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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