Morris Roth

Longtime Chicago bureau chief Morry Roth passed away on June 11 in Chicago of lymphoma. He was 82. According to the Variety obit, Roth originated the term “happy talk” to describe the breezy news format made popular by Chicago’s Channel 7, and was one of the first reporters to seriously cover cable TV.

Abie Torres


Simesite learned with great regret of the passing last Tuesday (Mar.18) of Abie Torres near his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, following a long bout with cancer. He was 67.

Born in New York City of Puerto Rican parents, Abie (Abraham) joined Variety as a messenger in 1958 and eventually took over the “production” department, which was in charge of laying out the paper each week for its publication (in those days) on Wednesdays. Abie’s desk was located at the rear of the ad department, in the back of the long, narrow “ground floor” of the building at 154 West 46th Street. (In fact, you reached the floor by walking down a short flight of stairs right after passing through the main entrance to the building).