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.
By Doug Galloway
Joe X. Price, a longtime entertainment industry writer who served as a music reporter for Daily Variety back in the 1960s, died December 30 at his home in Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) of complications due to lung cancer. He was 81.
Robert ( Bob ) Chandler, former Variety radio and tv reporter and one of the creator’s of “60 Minutes”, the CBS “newsmagazine”, died on Thursday (Dec. 11), at his home, in Pittsfield, Mass. He was 80 years old and died of heart failure, according to his son, Doug.
Chandler worked for Variety in the late 50’s, early 60’s and was hired by MGM, as a p.r. director, for its tv division. In 1963, he joined CBS and helped create “60 Minutes”, which is still on the air, after more then 40 years.
Chandler was born in Brooklyn, served in the U.S.Army and is survived by his wife and two sons.