The Tomorrow Show (1973)

Season 7 Episode 130

May 12, 1980

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Aired Weekdays 12:30 AM May 12, 1980 on NBC
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Host Tom Snyder's guests are Old Time tap dancers Howard Sims and Bunny Briggs join current tap star Gregory Hines of Eubie and Black Broadway. They discuss the qualities needed to become a tap dancer: devotion, feeling and improvisation. Briggs recalls how his aunt stopped him from going on tour with the legendary Bill Bojangles Robinson. All three disagree with Snyder when he avers black people make better tap dancers than whites. They say tapping is not in the color but in the feet and the teaching methods. They each dance individually then finish together. Clips are shown of Bill Robinson in 1932 "Harlem is Heaven" and Bunny Briggs in 1933 "Slow Poke." Fred Rogers discusses his hit PBS show "Mister Rogers." He recalls his first experience in TV as the floor manager for the first NBC color test despite his being color blind. He shows off some sweaters he's worn on the show and says all were knitted by his mother. He intros his puppet friends who chat with Snyder. He discusses his upcoming PBS special "Old Friends, New Friends."

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