An early TV writer and director, Wilk was in on many of the first scenes; here he drops all the well-known names and laments the lack of talent--especially of dramatists--in today's pre-recorded programming. Much seems familiar from other accounts: frantic improvisations, rewrites and deli sandwiches; weekly crises and disasters; the advent of videotape and an end to inspired ad libs. Wilk adds no special dimension although there are pleasant stories: the crazy gang at Your Show of Shows; vaudeville veterans Benny, Burns and Allen; the Gleason-Carney collaboration; Goodman-Todman game shows; Dave Garroway, Captain Kangaroo, and the long-running Lucy. A few surprise items: feminist Robin Morgan played daughter Dagmar's friend in I Remember Mama; actor James Dean excelled in Beat the Clock stunts; Estelle Parsons began as Dave Garroway's secretary. Anecdotes rerun from a less than-prime time.