Television: The Lovable Professor

Fresh out of Swarthmore, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa and a terror on the badminton court, Heywood Hale Broun had visions of being "the lovable English professor, the fascinating don, the teacher whose lectures are better than a show."

Instead, setting a life pattern, he drifted between such random diversions as studying Serbo-Croatian and founding a record company to preserve the music of early New Orleans jazzmen. Inevitably, as the son of the late syndicated columnist Heywood Broun, he became a sportswriter "with a crust of adjectives as thick as barnacles on...