Jack Wrather
American businessman
Jack Wrather
John Devereaux "Jack" Wrather, Jr., was a petroleum millionaire who became a television producer and later diversified by investing in broadcast stations and resort properties. He is best known for producing The Lone Ranger, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, and Lassie television series in the 1950s. Wrather was born in Amarillo, Texas, the seat of Potter County, and grew up in Tyler, the seat of Smith County.
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Lone Ranger's code is what made him great - Daily Breeze
Google News - over 5 years
For years, he would only appear in public masked, only to be unmasked in 1979 by Jack Wrather, owner of the Lone Ranger brand. For a time, until he won a countersuit, Moore wore outsized Foster Grant sunglasses as a substitute
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La storia degli Hotel tematici Disney - Parksmania
Google News - over 5 years
Walt però non aveva più soldi da investire - tutto era ormai bloccato su Disneyland - e chiese quindi al suo amico Jack Wrather di costruire e gestire lui l'Hotel, che si sarebbe trovato sul lato ovest della proprietà e avrebbe avuto il diritto di
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Disneyland Hotel Renovation Update - About - News & Issues
Google News - over 5 years
If you've ever wondered what they were thinking, here's the short version of the story: In 1988 , Disney took over the Jack Wrather Corporation to get its hands on the property that is now the Disneyland Hotel, which they had been trying to buy for 30
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Paid Notice: Deaths CARVER, MARIE
NYTimes - over 18 years
CARVER-Marie (nee Frega), died at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, on August 30, 1998, after a brief illness. Mrs. Carver was predeceased by her beloved husband, William and her fond companion, Charles Dreitlein. She is survived by her dear cousin, Sophie Walsh and her devoted brother-in-law, Gino Bagnasco. Marie Carver was for many years
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Thomas McDermott, 65, Producer Who Created 'Father Knows Best'
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: Thomas J. McDermott, an independent television producer who created many popular shows, including ''Father Knows Best'' and the daytime serials ''As the World Turns'' and ''The Edge of Night,'' died on Saturday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 65 years old. Thomas J. McDermott, an independent television producer who created many
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OUT OF THE KITCHEN, INTO THE CABINET
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT tasks facing each new Administration is the formation of its Cabinet. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT tasks facing each new Administration is the formation of its Cabinet. Few things are given higher priority since almost every other appointment waits on who will head each department and agency. So it was in 1980, when
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Bonita G. Wrather, 65, an Actress and Executive
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Bonita Granville Wrather, a child film star of the 1930's and a longtime executive in the Wrather Corporation, a complex of oil, entertainment and real estate businesses founded by her husband, Jack Wrather, died of cancer yesterday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 65 years old and had homes in Holmby Hills, Calif., and
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BUSINESS PEOPLE; New Zealand Investor Turns to U.S. Market
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: Ronald A. Brierly, a New Zealand corporate raider, has amassed a fortune acquiring small, neglected companies in old-line industries. His methods were considered so unorthodox at a time when unfriendly deals were unusual that his applications for a listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange were rejected seven times before Brierly Investments
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Wrathers Open To Takeover
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The largest shareholders of the Wrather Corporation said today they were willing to consider a takeover, an apparent invitation to an unidentified suitor to sweeten an offer that the company rejected Monday. The largest shareholders of the Wrather Corporation said today they were willing to consider a takeover, an apparent invitation to an
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Wrather Says No to Offer
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The Wrather Corporation said today that it had spurned an unsolicited takeover offer of about $170 million from an unspecified bidder and had adopted a shareholder rights plan. The Wrather Corporation said today that it had spurned an unsolicited takeover offer of about $170 million from an unspecified bidder and had adopted a shareholder
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JACK WRATHER, 66, DIES IN CALIFORNIA
NYTimes - over 32 years
Jack Wrather, a California industrialist who headed the Wrather Corporation, a combination of oil, entertainment and real-estate businesses, died of cancer yesterday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 66 years old and lived in Los Angeles. Mr. Wrather was among the five prominent business executives in Southern California whom
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DALLAS TIPS ITS HAT AS THE PARTIES BEGIN
NYTimes - over 32 years
The Republican National Convention here next week may turn into one grand old party. Since there is not much doubt about who the Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominees will be, much of the excitement at the convention is centering on the dozens of razzle- dazzle parties that are planned. These include a night at Nelson Bunker Hunt's ranch; a
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ESTATE IS ROYAL SETTING FOR ROYAL VISIT
NYTimes - almost 34 years
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were treated to a slice of the American dream today when they traveled to Rancho Mirage, 15 miles southeast of Palm Springs, to lunch at one of the country's most luxurious estates. The 205-acre desert oasis is owned by Walter H. Annenberg, the publishing magnate who served as Ambassador to Britain in the Nixon
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NEW YEAR GIVES TIME FOR OLD FRIENDS
NYTimes - about 34 years
On holiday here, President Reagan does his paper work at Sunnylands, the lavish, art-filled compound of his hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Annenberg. He plays golf on the Annenbergs' private course, and at sunset, from the estate's sprawling gardens, he can watch the San Jacinto Mountains turn violet. In the evenings, Mr. Reagan and his wife, Nancy,
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HERITAGE FOUNDATION GIVES LEHRMAN POST; Heritage Foundation Gives Lehrman Post
NYTimes - over 34 years
Lewis E. Lehrman, the unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of New York, is one of four political and business figures named to the board of trustees of the Heritage Foundation conservative ''think tank.'' The board chairman, Frank Shakespeare, announced Thursday that Mr. Lehrman, Jack Wrather of Los Angeles, Robert Dee of Philadelphia and
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Market Place; Wrather Corp. Is Staying Put
NYTimes - almost 35 years
NO thought is being given now to liquidating the Wrather Corporation although a decade ago the company was considering winding up its affairs. That was the word from a Wrather executive yesterday in response to an inquiry concerning recent strength in the company's shares. The common stock has risen on rumors that this corporate owner of hotel and
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REAGAN PLAYS GOLF BEFORE BIG PARTY
NYTimes - about 35 years
President Reagan played golf today and then prepared to welcome the new year with 90 friends and senior members of his Administration at a private dinner and dancing party at the 200-acre estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg here. Mr. Reagan, who arrived at the estate by helicopter Wednesday afternoon, reviewed intelligence reports this morning
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REAGAN ALLIES TRY ANEW TO MOLD CALIFORNIA POLITICS
NYTimes - over 35 years
In 1965, a group of wealthy, politically conservative Republicans who were unhappy with the liberal drift of national affairs decided to groom their own man to become Governor of California, hoping that he might someday become a Presidential candidate. The man they chose to invest in was Ronald Reagan, and their campaign contributions started the
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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: AT HOME ON THE RANCHO...
NYTimes - over 35 years
For 10 days now, President Reagan has been in seclusion in the Santa Ynez Mountains north of this seaside community. He has made only one public appearance, to sign his economic package into law Thursday, a day when Rancho del Cielo was cloaked in fog. Today Mr. Reagan visited briefly with Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr., who will travel
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WASHINGTON ; The Evening Hours; ARCHITECTS IN CAPITAL
NYTimes - almost 36 years
W HAT do architects talk about at candlelit tables gleaming with crystal as white-gloved waiters serve up fingerbowls and champagne? Buildings. ''This is the best room in the country - where would you find this in New York?'' asked Philip Johnson, the master architect of the Chippendale-topped A.T.&T. skyscraper in Manhattan. ''Watch how those
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Wrather
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1984
    Age 65
    Wrather died of cancer on November 12, 1984 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details His funeral was held at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills and was buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery, in Culver City, California. Disney finally acquired the Disneyland Hotel in 1987, when it purchased half share ownership in the Wrather Corporation and the other half in 1988. Disney has retained the hotel but sold off most of the other assets. Most of the popular Wrather franchises are now owned by DreamWorks Classics. Various documents related to Wrather, Bonita Granville, and the Wrather company are archived at Loyola Marymount University as part of its Center for the Study of Los Angeles collection.
  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 42
    In 1961, he combined his various holdings into the Wrather Corporation.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 39
    The Independent Television Corporation was formed as a joint venture between Jack Wrather and the British Incorporated Television Company in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details In September 1958, Independent Television Corporation purchased TPA for $11,350,000. The company operated primarily as a distribution service for syndicating television shows produced by Wrather or the British ITC company. Wrather later (about 1959–60) sold his shares of Independent Television Corporation to ITC. He was also the founder of Los Angeles public television station KCET. Wrather is known as the man that "sued the mask off the Lone Ranger". When a new theatrical movie version of the Lone Ranger was being produced during the late 1970s, Wrather obtained a court order requiring Clayton Moore to quit making public appearances as the Lone Ranger. This resulted in a great deal of negative publicity and The Legend of the Lone Ranger released in 1981 was not well received. Before Wrather died, he gave permission for Clayton Moore to resume making public appearances in costume.
    In 1958, Wrather bought Alvarez's shares of Wrather-Alvarez and became sole owner of its television and hotel assets.
    More Details Hide Details The Wrather-Alvarez holdings were distributed into separate companies: Wrather Hotels, Lone Ranger Inc., Lone Ranger Television, Lone Ranger Pictures, and Lassie Television.
  • 1954
    Age 35
    In 1954, Wrather-Alvarez purchased the complete rights to The Lone Ranger and took over production of the television series (1954–1957).
    More Details Hide Details The corporation also purchased the Lassie television series in 1956 and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon in 1957. The Wrather-Alvarez relationship did not end well because Wrather had discovered that "Miss" Alvarez had married former partner John Hill when he had been "bought out" and his shares given to Alvarez. Wrather unsuccessfully sued Alvarez and Hill for fraud.
  • 1953
    Age 34
    Wrather-Alvarez went on to purchase the San Diego television and radio stations KFMB-TV and KFMB in 1953 and New York City radio station WNEW in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Television station KOTV was sold in 1954 when Alvarez relocated to the San Diego station. Wrather-Alvarez also owned WJDW-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, and donated it in 1965 to the WGBH Educational Foundation, which operates it as the PBS station WGBX-TV. Wrather-Alvarez also financed and owned the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Walt Disney asked Wrather to build the hotel after Disney had exhausted his credit line in building the Disneyland theme park. The hotel was completed in 1955, and immediately shared the success of Disneyland. When Disney later attempted to buy the hotel, Wrather refused to sell.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 28
    In 1947, he married movie actress Bonita Granville.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children. Granville appeared in over 40 movies during the 1930s and 1940s and on many dramatic television series during the 1950s, and later became a producer for the Lassie show. She is best known for playing the role of Nancy Drew in a series of movies in the late 1930s and being the narrator for Lassie. Wrather purchased 70 percent share of the television station KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma from fellow oil millionaire George Cameron. The other 30 percent was owned by station manager Maria Helen Alvarez and commercial manager John Hill. Wrather knew nothing about the management of a station and offered to increase Alvarez and Hill to 50 per cent of the stock in exchange for their services. Hill wanted to move on to real estate, so Wrather agreed to purchase his shares and increase Alvarez to 50 per cent owner in the new Wrather-Alvarez Television and Wrather-Alvarez Broadcasting companies.
  • 1946
    Age 27
    After the war, Wrather bought a home in Hollywood and became a movie producer, founding Jack Wrather Pictures Inc. In 1946, he produced his first movie, The Guilty, starring Bonita Granville, whom he would later marry.
    More Details Hide Details By 1955, he had produced six more movies, including High Tide, Perilous Waters, Strike It Rich and Guilty of Treason. The films were produced for Eagle-Lion Films, Warner Bros. Allied Artists and United Artists.
  • 1945
    Age 26
    On, he married Molly O'Daniel, the daughter of Democratic Governor and later U.S. Senator Wilbert Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel. They had two children. They eventually filed for divorced in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Wrather served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve during World War II (1942–1947) in three campaigns and commanded a Marine air group in the Philippines.
  • 1939
    Age 20
    He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1939.
    More Details Hide Details Wrather worked in the oilfields of East Texas as a wildcatter and pipeline walker as his college summer job. The early 1940s with his father's illness, Jack took over as president of his father's oil company, Overton Refining Company.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1935
    Age 16
    Wrather was born in Amarillo, Texas on to Mazie (Cogdell) and John Devereaux Wrather, Sr. They moved to Tyler, where he grew up and graduated from the local high school in 1935.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1918
    Born
    Born on May 24, 1918.
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