Variety columnist was with publication for 52 years
by TIMOTHY M. GRAY
Army Archerd, whose 52-year run as a Daily Variety columnist made him unique among showbiz reporters, died Tuesday in Los Angeles of a rare form of mesothelioma cancer, thought to be the result of his exposure to asbestos in the Navy during WWII. He was 87.
Longtime TV critic for Daily Variety, Tony Scott, died Tuesday (July 7) in Los Angeles after several years of declining health. He had suffered a fall in June, striking his head. He was 85.
Frank Beermann, former sports and television columnist for Variety, died May 21 in New York. He was 85.
At weekly Variety in New York, he was one of the first trade writers to cover the fledgling cable industry and covered the Moscow and Sarajevo Olympics for his Sports Channels column. He wrote for the trade newspaper Film-TV Daily in the 1960s and for Variety from 1971 to 1989.
Born in Brooklyn, Beerman lived most of his life in a walk-up in Greenwich Village.
He is survived by a daughter, Jane Stephens and a son, Luke, an exec at Dubai’s Rotana Television.
by MORRIE GELMAN
This is a remembrance I didn’t anticipate. I hate to write it. Other memorial essays I’ve contributed to this space were of contemporaries, people retired, gone after a lifetime of achievements. Jennifer Pendleton, who died Jan. 26 of cancer, was only 56.
Former Variety staffer James Melanson passed away on February 5 at Calvary Hospital in Brooklyn, following a four-year bout with brain cancer. He was 62.