Sylvester "Pat" Weaver
Sylvester "Pat" Weaver
Sylvester Barnabee "Pat" Weaver was an American radio advertising executive, who became president of NBC between 1953 and 1955. He has been credited with reshaping commercial broadcasting's format and philosophy as radio gave way to television as America's dominant home entertainment. His daughter is actress Sigourney Weaver.
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Russellville gifted with renown native daughter blues memorabilia - Business Clarksville
Google News - over 5 years
She was a recipient of the “Sylvester Weaver Award” of the Kentuckiana Blues Society. Dr. Nancy Dawson, African American History scholar and independent research expert, introduced Margarie Marshall , a longtime friend of Ms Fisher during her years in
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Roone Arledge, 71, a Force In TV Sports and News, Dies
NYTimes - about 14 years
Roone Arledge, the television industry executive and producer whose creativity, leadership and technical innovations revolutionized the presentation of both news and sports, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 71. The cause was complications from cancer, said ABC, his professional home for decades. Mr. Arledge, who served first as president of ABC
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Sylvester Weaver, 93, Dies; Created 'Today' and 'Tonight'
NYTimes - almost 15 years
Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., a pioneering television executive who created the NBC programs ''Today'' and ''Tonight'' and did much to shape the medium's pervasive influence, died Friday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 93. Mr. Weaver, who worked at NBC from 1949 until 1956, when he resigned as chairman, went into television with a background
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Stage: A Black Athlete's Struggle, in 'Anchorman'
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: PAUL CARTER HARRISON'S musical drama ''Anchorman'' is subtitled ''a blues operetta,'' but that doesn't mean it contains any of the buoyancy one associates with operetta. This hysterically enraged expression of racial antagonism is about as lighthearted as a wake. PAUL CARTER HARRISON'S musical drama ''Anchorman'' is subtitled ''a blues
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THEATER: 'TWO CAN PLAY'
NYTimes - almost 32 years
IN a back-street neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, Jim and Gloria Thomas act out the eternal misalliance between a man and a woman dedicated to a husband's self-interest. The play, Trevor Rhone's ''Two Can Play'' (at the Negro Ensemble Company), is a boisterous two-character farce guaranteed to make theatergoers cheer the awakening wife. Though
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HELEN HUMES, SINGER OF BALLADS AND BLUES, 68
NYTimes - over 35 years
Helen Humes, whose high-pitched, sweet-toned voice was heard with Count Basie's orchestra for four years and who subsequently had a long career as a singer of both ballads and blues, died of cancer at a Santa Monica, Calif., nursing home yesterday. She was 68 years old and maintained homes in Louisville, Ky., New York and Los Angeles. Miss Humes
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sylvester "Pat" Weaver
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 93
    He died in 2002 at his home in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 93.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 51
    In 1960, years after leaving NBC, Weaver displayed his frustration with the network in an article in the Sunday Denver Post.
    More Details Hide Details What once was the "Golden Age" of television in the early 1950s, slowly diminished by the end of the decade into the early 1960s when he claimed networks made a series of bad decisions. In the article he noted management problems within NBC, CBS and ABC: "Television has gone from about a dozen forms to just two-news shows and the Hollywood stories. The blame lies in the management of NBC, CBS and ABC. Management doesn't give the people what they deserve. I don't see any hope in the system as it is."
  • FORTIES
  • 1955
    Age 46
    Weaver didn't ignore NBC Radio, either. In 1955, as network radio was dying, Weaver gave it one of the greatest adrenaline kicks in its history with NBC Monitor, a weekend-long magazine-style programming block that featured an array of news, music, comedy, drama, sports, and anything that could be broadcast within magazine style, with rotating advertisers and some of the most memorable names in broadcast journalism, entertainment and sports.
    More Details Hide Details NBC Monitor long outlived Weaver's tenure running the network. Following disputes with chieftain David Sarnoff, Weaver departed. His ideas were either too expensive or too highbrow for company tastes. His successors (first, Sarnoff's son, Robert; then, Robert Kintner) standardized the network's programming practices with far less of the ambitiousness that characterized the Weaver years.
  • 1952
    Age 43
    Weaver created Today in 1952, followed by Tonight (1954) with Steve Allen, Home (1954) with Arlene Francis and Wide Wide World (1955), hosted by Dave Garroway.
    More Details Hide Details He believed so deeply that broadcasting should educate as well as entertain that he typically required NBC shows to include at least one sophisticated cultural reference or performance per installment - including a segment of a Verdi opera adapted to the comic style of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca's groundbreaking Your Show of Shows.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 33
    She retired from acting when she married in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details The couple were the parents of two children; Trajan Victor Charles and Sigourney (born Susan Alexandra). She acted with her daughter Sigourney in the sci-fi film "Aliens." Weaver worked for the Young & Rubicam advertising agency during the golden age of radio. In the mid-1930s he produced Fred Allen's Town Hall Tonight radio show, and he then supervised all the agency's radio programming. NBC hired him in 1949 to challenge the CBS network's programming lead. At NBC, Weaver established many operating practices that became standard for network television. He introduced the practice of networks producing their own television programming, then selling advertising time during the broadcasts. Prior to that, ad agencies usually created each show for a particular client. Because commercial announcements could now more easily be sold to more than one company sponsor for each program, a single advertiser pulling out would not necessarily threaten a program.
    He married Elizabeth Inglis in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details She was born Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins on July 10, 1913 in Colchester, County Essex, England; and died on August 25, 2007 in Santa Barbara, California. She made her screen debut in Borrowed Clothes (1934) as well as having a number of small parts in some of Alfred Hitchcock's early movies. She reached the high point of her career when she co-starred with Bette Davis in William Wyler's The Letter.
    He also served in the United States Navy from 1942 through 1945.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1930
    Age 21
    He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1930, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    Born on December 21, 1908.
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