The Making of 'A Special for Young People'

Sun., July 7 at 10 p.m. ET
Repeats: July 8 at 1 a.m. ET

"A Special for Young People" will be an evening not to miss as seven famed faces of sports, TV, music and more share their unique pasts of courage, faith and determination with those just crossing the threshold of their careers. FOX Fan Central sat down with Producer Marvin Himelfarb to find out why he chose these seven for the Special. From the roads they've traveled to the dreams they've realized, you'll want to hear the stories of these industry pioneers, and here's why:

Florence Henderson, in her 70s and still looking great, is known for her role as the most loved television mom. Her flair and dedication for performance was already emerging at the age of 2, when she perfected a repertoire of 50 songs. Henderson's acting career quickly escalated from playing the lead in the last national tour of Oklahoma to her famous role on "The Brady Bunch."

The extraordinary athlete Bill Russell has won more championships than any professional athlete. He is famed for bringing the Boston Celtics 11 championships during his 13 seasons. Next to Michael Jordan, he is said by many to be the greatest player in NBA history.

The most famous "second banana" in show business, Ed McMahon, is most famous for his work as Johnny Carson's announcer on the "Tonight Show." McMahon worked his way to the top of television, starting as a vegetable-slicer for commercials.

The special also features Barbara Cook, known as "Broadway's favorite ingénue" and later as a famed concert and cabaret artist. FOX News chose her because she is the first female pop singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in the company's 123 years.

Paddy Maloney, famous for his huge Irish grin and his skill for the uillean and elbow pipes, is the leader of the most famous traditional Irish music band. This talented musician has dazzled audiences all over the world.

Commander of the last mission to the moon, Apollo 17, Gene Cernan was also chosen for his astronomical accomplishments. To top off all of his experience with NASA, he was the last man to leave his footprints on the moon.

A baseball mastermind, who bleeds Dodger blue, Tommy Lasorda is the most successful baseball manager in history. In addition to leading the Dodgers to eight division titles and two World Championships, he led the United States Olympic baseball team to its first gold medal in 2000.