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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2006 with 109 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2005 with 109 to follow.
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CBS, NBC exec Lafferty dead at 87

CENTURY CITY, Calif., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Longtime CBS and NBC executive Perry Lafferty, credited with bringing "MASH" and "All in the Family" to the small screen has died at age 87.

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Today is Monday, Sept. 13, the 257th day of 2004 with 109 to follow.
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Today is Saturday Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2003 with 109 to follow.
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The ABCs of making a buck in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- As more filmmakers use film school as an entree into the movie business, the idea of a formal course of training for movie executives is beginning to take hold -- with a veteran of the Hollywood trenches heading a pioneering program at the University of S
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Today is Friday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2002 with 109 to follow.
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Fred Silverman (born September 13, 1937 in New York City) is an American television executive and producer. He worked as an executive at the CBS, ABC and NBC networks, and was responsible for bringing to television such programs as the series Scooby-Doo (1969-present), All in the Family (1971-1979), The Waltons (1972-1981), and Charlie's Angels (1976-1981), as well as the miniseries Roots (1977) and Shōgun (1980). He also oversaw the abolition of wiping (the destruction and recycling of old television shows to reuse the tape for new ones) and provided outlets for much of the content produced by Hanna-Barbera and Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions.

Silverman graduated from Syracuse University, where he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and then earned a Master's degree from the Ohio State University. He went to work for WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois, overseeing children's programming, as well as at WPIX in New York City. His masters thesis analyzed ten years of ABC programming and was so good it got him hired as an executive at CBS at the age of 25 in 1963. There, he took over responsibility for all daytime network programming and later, took charge of all of entertainment programming, day and night. Silverman married his assistant, Cathy Kihn, and they had a daughter, Melissa, and son, William.

In 1970, Silverman was promoted from vice-president of program planning and development to head the entire program department at CBS. Silverman was the chief architect of the "rural purge" of 1971, which eventually eliminated many popular country-oriented shows, such as Green Acres, Mayberry R.F.D., Hee Haw and The Beverly Hillbillies from the CBS schedule. In their place, however, came a new wave of classics aimed at the upscale baby boomer generation, such as All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore, M*A*S*H, The Waltons, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Kojak and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

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