William C. Roberts and Danger Theatre

William Clifford Roberts, M.D., M.A.C.C. (September 11, 1932 – ) is an American physician specializing in cardiac pathology.

He is a Master of the American College of Cardiology, a leading cardiovascular pathologist, and the current editor of both the American Journal of Cardiology and the Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings.

Contents 1 Background and Early Education 2 Medical career 2.1 Postgraduate Training 2.2 National Institutes of Health 2.3 Baylor University Medical Center 3 Individual Academic Contributions 3.1 Journal Articles 3.2 Books 4 Organizational Contributions to Medicine 4.1 American College of Cardiology 4.2 American Heart Association 4.3 Medical Journal/Publication Editorial Boards 4.4 Williamsburg Conference on Heart Disease 4.5 Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings 4.6 American Journal of Cardiology 5 Notable Awards 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Background and Early Education

William C. Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia on September 11, 1932, the second of three sons to Stewart Ralph Roberts and Ruby Viola Holbrook. His father Stewart was a prominent faculty physician for Emory University Medical Center, attending patients alongside his mother who served as his nurse. The children were raised in the city until 1935 when the family moved to a rural farm 12 miles outside Atlanta where they would remain for the next six years. Roberts attended public schools in Avendale, Georgia, and then Atlanta, Georgia from the 5th grade onward. Roberts describes himself as a below-average student until 9th grade when an algebra teacher motivated him to pursue greater academic achievement.

In 1937, Stewart Roberts suffered a heart attack which disabled him until his death in 1941. Though this event would later come to cast great influence on Roberts' career, his initial undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University were in English with aims toward a career in business. During this time, Roberts also joined the fraternity Phi Delta Theta. By junior year, Roberts' ambitions had shifted to medicine in earnest. In 1954, Roberts graduated early from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor's degree in the arts, having been accepted to Emory University's School of Medicine. To earn money, Roberts worked for the National Forest Service for the three months between college and medical school. Early in his medical school training, Roberts proved to be a gifted anatomist and earned a prestigious thoracic surgery externship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before graduating Emory in 1958 with his medical doctorate. Medical career Postgraduate Training

After graduating from Emory, and despite his previous experiences in anatomy and surgery, Roberts served as an intern in medicine at Boston City Hospital before pursuing a 3-year residency in anatomic pathology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It was here, working with attending physicians such as Glenn Morrow and Eugene Braunwald that his career began to focus on cardiovascular pathology, and he focused his training exclusively on autopsies and surgical pathology. He also began reading the works of Jesse Edwards, which he credits with helping to develop both his style of writing and strong interests in medical authorship and publications. He next served as a resident on the Osler Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore before spending an additional year as a fellow in cardiovascular disease at the National Institutes of Health. This extensive training conferred upon Roberts unique credentials both as an anatomic pathologist and a clinically trained cardiologist. National Institutes of Health

From July, 1964 to March, 1993, Roberts served as the first head of the newly created pathology section at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Here, he continued to work with notable cardiac physicians including Eugene Braunwald, Willis Hurst, and Glenn Morrow. Federal money for cardiovascular research, a national priority since the conclusion of World War II allowed for rapid expansion of the program. Roberts soon had 3 pathology fellows per year working with him, and he worked long hours alongside them - usually six nights per week.

The pathology section of the NHLBI was substantial but in Roberts' first year only 25 cardiac specimens were available for study. Determined to catalog the largest possible collection of anatomic cardiac pathology, Roberts personally canvassed more than a dozen institutions each month to collect heart specimens which he would examine and return with completed autopsy results to their parent institutions. Among those hospitals contributing to his collections were Georgetown, George Washington University, Children's National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as the Washington, D.C. Veteran's Affairs hospital and National Naval Medical Center. Collectively, Roberts was soon studying more than 50 hearts per month, a twenty-fivefold increase over those available from the NIH alone.

Despite major achievements by the institution in the understanding of cardiovascular diseases, Roberts was frustrated by growing difficulties attracting pathologists interested in cardiovascular disease. These difficulties were compounded by the closure of the NIH cardiac surgery program in 1987, greatly limiting the quantity and diversity of pathology available for study. Baylor University Medical Center

In March 1993, 32 years after starting at the NIH, Roberts left the National Institutes of Health to join the faculty of Baylor University Medical Center, the flagship of a large hospital network located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Working in a laboratory built for him by the hospital, he continues to study cardiac pathology and has published more than 300 articles since. He is also an active participant in the ongoing training of cardiovascular disease and pathology fellows. Individual Academic Contributions Journal Articles

Roberts has published over 1500 articles to date, almost all of them in peer-reviewed publications. The majority of his original scientific publications focus on anatomic aspects of cardiovascular disease. In addition, Roberts has written or co-authored a number of articles discussing risk factors and risk-factor management in cardiovascular disease. As editor for both the Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings and The American Journal of Cardiology, Roberts has also published a number of editorials discussing current trends in cardiovascular medicine. Books

Roberts has written or co-written four individual titles. In chronological order, these are: Classification of Heart Disease in Childhood (1970, 70pp.) A Manual of Nomenclature and Coding of Cardiovascular Disease in Children: a Supplement to the Systematized Nomenclature of Pathology (1970, 69pp.) Congenital Heart Disease in Adults (1979, 574pp.) Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (2000, 172pp.)

A second edition of Facts and Ideas from Anywhere was released entitled Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (2000–2006).

Roberts was also editor of a series of books entitled Cardiology which were published in annual editions continuously from 1982-1999. Each of these books summarized the major achievements and discoveries in cardiology for their respective years. Organizational Contributions to Medicine American College of Cardiology

Roberts was actively involved in the leadership of the American College of Cardiology from 1971-1982 in the capacities listed below. 1971-1974 Film Review Committee for Annual Scientific Sessions (Chaired in 1974) 1971-1978 Annual Scientific Sessions Committee 1971-1978 Heart House Committee 1973-1978 Board of Trustees 1975-1978 Heart House Learning Center Curriculum Committee 1976-1978 Ad Hoc Committee on Goals and Objectives 1977-1982 Publications Committee (Chairman) 1977 Nominating Committee 1977-1980 Long-Range Planning Committee 1978-1981 Heart House Acquisitions Committee (Chairman) 1978-1982 Director of Congenital Heart Disease Course, Heart House of the American College of Cardiology American Heart Association

Roberts has been actively involved in a number of activities for the American Heart Association including serving as a reviewer for their annual scientific sessions. He has also been a fellow of the Council of Clinical Cardiology since 1971 and, since July 1994 has been a member of the Dallas AHA affiliate's board of trustees. Medical Journal/Publication Editorial Boards

Currently or previously, he has also served in editorial board capacities for the following publications (listed alphabetically): American Heart Journal: July 1979 – December 1996 American Journal of Cardiology: January 1973 – June 1980, June 1982 – present American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: January 1999 – present American Journal of Medicine: January 1975 – December 1986 American Journal of Medicine & Sports: January 1998 – present Cardiac Chronicle: 1989 – present

Danger Theatre and William C. Roberts

Danger Theatre is an American half-hour comedy anthology series for television, produced by Universal Studios and originally aired on the American Fox network in 1993.

With two exceptions, each half-hour-long show consisted of two comedy segments, each a spoof of a familiar action/anthology format. The style of the comedy was somewhat similar to that of films like Airplane! and TV shows like Police Squad!

Robert Vaughn, most familiar to audiences from his role on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., was the host for each episode, introducing to camera each fifteen-minute segment with mock earnestness. The jokes ranged from humorous or preposterous dialogue to visual gags and slapstick designed to poke fun at the serious dramatic formats being lampooned.

Danger Theatre only ran for seven episodes before cancellation, but was syndicated beyond the United States, airing in the United Kingdom on the BBC in 1994.

Contents 1 The Searcher 2 Tropical Punch 3 357 Marina del Rey 4 Airing history and other details 5 References 6 External links & sources

The Searcher

One segment in each episode centered on a motorbike-riding, leather-clad hero called only “The Searcher", played by Diedrich Bader. A spoof of both the stereotypical motorbiking renegade from many classic movies and the “one man on a mission” format of series such as Knight Rider, Renegade, and many others, this segment is perhaps the most commonly remembered element of the series.

The Searcher would always appear coming over the horizon on his motorcycle, with a dramatic backing chorus, narrating :

“Someone needs help, so they called me. That’s what I do. I help people in trouble.......They call me: The Searcher”.

A recurring visual gag would have the Searcher conclude a scene with a quizzical stare directly at camera, utter a thoughtful, “Hmmm..”, and would then suddenly be squashed by a bulldozer, falling object, or other variant of a falling grand piano. For the actual slapstick event, it would be highly obvious that a dummy was being used in the stunt.

The popularity of this segment led to two of Danger Theatre‍ '​s seven episodes ("Go Ahead, Fry Me" and "An Old Friend For Dinner") being given over in their entirety to a 30-minute adventure for the Searcher. Tropical Punch

In four episodes of Danger Theatre, the other segment of the show was called Tropical Punch; a send-up of Hawaii Five-O, with Adam West (of Batman fame) playing the lead role corresponding to Jack Lord’s on the original. West played the Inspector Clouseau-like Detective Morgan, a police detective with no clue as to what is really going on; this role is similar to the role he voices on Family Guy as the confused Mayor Adam West. Morgan only solves crimes because his partner McCormick, played by Billy Morrisette, does in fact know what is going on and saves him from failure constantly. 357 Marina del Rey

In the final telecast of Danger Theatre on August 22, 1993, Tropical Punch was replaced by a segment entitled 357 Marina del Rey, which starred Todd Field as Rake Rowe and Ricky Harris as Clay Gentry in a spoof of shows centered around private detectives living and working in sun-and-fun vacation locales, such as 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside Six, and Hawaiian Eye. Deciding they want to make a difference, recent college graduates Rowe and Gentry become private investigators and encounter the worst criminals in town, but take a greater interest in wearing the right fashions and visiting the local cappuccino bar than in solving crimes. Only one episode of 357 Marina del Rey was produced. Airing history and other details

Original US airdates Sundays, Fox, 7:30pm July 11–August 22, 1993

Original UK airdates Fridays, BBC2, Approx. 11.30pm (exact airtimes varied with region) 13 May - 24 June 1994

Credits Series Produced by: Kevin G. Cremin ....Producer Robert Wolterstorff....Executive Producer

Please see this IMDb page for fuller cast & crew credits.

The series is not currently available commercially on DVD, although unofficial fan copies of episodes have surfaced on the internet.
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