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Perry Wolff
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TV Executive
    (June 12, 1921-February 27, 2019)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    CBS News producer, writer and director
    Broadcasts won 17 Emmy Awards
    Best known for producing the 1962 special, 'A Tour of the White House,' featuring First Lady Jackie Kennedy
    Produced documentaries 'The Italians,' 'The Great American Novel,' 'Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed,' 'The Japanese,' 'The American Revolution,' 'The Selling of the Pentagon, Conversations with Eric Sevareid,' 'Inside Hollywood: The Movie Business,' 'Whose America Is It?,' 'The Vanishing Family: Crisis in Black America,' 'The Burger Years,' 'The Battle for Afghanistan' and 'American Dream, American Nightmare: The Seventies'
    His nickname was 'Skeezix.'
    He lost his job at a local CBS-Chicago radio affiliate after blowing the whistle on the station manager for selling drugs at a bar he owned.
    He was criticized by Spiro Agnew over his coverage of the Vietnam War, which he claimed was guilty of a 'credibility gap.'
    He produced the notorious 1963 special 'The Homosexuals' - a project he admitted to being ashamed of.
    He threw Mike Wallace under the bus over the special, saying: '[Wallace] reflected the homophobia of the time ... Mike has had to live with it ever since.'
    He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge serving in World War II.
    He got his start as a ghost writer for 'Guiding Light.'
    He aired the first-ever televised White House tour conducted by a first lady. It garnered 80 million viewers.
    His 1968 special 'Hunger in America' was widely credited with prompting Congress and the Nixon White House to expand the availability of food stamps.
    He was nominated for an Oscar for his 1996 short film 'An Essay on Matisse.'
    He helped to launch the careers of Mike Wallace and Walter Cronkite.
    The limited documentary series he produced, in 1968, 'Of Black America,' was groundbreaking for its time.

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