Please join us at the 2018 Samuel D. Affron Memorial Lecture for a special 75th anniversary screening of the movie Jane Eyre, starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine and conversation with Jeffrey Lyons. The five-time New York Emmy Award winner and MSMC 2002 Honorary Degree recipient will speak on his life, career and share personal reminiscences of the film’s star, Orson Welles.
Doors open at 6 pm in the Aquinas Hall Theatre.
Please note that this event has been rescheduled from it's original date of March 2.
Five-time New York Emmy Award winner Jeffrey Lyons has reviewed more than 15,000 movies and 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays; interviewed nearly 500 actors; written or co-authored seven books; co-hosted three national movie review shows on PBS, MSNBC, and NBC; and received two honorary degrees throughout a 47-year career on television and radio.
After graduating from Syracuse Law School with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1969, Lyons conducted his first professional interview for NBC radio’s iconic Monitor program with Debbie Reynolds. Since then, he’s interviewed nearly every movie star of the past five decades.
Lyons began his journalism career working for the Newhouse Newspapers, followed by the New York Times and Westinghouse Radio. Two years later, he joined New York’s WPIX-TV, where he would conduct interviews and review movies and theater for 21 years. He began to be seen nationally on The Independent Network News via Tribune Broadcasting, and in 1982, was chosen over 300 aspirants to co-host Sneak Previews, the famous PBS movie review program which he co-hosted for 12 seasons (1982-92 and 1994-96).
In 1996, Lyons joined WNBC as their film and theater critic. He also reviewed movies with his son Ben Lyons on MSNBC’s At The Movies in 2003, and created and co-hosted Reel Talk for five years, a ratings winner on all 154 NBC stations. In 2013-14 he appeared on 10 episodes of MSG-TV’s The Lineup reviewing movies about sports
and New York, winning five Emmys.
His most recent and highly-acclaimed book is What A Time It Was! Leonard Lyons and the Golden Age of New York Nightlife, a sequel to Stories My Father Told Me, Notes From the Lyons Den. Both are collections of anecdotes from his father Leonard Lyons’ iconic Broadway column, along with his own interviews.
Lyons other passion is baseball, a subject he’s explored in several of his books. He currently syndicates five baseball trivia questions every weekday and broadcasts Boston Red Sox games on the Red Sox radio network in English and Spanish. His son Ben Lyons is a TV personality, ESPN-LA radio sports anchor, and fellow film critic.
Lyons continues his career reviewing movies on WCBS radio in New York and through national syndication on Lyons Den radio, and occasionally on TV. He is also the host of the San Diego and Southern City Film Festivals and holds honorary degrees from Hofstra University and Mount Saint Mary College.
The Samuel D. Affron Memorial Lecture Series
Jerome S. Affron, a former Mount Saint Mary College trustee, established the Samuel D. Affron Memorial Lecture Series in honor of his father in 1982.
A native of Kingston, Samuel D. Affron was deeply interested in education and served on the board of education in Beacon, N.Y. for many years. He was a man of many talents and interests. He pursued a variety of careers, including an automobile dealership. Mr. Affron served in the armed forces during World War I.