Lewis, Mort Reis.

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Lewis was a scriptwriter who wrote for numerous radio and television programs during the 1940s to 1960s. During World War II Lewis worked as a dramatic consultant for the United States Army Special Services. He wrote scripts and staged shows in service hospitals across the country, using patients in the shows. Lewis was active in the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Association of California and the Civil War Centennial Commission during the late 1950s and early 1960s, serving as chair of the Commission's Television Program Committee. In honor of the centennial he wrote a Civil War teleplay, "A Pair of Boots."

From the description of Papers, 1939-1985. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 28485056

Mort Reis Lewis was a Southern California writer and historian. His script for the radio show "A Pair of Boots" was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award (Lewis was a member of the Writers Guild of America). Lewis wrote scripts for several TV shows including "Bonanza," "Rawhide," "Bewitched," and "Dennis the Menace." Lewis also wrote several articles including one each in Lincoln, a contemporary portrait and Lincoln for the ages. Lewis served on the following committees: Television Program Committee Advisory Council to U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission; California Civil War Centennial Commission; Southern California Civil War Round Table; and Lincoln Sesquicentennial Association. He was a life-long friend of historian Allan Nevins and worked on an Oral History Project about Nevins for Columbia University.

From the description of Interviews with Irving Stone and Lilian Bean on Allan Nevins, 1969-1971. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 316604520

Mort Reis Lewis was a Southern California writer and historian. Lewis wrote scripts for several TV shows including "Bonanza," "Rawhide," "Bewitched," and "Dennis the Menace." His script for the radio show "A Pair of Boots" was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award (Lewis was a member of the Writers Guild of America). Lewis also wrote several articles including one each in the anthologies Lincoln, a contemporary portrait and Lincoln for the ages. Lewis served on the following committees: Television Program Committee Advisory Council to U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission; California Civil War Centennial Commission; Southern California Civil War Round Table; and Lincoln Sesquicentennial Association.

Lewis met historian Allan Nevins in 1953 in New York when Nevins was a consultant for a radio show written by Lewis. The two became good friends and continued their friendship until Nevins' death in 1971. After Nevins' death, Lewis spent much of his time trying to honor Nevins' memory by nominating his image for a U.S. postage stamp and by writing pieces on Nevins for a variety of publications including The Los Angeles times West magazine. He also worked on an Oral History Project about Nevins for Columbia University.

From the description of Papers of Mort Reis Lewis, 1953-1985. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 317629510

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associatedWith Eden, Anthony, Earl of Avon, 1897-1977. person
associatedWith Ford, Henry, 1863-1947. person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885. person
associatedWith Haverlin, Carl, 1899-1985. person
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associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
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associatedWith Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968. person
associatedWith Kissinger, Henry, 1923- person
associatedWith Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984. person
associatedWith Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
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associatedWith Loftis, Anne. person
associatedWith Long, E. B. (Everette Beach), 1919-1981. person
associatedWith Los Angeles Times (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922- person
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associatedWith Starr, Louis Morris, 1917-1980. person
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United States
San Marino (Calif.)
United States
United States
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Television programs
World War, 1939-1945--Hospitals
Television authorship
Radio authorship
Recreational therapy
Historians
Radio programs
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
Television scripts
Military hospitals
Radio comedies
Radio scripts
Soldiers--Recreation
Historians--Archives
Television and history
Television comedies
Live television programs
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Radio writers
Television writers
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Active 1971

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