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Roone Arledge

Roone ArledgeAKA Roone Pinckney Arledge, Jr.

Born: 8-Jul-1931
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Died: 5-Dec-2002
Location of death: New York City [1]
Cause of death: Cancer - Prostate
Remains: Cremated, Southampton Cemetery, Southampton, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Sports Figure, Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Created Wide World of Sports

Military service: US Army (1953-55)

Creator of ABC's Wide World of Sports (Thrill of victory... the agony of defeat) and Monday Night Football. Roone introduced to sports the idea of slow-motion replay. Chairman ABC News 1977-2000, where he created Nightline in response to the Iran hostage crisis.


[1] Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City.

Father: Roone Pinckney Arledge, Sr. (attorney, b. 4-Jan-1895, d. 1-Aug-1981)
Mother: Gertrude Agnes Stritmater (b. 6-Oct-1908, d. 28-Oct-1995)
Wife: Joan Heise (m. 1953. div. 1971, four children)
Wife: Gig Shaw (m. 21-May-1994, until his death)
Daughter: Elizabeth Ann Arledge (with Heise)
Daughter: Susan Lee Arledge (with Heise)
Daughter: Patricia Lu Arledge (with Heise)
Son: Roone Pinckney Arledge II (with Heise)
Wife: Ann Fowler (m. 1-Sep-1975, div. 1985)

    High School: Mepham High School, Merrick, NY
    University:
BA, Columbia University (1952)

    ABC President ABC News (1990-98)
    ABC Group President, ABC News and Sports (1985-90)
    ABC President ABC News (1977-)
    ABC President ABC Sports (1968-86)
    ABC VP ABC Sports (1965-68)
    ABC ABC Television, producer (1960-65)
    NBC NBC Television, various positions (1955-60)
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Emmy (36 times)
    US Olympic Hall of Fame 1989 (special contributor)
    Peabody
    Pete Rozelle Award 2001

Appears in articles:
Playboy, October 1976, DETAILS: Roone Arledge -- a candid conversation about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat with the creator of the instant replay, Monday-Night Football and Howard Cosell

Author of books:
Roone, A Memoir (13-May-2003, published posthumously)


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