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September 12, 1990
Ron Townsend, president of Gannett Television Group, has become the first black applicant accepted for membership in the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, the golf club confirmed Tuesday. An announcement from Gannett said Townsend has direct responsibility for six of the company's television stations. Townsend, 48, was director of field services for the Children's Television Workshop and was involved in the children's programs, "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company."
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September 12, 1990
Ron Townsend, president of Gannett Television Group, has become the first black applicant accepted for membership in the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, the golf club confirmed Tuesday. An announcement from Gannett said Townsend has direct responsibility for six of the company's television stations. Townsend, 48, was director of field services for the Children's Television Workshop and was involved in the children's programs, "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company."
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September 12, 1990 | From Associated Press
Ron Townsend, president of Gannett Television, is the first black member of the Augusta National Golf Club, but the 48-year-old self-confessed golf nut said his acceptance had nothing to do with the racial controversy that raged at last month's PGA Championship. Augusta National officials made the official announcement Tuesday, saying Townsend, who heads six of Gannett's television stations, had accepted membership in the Georgia club, site of the annual Masters tournament.
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September 8, 2002 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Behind a lush barrier of bamboo and pines as impregnable as a castle's wall, Augusta National Golf Club appears snugly insulated from the controversy raging around it. While outsiders debate the club's right to remain an all-male bastion, the only activity visible within its closed gates is the annual primping that precedes a new winter season at one of America's most venerated golf courses.
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