“If Opportunity Doesn’t Knock, Build a Door.”
While Milton Berle (a.k.a.: Uncle Miltie) was known for a lot of zany stuff, this quote is crystal clear.
Milton was the child of a paint salesman and a department store detective. His film career began with an appearance in the 1914 silent film classic, The Perils of Pauline where, as legend has it, he was thrown from a speeding train. At the age of six.
It was all uphill from there.
His silent film career spanned more than fifty films. While Milton went onto Broadway, vaudeville, the talkies, and radio, it was television that brought him the greatest success. His Texaco Star Theater, first broadcast in 1948 opened Milton’s largest door.
When Milton originally went on the air, there were only 500,000 sets in the entire country. By mid-season, the number had skyrocketed to over a million and by 1954, mote than 26 million American homes had at least two television sets. He is reputed to have sold more television sets than any advertising campaign. – (the official Milton Berle website)
While there’s an element of luck in everything, opportunity awaits only those that seek it.
It’s up to you to build that door …
And now, for something you’ve likely never seen before. Milton Berle with Harpo Marx, from the days when television was something special: