Edwards Reprises “This Is Your Life”
Wednesday, February 22,1981
The NBC special is dividedÂ into three segments, a 35-minute collection of clips fromÂ the best of the old series andÂ two blockbuster “This Is YourÂ Life” surprises with a pair of
Suspense and curiosity,Â once again, are the keys to theÂ show.
One: Whose life will be putÂ on the line?
Two: Who will pop up out ofÂ the subject’s past?
Edwards’ show was one ofÂ the longest and most successful TV programs of itsÂ kind. It began on radio in 1948Â as a spin-off of “Truth OrÂ Consequences” and moved toÂ network TV for a nine-yearÂ run, ending in 1961. It thenÂ moved to syndication forÂ another three years, ending in 1973.
In all, 479 men, women andÂ children saw brief re-runs ofÂ their lives through photographs, mementos and appearances by relatives and friends from the past.
“This is Your Life” was anÂ emotional show which evokedÂ memories, tears, -laughs,Â astonishment, sometimesÂ chagrin â€” all live and unrehearsed.
There was a set format toÂ the show beginning withÂ Edwards meandering into his
subject’s life, usually in anÂ unexpected environ. The action began with a close-up of
the astounded soul realizingÂ what was about to happen toÂ him.