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Robertson School submits official item to VCU Archives and Special Collections

Feb 20, 2017

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Robertson School faculty members Gary Gillam (far left), Hong Cheng (center right) and Clarence Thomas (far right) present the Robertson interview to university librarian John Ulmschneider last week.
Robertson School faculty members Gary Gillam (far left), Hong Cheng (center right) and Clarence Thomas (far right) present the Robertson interview to university librarian John Ulmschneider last week.

‌‌Last week, the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture helped create a shred of history at VCU by submitting an official item into VCU’s Archives and Special Collections.

The historic item was a video interview that faculty members conducted and shot last spring with the School’s namesake, Richard T. "Dick" Robertson.

Director of the Robertson School Hong Cheng, Ph.D. and faculty members Clarence Thomas, Ph.D., and Gary Gillam presented the interview DVD to university librarian  ‌John Ulmschneider. Thomas conducted the interview last April at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Gillam—with the help of a small crew of students—shot and edited the exchange.

The interview served as the first official contribution the Robertson School has made to VCU Special Collections since taking on the new name in 2013. In the video, Robertson discusses a wide-range of subjects—from his time as president at Warner Bros., to how he first came to be involved with the Robertson School (then School of Mass Communications) and VCU.

"Mr. Robertson is a renowned legend in the TV industry and one of the most accomplished alumni of our remarkable School,” Cheng said. “He is a powerful pride and an immense inspiration for the Robertson School students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. This interview about his life, career and association with VCU should provide valuable knowledge for people of today as well as those of the distant future.”

Watch the full interview.

About Richard T. “Dick” Robertson (B.S. ’67/MC) is a legend in the TV industry and one of the school’s most accomplished alumni. In addition to being the former president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Dick had a hands-on role in more than 100 TV series and movie packages, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Friends” and “The People’s Court.”