Seller Story: Dick Schneider, Boston, MA


Richard N. “Dick” Schneider is best known for his work on television, directing programs such as Jeopardy, and national broadcasts like The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Rose Bowl Parade. “He was a Drama major in college, before serving as a Naval officer during WWII. After the war, he moved to New York and worked at NBC Television for the next 20 years. He started out as a page, eventually working his way up to becoming a producer,” remembers his life partner, Jim Maher.

“Dick’s work in television has earned him numerous awards, including 11 Emmys. He’s worked with five presidents, one of them being President Ronald Reagan during the 1981 Rose Bowl Parade,” Maher recalls. “That day, Dick asked Reagan if he’d like to wish a Happy New Year message to everyone, and he did. It was a really nice presentation.”

To be the man behind some of the most viewed live national broadcasts and most beloved television programs makes him an unseen figure and fixture in the homes of so many Americans. “One night at about 7:30, we were in a plane flying over the United States and he looked down and said, ‘Just imagine, America’s watching Jeopardy right now. I’m so happy that I could be a part of it and bring happiness to so many people.’ It was quite a powerful statement.”

Seller Story: Dick Schneider, Boston, MA
Seller Story: Dick Schneider, Boston, MA
1912 "The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe" Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

1912 "The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe" Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

Final Bid:
$131
Montblanc Retractable Pens

Montblanc Retractable Pens

Final Bid:
$325
Antique Minton Blue Transfer Printed Plates Circa 1879

Antique Minton Blue Transfer Printed Plates Circa 1879

Final Bid:
$615
Original Suess Navy "Nuzzlepuss" Figurine

Original Suess Navy "Nuzzlepuss" Figurine

Final Bid:
$161
Maher Bronze Sculpture on Marble Base of Nude Figure

Maher Bronze Sculpture on Marble Base of Nude Figure

Final Bid:
$505
Lithograph After a Photo of Babe Ruth Signed By Ruth's Granddaughter

Lithograph After a Photo of Babe Ruth Signed By Ruth's Granddaughter

Final Bid:
$22
1950s Lasko "Toastove" Toaster and Warmer

1950s Lasko "Toastove" Toaster and Warmer

Final Bid:
$383
Meissen "Blue Onion" Serving Platter

Meissen "Blue Onion" Serving Platter

Final Bid:
$145
Vintage Copeland Spode Britain WWII Themed Porcelain Pitcher

Vintage Copeland Spode Britain WWII Themed Porcelain Pitcher

Final Bid:
$135
Signed Bronze Sculpture of a Female Head

Signed Bronze Sculpture of a Female Head

Final Bid:
$181
Watercolor and Gouache Painting on Paper of Snow Scene

Watercolor and Gouache Painting on Paper of Snow Scene

Final Bid:
$103
Danbury Mint 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

Danbury Mint 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

Final Bid:
$56
1930s "Seuss Navy" Admiral Hat

1930s "Seuss Navy" Admiral Hat

Final Bid:
$75
Antique "Polygamy, or the Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism" by J. H. Beadle

Antique "Polygamy, or the Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism" by J. H. Beadle

Final Bid:
$201
Assortment of Pressed Steel Cars

Assortment of Pressed Steel Cars

Final Bid:
$450
Signed Original 1888 Fantastical Graphite Drawing on Paper of Monsters

Signed Original 1888 Fantastical Graphite Drawing on Paper of Monsters

Final Bid:
$95
Signed Second Printing "Seven Years in Tibet" by Heinrich Harrer

Signed Second Printing "Seven Years in Tibet" by Heinrich Harrer

Final Bid:
$41
Sterling Silver Tea Strainer Spoons

Sterling Silver Tea Strainer Spoons

Final Bid:
$48
Copper Tray with Hammered Woodland Scene

Copper Tray with Hammered Woodland Scene

Final Bid:
$65
Danish Mid-Century Upholstered Stool Pair by RYA

Danish Mid-Century Upholstered Stool Pair by RYA

Final Bid:
$355
Metal Chocolate Dove Mold

Metal Chocolate Dove Mold

Final Bid:
$18
Lithograph on Paper After Marc Chagall's "The Tribe of Benjamin"

Lithograph on Paper After Marc Chagall's "The Tribe of Benjamin"

Final Bid:
$625
Cloisonné Handled Pocket Knife and Bottle Opener

Cloisonné Handled Pocket Knife and Bottle Opener

Final Bid:
$30
James Maher Plaster Bust on Marble Base

James Maher Plaster Bust on Marble Base

Final Bid:
$275
Hermes Visionaire No. 32 Travel Photo Book

Hermes Visionaire No. 32 Travel Photo Book

Final Bid:
$200
Julia Elko Cohen Oil Painting of a Female Figure

Julia Elko Cohen Oil Painting of a Female Figure

Final Bid:
$551
Vintage Victorian Style Twin Size Walnut Headboard and Footboard

Vintage Victorian Style Twin Size Walnut Headboard and Footboard

Final Bid:
$275
Nautical Theme Wooden Bookends

Nautical Theme Wooden Bookends

Final Bid:
$24
Antique Rustic Cabinet with Stepback Hutch

Antique Rustic Cabinet with Stepback Hutch

Final Bid:
$94
Vintage Machine Made Graphic Shag Area Rug by Rya

Vintage Machine Made Graphic Shag Area Rug by Rya

Final Bid:
$217
Antique Brass and Mixed Wood Music Stand

Antique Brass and Mixed Wood Music Stand

Final Bid:
$55
Needlepoint of a House

Needlepoint of a House

Final Bid:
$14
NBC Television, Press and Annie Badges and Pins from Dick Schneider

NBC Television, Press and Annie Badges and Pins from Dick Schneider

Final Bid:
$12
Farmhouse Style Bench

Farmhouse Style Bench

Final Bid:
$93
James Maher Oil Painting of a Landscape "Pacific Sunset"

James Maher Oil Painting of a Landscape "Pacific Sunset"

Final Bid:
$85
Vintage Gold and Silver Tone Compact Keychain

Vintage Gold and Silver Tone Compact Keychain

Final Bid:
$50
Smith Corona Travel Skyriter Typewriter

Smith Corona Travel Skyriter Typewriter

Final Bid:
$36
Commemorative Champagne Flutes

Commemorative Champagne Flutes

Final Bid:
$1
Assorted Men's Bow Ties

Assorted Men's Bow Ties

Final Bid:
$8
Ermenegildo Zegna Men's Tuxedo Suit

Ermenegildo Zegna Men's Tuxedo Suit

Final Bid:
$55
Pair of Vintage Doulton Lambeth Stoneware Liquor Jugs

Pair of Vintage Doulton Lambeth Stoneware Liquor Jugs

Final Bid:
$35
Figural Copper Sculpture by James Maher

Figural Copper Sculpture by James Maher

Final Bid:
$60
Men's Burberry Trench with Fleece Insert

Men's Burberry Trench with Fleece Insert

Final Bid:
$90
Pair of Photographs of Figurative Scenes

Pair of Photographs of Figurative Scenes

Final Bid:
$16
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Seller Story: Dick Schneider, Boston, MA

How did you and Mr. Schneider first become friends?

We met while doing volunteer work in the church and became good friends, and were together for about forty years.

As the person closest to the man behind the scenes, how would you describe him to the television audience that never got to see him on screen?

He was very caring, very generous and concerned about everyone. He put everyone else first, he knew it was important to treat others with decency and respect above his own personal interests. He had such a tremendous interest about everyone and everything.

I bet that quality came in handy for Jeopardy!

He was very interested in every subject. What he didn’t know about, he read up on. He was a very intelligent, well-rounded, and well-read man.