Richard Alva

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Richard Alva was born in Gibbon, Nebraska back in 1936 to Alva and Erabel. Both of his parents were teachers. When he was three the family moved to Lincoln. His mother died when he was 10. He completed his education at Lincoln High School. He worked as a caddie at the Lincoln Country Club before leaving for college.

While attending Yale University in his senior year he changed his major from English to drama. After graduation, you could find him working as a copyboy at Time Magazine. He read about Jack Paar where he (Paar) was having difficulty in finding opening monologues. He wrote some jokes, put them in a Time envelope and went to the RCA Building, running into Paar he handed him the envelope. Within a few weeks he was hired as a talent coordinator.

Needless to say, that set him on a pathway to a successful career. I won’t go into a lot of detail as there is no need.

While you may not know Richard Alva, you will readily know the name Richard Alva Cavett, or as we all know him as Dick Cavett. He is alive and well living in Montauk, New York.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - I remember his late night show and I know he lives in Montauk.

Jun 03, 2019 03:34 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray a name from the past.... and happy to hear he's alive and WELL....

Jun 03, 2019 03:55 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Today all he would need is to read quotes from politicians, there would be an overabundance of material.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 03, 2019 04:33 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Showing my age again since I remember watchin his late night show.

Jun 03, 2019 04:51 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Was never a fan, but remember the name! He did have a following. Enjoy your day!

Jun 03, 2019 05:13 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I never knew that Dick Cavett was a writer for Jack Paar.

Jun 03, 2019 05:19 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I used to watch him regularly if nothing else for his intelligence.

Jun 03, 2019 06:54 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have definitely heard of Dick Cavett, but I don't recall where from.  I am thinking he was on a show that my parents watched when I was a kid?

Jun 03, 2019 07:03 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Now Dick had a real start to making it in TV.  Was Johnny Carson also from Nebraska?

Jun 03, 2019 09:29 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - it's good to learn more about people we have "seen" as part of our growing up.  

Jun 03, 2019 10:19 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hello James,

What a delightful story your shared with us, and another one that I did not know about...always learning.  A

Jun 03, 2019 12:19 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I've been watching Dick Cavett for years. Nice to learn some backstory about such an accomplished interviewer.

Jun 03, 2019 01:06 PM #12
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I was thinking it was Johnny Carson....very close but no cigar!

Jun 03, 2019 01:11 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I do know the name Dick Cavett and used to watch his show!!!

Jun 03, 2019 01:22 PM #14
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I appreciated his humor James Dray . Back then everything was not smutty.

Jun 03, 2019 01:46 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, I knew the Dick Cavett show as an afternoon talk show.  I did not know he wrote monologues for The Tonight Show.  

Jun 03, 2019 09:04 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well how about that out of a hundred people you write about we all manage to at least recognize a handful of names and this one we actually remember more than others:)Endre

Jun 03, 2019 11:40 PM #17
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
That was interesting to learn the back story on Dick Cavett.  I didn't know he was a golfer too. 

Jun 04, 2019 08:25 AM #18
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