George Puttnam in the film PERVERSION FOR PROFIT
Culture Warrior George Putnam Dead at 94

Los Angeles news legend and culture warrior George Putnam died today (9/12/08) at the age of 94. Putnam, who began his career in radio, anchored TV news in the Southern California market for decades beginning in the fifties through 1975. In 1964 the conservative Putnam played an extended clip of the controversial Barry Goldwater campaign film CHOICE on his KTTV newscast.

While Mr. Putnam may best be remembered as the chief inspiration for the clueless and pompous anchorman Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, CONELRAD's favorite Putnam contribution to popular culture is his early sixties "educational" film PERVERSION FOR PROFIT. The over-the-top film (produced by Charles Keating's Citizens for Decent Literature) even manages to work in a reference or two to the Cold War.

Putnam, who hosted a radio talk show called "Talk Back" until the very end of his life, will be missed.





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