Regis Philbin to deliver 2012-13 Tate Distinguished Lecture Oct. 9

Regis PhilbinBroadcaster and record-setting TV host Regis Philbin visits the Hilltop Tuesday, Oct. 9 as part of SMU’s 2012-13 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give the Tolleson Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Since Philbin first stepped in front of a camera more than 50 years ago, he has earned acclaim as a talk and game show host. Early in his career, he took “A.M. Los Angeles” from the bottom of the ratings to number one, where the show remained throughout his seven-year tenure. On national television, he served as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on “The Joey Bishop Show” and helmed “The Regis Philbin Show,” a daily 30-minute program that received an Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Variety Series.

Philbin created his popular “Live” show format in 1983 with “The Morning Show” for WABC in his native Manhattan. It quickly became the number one program in the market. Kathie Lee Gifford joined him in June 1985, and in September 1988 the program debuted in national syndication with a new title, “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee.” In 2001, Philbin was joined by Ripa, and the program entered a new era as “Live with Regis and Kelly.”

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In May 2001, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Game Show Host for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” and another Emmy as Outstanding Talk Show Host for his syndicated program, “Live with Regis.” He and Kelly Ripa also received the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special for hosting the 2005 “Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade.”

By the time Philbin stepped down as co-host of “Live with Regis and Kelly” in November 2011, he had earned a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for Most Hours on Camera by any person. He returned to morning television in September 2012 with the first of a series of once-a-month appearances with celebrity chef Rachael Ray on “The Rachael Ray Show.”

In 2001, Philbin received a TV Guide Award as Personality of the Year and a Broadcasting & Cable Lifetime Achievement Award. Other accolades include the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Philbin was the 2006 inductee into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and in December 2006 was selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to be inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Philbin is also is the author of several bestselling books, including his latest, How I Got This Way.

Philbin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received an honorary doctor of law degree for his contributions to Notre Dame and South Bend. He and his wife, Joy, have two grown daughters, Joanna and Jennifer.

The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. Philbin will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:45 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place. To ask Philbin a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #SMUtatePhilbin. A moderator will ask some of these questions during the event.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2012

On this day 520 years ago: Happy Columbus Day! Today, we celebrate the journey of Christopher Columbus and his arrival in America on Oct. 12, 1942. Columbus Day became an official federal state holiday in 1937 and is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year.

Author visit: Friends of SMU Libraries will host a lecture and book signing by author Susan Orlean Wednesday, Oct. 10. Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of seven books, including the best-seller The Orchid Thief and her most recent, Rin Tin TinThe Life and the Legend. The event will start with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. in the Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Building. This event is free and open to the public; please RSVP to Cindy Ruppi if you plan to attend.

Moody Tip-Off: To kick off the 2012-13 basketball season and the re-design of Moody Coliseum as part of the University’s centennial celebration, SMU Athletics will host a “Tip-off at Moody” on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The special event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. tip-off; the night concludes with dinner and events at 7 p.m. The men’s basketball season begins Sunday, Nov. 11 against Loyola Marymount.

Oldovini’s organ: The Meadows School of the Arts and Larry Palmer, professor of harpsichord and organ, have teamed up to bring a special musical opportunity to the SMU community. Palmer will perform monthly demonstrations on Oldovini’s organ in the Meadows Museum. The organ is the only instrument by Pascoal Caetano Oldovini to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula. The first demonstration takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11; it is free, open to the public and a unique musical experience not to be missed.

Gallery Talks: The Meadows Museum hosts a Gallery Talk on Friday, October 12, in conjunction with the Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits exhibition. The event will feature perspectives from guest speakers such as Mark Leonard, chief conservator for the Dallas Museum of Art, on the painting techniques used and other insights. The talk takes place at 12:15 p.m. in the Jack and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum. No reservation is required, and the event is free for SMU faculty, staff and students.

SMU Forum wishes the faculty and students a very happy fall break! See you back on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.