REMEMBERING MAC McGARRY, BROADCAST PIONEER
On Dec. 12, we lost renowned Washington, D.C., radio and television personality Maurice James “Mac” McGarry.
McGarry was the longtime host of NBC-owned WRC-TV quiz show It’s Academic that launched in October 1961 and is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running quiz program in television history. The show’s format included three competing teams consisting of three local high school students each. He was the ultimate quizmaster, with an abundant personality, and he is remembered for his sporadic burst into song during the middle of a question. McGarry hosted It’s Academic from its origin until he stepped down in 2011.
McGarry was a graduate of Fordham University and a native of Atlanta. He died at his home in Potomac, Md., of complications from pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Babette, and their four children.
The process of gathering proposals to enhance the Television and Theatrical Motion Picture Contracts is under way in the Washington - Mid Atlantic Local and all over the country. Your local board-approved TV/Theatrical Wages and Working Conditions Committee met on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to develop proposals benefitting our membership.
If you were not able to make the meeting but would still like to share your ideas for changes you would like to see made to these contracts, there is still time. You can email your ideas or recommendations to Jane Love by 4 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 24 or to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Feb. 26.
All proposal recommendations will be reviewed by the National Wages & Working Conditions Committee.
SAG-AFTRA extends its deepest sympathy to the families, friends and fellow union members whose lives were touched by each of these remarkable and talented individuals:
• Jon Able
• John Condon
• Kirk Penberthy
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