About the Author
Stephen Bowie is a freelance writer and film historian. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Television Studies from the University of Southern California.
While in high school Stephen first published his work in Laser Marquee, a laserdisc review journal, although he never actually got around to owning a laserdisc player. Since then he has written for Scarlet Street, Television Chronicles, Outré, Senses of Cinema, and other periodicals. Critic Matt Zoller Seitz called his appraisal of director John Frankenheimer “a major piece of criticism and scholarship.”
Stephen’s survey of the political blacklist in fifties television appears in the three-volume anthology Jews and American Popular Culture.
Stephen has conducted video interviews with pioneers of television’s early days for the Archive of American Television. He has been a guest on KSAV’s Talking Television radio show, and has consulted on the home video releases of various TV series. He interviewed Roy Thinnes for CBS-Paramount’s DVD collections of The Invaders, and appears on camera himself in a featurette on Lionsgate’s Mad Men Season 2 DVDs.
Since 2007, Stephen has been the sole writer and editor for the Classic TV History Blog, an offshoot of this website which catalogs the history of American television through a variety of approaches including criticism, interviews, production histories, DVD and book reviews, obituaries, personal reminiscences, and the occasional intemperate rant. The blog has been linked to by the Los Angeles Times, Maclean’s, and other mainstream media outlets.
Stephen lives in New York City, and finds it rather embarrassing to write about himself in the third person.