On June 18, the Nationwide Academy of Tv Arts & Sciences honored Bob Vila together with This Previous Home with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the forty ninth Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The longstanding house enchancment present joins the ranks of 60 Minutes and Sesame Avenue as being solely the third tv program to obtain this particular Emmy award.
This Previous Home was pioneer programming, paving the best way for immediately’s plethora of house enchancment tv. Bob was an expert contractor in Massachusetts when he was approached with the prospect to host. Whereas there was nothing prefer it on tv on the time, he figured it was at the very least a very good alternative to advertise his work. Plus, Bob says, he appreciated that “there was credibility behind it.”
For a decade, he guided viewers by means of the method of constructing and reworking actual folks’s homes and highlighted the expert staff behind them. “We had been the primary present ever to assist folks work out how a home was constructed and what was behind the plaster,” he says. “Individuals responded to it, whether or not a lawyer in Manhattan or a suburbanite.”
It wasn’t simply instructional for the viewers at house, one in all Bob’s favourite components was studying from the specialists featured on the present. “It was type of like being paid to go to high school,” he says. “A studying expertise we benefited from—we had been all studying from the specialists that had been introduced in.”
Bob left This Previous Home in 1989, however continued creating credible, informational exhibits, together with Restore America and House Once more with Bob Vila. “Once I went off alone it was nonetheless the identical factor: bringing folks on, researching the newest know-how.”
Whereas Bob is now not surveying homes on TV, he’s nonetheless concerned with many house enchancment initiatives. “I by no means stopped getting concerned in house remodels.” He presently works together with his son Chris renovating homes in Palm Seashore, FL. And very like his former exhibits, he prioritizes outdated properties. “Most homes are from the Forties and Fifties, and one we’re engaged on is from the early 1900s.”
He’s additionally actively concerned with the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, the Finca Vigía Basis (targeted on restoring and preserving Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba), and the Nationwide Belief for Historic Preservation, which Bob says is “the most important honor of [his] profession.” It’s essential to him to have the ability to take part in initiatives that protect structure.
And as if the 76-year outdated handyman didn’t have sufficient to maintain him busy, this summer season he begins work on reworking his New York Metropolis house.
The Emmys ceremony was live-streamed on June 18. You may rewatch it right here.