December 7, 2002 |
The Wide World of Roone has just gotten wider. What is it about eulogies? Why can't we celebrate the dead for who they were instead of for who they weren't? It's as if the reality of their lives was not good enough, making it necessary to wrap them in gauzy, feel-good fantasy. That was true for Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy Jr. Only after she died did we learn from teary media mourners that Diana was America's "princess of hearts."
December 6, 2002 |
One of Roone Arledge's closest friends was Ed Hookstratten, the powerful Beverly Hills broadcast agent whose clientele includes Tom Brokaw, Vin Scully, Dick Enberg and many more of their ilk. Arledge, the former ABC Sports and ABC News president, died Thursday at 71 of complications from cancer. Hookstratten knew him as well as anyone. "There are certain people who play in another league," Hookstratten said. "Sandy Koufax played baseball in another league.
December 6, 2002 |
When Roone Arledge and his young assistant, Dick Ebersol, finally left the ABC studios in Munich, West Germany, on the morning of Sept. 5, 1972, the only people still left inside were janitors, sweeping floors. It was just before dawn. Just a few hours before, Mark Spitz had won his seventh gold medal at the Olympic swimming pool. Arledge and Ebersol went outside and, under a dark night sky, lingered for perhaps 20 minutes, reveling in the Olympic action and ABC's coverage.
June 12, 1998 |
Some people laughed when Roone Arledge, Mr. TV Sports, took over as president of ABC News. Some jeered. A few of us critics saw it as another sign of decline and fall. Well, we were wrong. Now Arledge, 66, has officially retired as chief executive of ABC News and we can see his legacy is an awesome one, and that how ever he started out, he became a giant.
May 30, 1998 |
After a storied 21-year tenure that allowed ABC to proclaim "More Americans get their news from ABC News than any other source," ABC News Chairman Roone Arledge will yield daily oversight of that division Monday to David Westin, who became its president in March, 1997. Arledge is generally credited as the mastermind behind such venerable network franchises as "Monday Night Football" (introduced during his tenure running ABC Sports) and the award-winning late-night news program "Nightline."
December 13, 1996 |
ABC News President Roone Arledge on Thursday proposed major changes in the way the networks make time for serious news shows--including documentaries, presidential debates and national political party conventions. Arledge, who spoke after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Center for Communication, suggested that the networks occasionally replace entertainment shows that are suffering in the ratings with serious news documentaries.