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Omnibus #57

podcast icon Posted Friday, March 19, 2010. Total length: 20:16

In this episode, Associate Professor of English Josh Gidding discusses the work of his father, author and screenwriter Nelson Gidding. Nelson Gidding worked in radio, television, and film from the 1940s almost until his death in 2004. His writing credits include the film I Want to Live! (for which he received an Academy Award nomination in 1958), The Andromeda Strain, and the horror classic The Haunting. His radio work includes episodes of The Shadow and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.

Nelson Gidding was also a navigator aboard a B-26 during World War II. His novel End Over End details his experiences as a prisoner of war. Dr. Gidding has donated many of his fathers scripts, as well as his extensive book collection, to the Dowling College Library. In addition to the many films that made it to the screen, the collection contains scripts for such "might have beens" as a live-action version of The Hobbit (circa 1972) and Forbidden Planet II.

"He used to say: 'Writing is easy. It's thinking that's hard.'"
Dr. Josh Gidding

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