Spivak, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Edmund), 1900-1994

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1900-06-11
Death 1994-03-09

Biographical notes:

Television producer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Lawrence E.Spivak : oral history, 1983. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309738962

Radio and television producer, editor, and publisher.

From the description of Lawrence E. Spivak papers, 1917-1994 (bulk 1945-1983). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979835

Biographical Note

  • 1900, June 11: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1921: A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1921 - 1930 : Business manager, Antiques magazine
  • 1924: Married Charlotte Beir Ring
  • 1930 - 1933 : Circulation director and assistant to the publisher, Hunting and Fishing and National Sportsman magazines
  • 1934 - 1939 : Business manager, American Mercury
  • 1937 - 1950 : Published paperback mystery and science fiction stories through Mercury Publications, Inc.
  • 1939 - 1944 : Publisher, American Mercury
  • 1944 - 1950 : Publisher and editor, American Mercury
  • 1945: Cofounder, co-originator, and coproducer with Martha Rountree of "Meet the Press," a radio program broadcast over the Mutual Broadcasting System to promote the American Mercury
  • 1947: "Meet the Press" separated from American Mercury, Inc., and put under Press Productions, Inc., with the stock split between Spivak and Martha Rountree "Meet the Press" television debut
  • 1948: "Meet the Press" aired as a regular series on the National Broadcasting Co.
  • 1950: “Meet the Press” canceled by Mutual Broadcasting System
  • 1951: "Meet the Press" thirteen-week extra series sponsored by Saturday Evening Post Teleproductions, Inc., established
  • 1952: Televentions, Inc., established "Meet the Press" awarded George Foster Peabody Television Award
  • 1953: Bought Martha Rountree's interest in "Meet the Press" Televentions, Inc., dissolved
  • 1954: Sold interest in Mercury Publications, Inc.
  • 1955: "Meet the Press" purchased by National Broadcasting Co.
  • 1956: Press Productions, Inc., dissolved
  • 1956 - 1975 : Regular panelist and producer, "Meet the Press"
  • 1964: "Meet the Press" interview of French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville on its first intercontinental show via the Telstar satellite
  • 1965: "Meet the Press" interview of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson on its first transatlantic satellite show
  • 1973: Teleproductions, Inc., dissolved
  • 1975: Retired from "Meet the Press"
  • 1975 - circa 1989 : Consultant, National Broadcasting Co.
  • 1983: Last appearance on "Meet the Press"
  • 1985 - 1994 : Producer with Julia White, Public Broadcasting System television shows by Southern Center for International Studies
  • 1994, Mar. 9: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Lawrence E. Spivak Papers, 1917-1994, (bulk 1945-1983), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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  • Civil rights
  • Cancer--Treatment
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  • American periodicals
  • Anti-communist movements
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  • Radio producers
  • Television producers

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