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Robert Herridge
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TV Executive
    (January 12, 1914-August 14, 1981)
    Born in New Jersey
    Writer for 'Studio One'
    Hosted 'The Robert Herridge Theatre'
    Created the CBS television program 'Camera Three'
    Produced more than 1,700 hours of TV programming
    He was a Beatnik.
    His nickname was Huckleberry Dracula (wait - what?).
    He waged a war with A.B.M. (what he called 'the American Business Machine' in television) which he lost - resulting in his influence waning into the 1960s.
    For instance, Mobil Oil turned down his proposal for an hour-long public-television series of jazz programs 'done pure' in the late seventies.
    He produced one of the first American network television shows specifically about jazz.
    He won three Emmys and a Peabody award.
    His last broadcast was a Salute to Duke Ellington in 1981 for PBS.
    Before going into television, he worked on road gangs, as a farm hand, and on beaches as a lifeguard.
    He said: 'Television is an important medium and I get tired of intellectuals looking down their noses at it. It is a communal communication form and a communal art form.'
    'The Sound of Jazz' was essentially the mainstream's first exposure to Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Billie Holiday.

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