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SANTA ANA : College to Honor TV’s ‘Home Videos’

The hit television series “America’s Funniest Home Videos” will be honored at Rancho Santiago College’s 10th annual “Television Tribute” on Oct. 19.

The show, which presents viewer-produced video clips each week, captures the blunders and pratfalls of home contestants and has been a television ratings hit since it made its debut in January, 1990.

The tribute is an annual event presented by the college’s telecommunications department and serves as a fund-raiser for the department’s Scholarship and Production Fund. Programs honored in previous years include “Gilligan’s Island,” “Lassie,” and “Candid Camera.”

“By honoring ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos,’ we are in a sense coming full circle from our first salute to Allen Funt’s ‘Candid Camera’ 10 years ago,” said Terry Bales, chairman of the telecommunications department.

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The creator of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” television producer Vin Di Bona, will be appearing at the event. Di Bona has won four Emmy Awards and his production credits also include “MacGyver,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “America’s Funniest People.”

Di Bona will be joined by co-producers Henry Kimmel and Steve Paskay who will give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the show and present a montage of the show’s prize-winning entries.

Audience members will have the opportunity to win door prizes, including autographed scripts, T-shirts, tickets to Angel and Dodger baseball games and spending the day with host Bob Saget and the show’s crew.

Tickets for the event cost $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling the Rancho Santiago College Fine and Performing Arts Box Office at (714) 564-5661. For more information, call the Fine and Performing Arts Division office at (714) 564-5600.

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