LB: A Few Words from One of My TV Gods: Herbert F. Solow

by Larry Brody

One of the kindest, toughest, gentlest, strongest, sweetest human beings I’ve ever known is my friend Herb Solow, probably better known to most people reading this as:

In case you’re from another planet, this is Herb’s Star Trek title card!

Herb and I first met in the mid 1970s, and we’ve worked and hung out together for over 40 years. Best known as one of the key figures who brought ST:TOS to TV when he was head of production at ye olde Desilu Studios, Herb also ran MGM when it still was a studio to be reckoned with back in the ’60s, and he was also Executive in Charge of Production, Executive Producer, or just plain “Producer” on TV shows and feature films whose names are bound to ring some bells:

  • The Courtship of Eddie’s Father
  • Medical Center
  • Then Came Bronson
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Mannix
  • The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Saving Grace
  • Brimstone & Treacle
  • Man from Atlantis
  • Killdozer
  • Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

And a zillion more that I don’t remember, although IMDB has a pretty fine list. Oh, while I’m at it I probably should mention his fine book – pretty damn controversial among Trekkies Trekkers – Inside Star Trek: the Real Story.

No one knows the ins and outs of showbiz politics as well as Herb, and very few people know as much as he does about development and production. Or, for that matter, about art. Herb’s the man who introduced me to the idea that you could and should live surrounded by beautiful things and gets the credit – or blame – for the crowd of antiques and art treasures I’ve been living amid ever since I saw his collection and started my own unending buying spree.

Why am I talking about all this? Primarily because I’ve just been reminded that, living treasure that he is, Herb can be found at the Emmy TV Legends where he’s featured in a 4 part video interview that’s so filled with helpful information that I insist ya’ll go visit.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to go too far. All you have to do is click on the video links below:

Hi Herb! All my best to Harrison and the rest of the fam!