Winner 1980

The American Short Story

Public Broadcasting Service, Robert Geller

A joint Peabody Award goes to Robert Geller, executive producer of The American Short Story, and to the Public Broadcasting Service, which carried the programming to millions of homes. This series, which was made possible by major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Xerox Corporation, brought to television an entertaining and finely crafted group of filmed adaptations short stories by distinguished American writers. Among them were F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Willa Cather’s Paul’s Case and Richard Wright’s Almos’ a Man. The purpose is meritorious; the result praiseworthy. Robert Geller’s commitment and skill guided the series with notable sensitivity. For significant achievement, a Peabody award to Robert Geller and to the Public Broadcasting Service.