He and his lady love had the best two names around. Hollywood names. The kind of names you’d hear in a Nancy Meyers rom-com. IRWIN STARR and CHARLIE VALENTINE. Ms. Charlie has been gone for quite some time now, but just Wednesday, IRWIN took his light into another room and left us here without him. He was a former TV General Manager, wrangling stations in DC, Portland OR, Alaska, and Albuquerque. He traveled internationally consulting TV operations all over, including the ‘stans’…Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan. Was he really in TV or was that a cover for being a spy? That question always made him laugh. He once ‘ran into’ a mutual friend on the streets of Beijing. Come on…does one REALLY run into someone by accident in Beijing? He left TV and settled in Sarasota, where he began a newspaper and organized, then managed the Media Roundtable. What an amazing group of TV people he gathered monthly during The Season, talking about the industry as only leaders could. Irwin loved keeping in touch with everybody and he loved his dog Bucky. A grad of the University of Michigan, Irwin’s family will be setting up a program there focusing on Ethics in Media. I urge us all to support that. Irwin loved art and his house was filled with it, each piece and painting a story unto itself. It was a fun ride, Irwin and you Dunne Well….
Think About This: “There is something deep within us that sobs at endings. Why, God, does everything have to end? Why does all nature grow old? Why do spring and summer have to go?” ~ Joe Wheeler