08:24PM | 08/24/04
Member Since: 08/24/04
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What did bob do before "This old house"? I heard he was a baker or carpenter in brazil. Anyone know?



07:55AM | 08/25/04
Member Since: 11/18/98
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A native of Miami, Bob Vila attended Miami Dade Junior College and received

an Associate of Architecture degree. He entered the University of Florida

in 1965 as an architecture major, and graduated in 1969 with a degree in

Communications Science. Initially, he focused his professional eye on

newspaper reporting. In 1973, after a two-year stint with the Peace Corps,

serving in Panama (1969 and 1970), and two years working and studying in

Europe, Vila returned to the United States and settled in Boston, where he

studied at the Boston Architectural Center before forming his own

residential remodeling and design business.

Bob's restoration of a Victorian Italianate house in Newton Center,

Massachusetts, was honored as 'Heritage House of 1978' by Better Homes and

Gardens and subsequently became the subject of a Boston Globe article. It

was the newspaper profile that caught the attention of a WGBH television

producer, who soon after produced a pilot program on home renovations using

Vila and his Newton Center home as the focal point.

Some months later, Vila was asked to be the host of a 13-part television

series on step-by-step home renovation. Vila agreed, and, in 1979, 'This

Old House' premiered and was an immediate hit in the local Boston market.

The series was subsequently picked up by PBS and was broadcast nationwide on

public television with Vila as its host for ten years.

Home Again is now taping its fifteenth season as Bob and This Old House celebrate 25 years on television.


07:01AM | 08/26/04
Member Since: 11/18/98
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Are two separate companies. We do not make any decisions on what goes into the show. Or it would probably be at my house. In our FAQ section there are the instructions to get your house on the show. However there are about 5,000 applications a year and the show works on one, two and occasionally three projects. And it's not free. The show basically documents the homeowner's progress and delves into projects people have been asking about.

Here are some links to sites that have automated sign ups.



Each one has its own application under "Get on the Show" link

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