 50 years, it seems impossible to imagine what will be happening in that new facility in 2057!
Michael Ambrosino — the creator of NOVA — describes his early years at WGBH, an era of live and live-on-tape TV productions at the 84 Massachusetts Avenue studio in Cambridge.
Watch Video — Part 2 (57 minutes)
Transcript — Part 2
INTERVIEWER: June 18, 1998, the second hour of a conversion with Michael Ambrosino.