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Robert Pearlman
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David Frost, a veteran broadcaster who is perhaps best known for his televised interview with Richard Nixon, died of a heart attack on Saturday night (Aug. 31) aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was scheduled to give a speech. He was 74.

As Wikipedia notes, on the evening Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Frost presented "David Frost's Moon Party," a ten-hour discussion and entertainment marathon from LWT's Wembley Studios.

As the New York Times reports, since 2006, Frost has conducted interviews for Al Jazeera English.

A new season of Mr. Frost's program, "The Frost Interview," began in July with the astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Frost's Aldrin interview is online, but is not available to viewers in the United States.

On edit: Buzz Aldrin shared his condolences on Twitter:

RIP my friend Sir David Frost. I was privileged to know you and be interviewed by you only this year. Best interview piece on me ever done.

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Whilst the contributions made by David Frost cited by Robert are highly relevant to this memorial thread, in the UK he is best remembered for changing the face of topical television comment starting with TW3. For that alone he will be sadly missed.

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So soon after the loss of another great broadcaster - Alan Whicker. Both will be missed but they leave an outstanding legacy. RIP.

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Marvelous interview, he will be sadly missed.

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I will always remember the line; "Grissom and Young going around three times with the seat belts tight."

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I saw him a few years ago at a talk in Northampton. He had a very interesting and respected career and I agree with Moorouge in that he changed television in the early sixties with 'That was the week that was' and its successor 'The Frost report'. The number of people to whom he gave their first break in television, and then went on to become enormous stars themselves, was in itself a great testimonial to him.

RIP

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No disrespect to the memory of David Frost, but this story is too good not to share again. Ray Bradbury always loved telling it.
He was to be interviewed on the "David Frost Show" the night Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The show was interrupted for the announcement, and Bradbury cried.

Then Frost reappeared on camera and said he wanted to introduce an American genius. Bradbury thought he was surely to be the next person on camera, this being the night of the future.

Anything's Possible

For when man stepped on the moon, everything became possible in Bradbury's eyes. Man had defied gravity, he could now travel anywhere-even to Mars.

But Frost wasn't introducing Bradbury; he introduced Englebert Humperdink instead.

"He sang his stupid song," Bradbury had said.

And the next on the agenda was Sammy Davis Jr.

"Mr. Davis was a great guy, but this wasn't the night for this," Bradbury said. "Man had walked on the moon, we needed to talk about it, to understand it."

Bradbury walked out of the studio and rode across town where Mike Wallace and Walter Cronkite were airing a worldwide telecast.

He went on the air and he talked.

And cried.

And contemplated.

The headline in the next day's London Times read, "Man walks on the moon at 6, Bradbury walks at midnight."

Cronkite provided Bradbury with a tape of the show last year. It was the author's first time to see it.

"There I was 30 years younger," he said. "Boy did I love me that night."

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