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Monday, March 5, 2007

Mar 5, 2007 by     1 Comment    Posted under: Uncategorized

The reason this column exists is because life can sometimes grind you down, and when something good happens, it needs sharing and celebrating. So when you visit Well Dunne, you’ll be at a place that does that…share and celebrate new jobs, new clients, marriages, babies, trips, hobbies, awards and the variety of positive life happenings.

But not today. Today, it’s about loss. A vibrant, talented, creative lady died suddenly on the 22nd in Santa Monica. VERONIKA LINEBERRY was young, just 44. She was VP of Creative Services at King World, but had come from the station-side. I first met her when she was at KENS in San Antonio, doing promos. She was a UT grad…hook ‘em horns. She went east to Binghamton, NY before heading West to LA. And she loved it on the coast… the palm trees and the west side and the folks at King World all made her happy. But not as happy as her family. She leaves her husband, Tommy Manzella, and two small children, for whom there is a trust established: The Jacob and Mariele Manzella Education Trust, c/o Robert Madden, CBS TV Distribution/King World, 2401 Colorado Avenue, Suite 110, Santa Monica, CA 90404. There was a memorial service on Friday in Santa Monica.

It’s very sad to lose such a good person. Of course, nobody who leaves behind anything creative is ever really gone.

Think about this: “Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” ~ Albert Einstein

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  • I was deeply saddened by the news of Veronika’s death. I knew her from her time at UT. We worked together in our first TV production class and we spent a lot of our personal time together as well. I used to say she was my first college girlfriend.

    I spotted her name in the “In Memoriam” section of the alumni newsletter, something I never look at. The news shocked me. I found her obit today and some other notes about her. The person they described as “creative”, “funny”, “caring”, “brilliant” and a “doll” was definetly the 21 year old girl that I knew. She was kind and loyal and just beautiful. I hadn’t been in touch with her in over 20 years, but still I feel her loss as if it was just yesterday. I still see her wearing a coon skin cap and a Gumby button and a big beautiful smile.

    Thanks for having some place for me to release some of these emotions. The people that we become, is a sum of the people we have loved. Veronika made me better. I will miss knowing that she is in the world.