He is also remembered as the pitchman for a light bulb commercial imploring, "Don't be a bulb snatcher! His stage career began in summer stock, where, according to his then-roommate Keenan Wynn, he was as well known for his prowess with the ladies as he was for his on-stage versatility.
Backus continued acting in character on Gilligan’s Island.
By age 18, I lucked in to an undeserved dream job, doing afternoon drive at B100 San Diego."When KTNQ became the high-powered "Ten-Q," Willie got the call to join the Top 40 station. He went on to WRKO-Boston and eight years at B104, the dominant station in Baltimore. "I left the country for a while, living in TEXAS..:-)." The “B” in Willie “B” stood for BOURBON Street (actually, he doesn’t drink! "I was actually on several Entercom stations simultaneously: afternoon drive in Indy, Madison, Memphis, etc." He cites several career highlights: voted ‘ Radio Personality of the Year’ in 1989, and several nominations for the same title with the Poe Awards.
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Letty started as a promotions assistant at KIIS/fm in 2006 and became part-time fill-in personality in early 2015. While attending school at Cal State Long Beach, she joined KIIS/fm as part of the Street Team, and eventually received a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
John was the California press director for Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 19.
In 1973 John joined KABC television as a writer/producer and eventually went into news management.
"When I was at Channel 7's news assignment desk I could get the reporters to do four stories a day.
Then it was 3, then 2 and now they think they're doing a favor by covering one story." John retired in 1995 and was active writing and running the Boys school.Many years later, he became the president of Chino's Board of Directors."I am the first ex-student to be elected president of this risk school." After graduating from the University of Texas, John started out in the newspaper business and WOAI-San Antonio. For part of his stay with KABC news he hosted a morning talk show.His wife of 17 years was principal of the Dubonoff School for "kids at risk." Their daughter attended the Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore. Former KFWB newsman Al Wiman said unequivocally that John "was the best news person EVER!"Jim died July 3, 1989, of pneumonia at the age of 76.FIDM offers 26 accredited Bachelor’s and Associate Degree programs in design and creative business.