Wednesday, March 22, 2017

David Goodis,CBS,Sinatra, and Chuck Barris: The Philadelphia Connection

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Chuck Barris (1929 - 2017)

Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Edith (Cohen) and Nathaniel Barris, a dentist.  He attended Drexel Institute of Technology where he was a columnist for the student newspaper, The Triangle. He graduated in 1953.
Barris' first wife was Lyn Levy, the niece of William S. Paley of one of the founders of CBS. Their marriage lasted from 1957 to 1976, ending in divorce.

Born on June 6, 1895, Broadcast Pioneers member Leon Levy and his brother Isaac (Ike) were founding members of this organization.  Ike was a practicing attorney and Leon was licensed dentist. Leon was granted his degree in dentistry during 1915 from the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced for a dozen years. Dr. Levy was president of the corporation that owned WCAU (Universal Broadcasting which later became WCAU Broadcasting) from 1928 until August 1, 1949.

The Levys took WCAU Radio from a small radio station not even heard in all parts of the city to a 50,000-watt clear channel heard on the entire east coast of the United States.

It wasn’t until 1928 when the Paleys; Sam, Jacob (Sam’s brother who was sometimes called Jay) and William (Bill was Sam’s son) purchased a third interest in WCAU for $150,000 that the station went full-time. 

Now you may have heard of Bill Paley, the guy that built CBS. Well, the Levys were investors in CBS (so was Jay and Sam) and their station was the network’s first affiliate. Leon Levy married Sam Paley’s daughter, Blanche. The couple had two children, a son named Robert and a daughter called Lynne.

David Goodis was very good friends with Dick Levy (David Richard Levy) was son of Ike Levy.

Frank Sinatra wed Ava Gardner at Levy's parents house in Philadelphia on November 7th, 1951.

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