Leonard H. Goldenson: The Gentleman Giant Showing in New York: November 28 to December 31, 2006 Offers visitors a walk through Goldenson's remarkable career
NEW YORK, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Museum of Television & Radio in New York, in celebration of the centenary year of Leonard H. Goldenson's birth, will present the gallery exhibit Leonard H. Goldenson: The Gentleman Giant from November 28 to December 31, 2006. The exhibit, a timeline featuring memorabilia and photographs from Goldenson's personal archive, as well as original correspondence from presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, and others, offers a look at the achievements of a great broadcaster and philanthropist. Goldenson helped shape modern mass communications, while his devotion to a range of civic causes -- from the promotion of the democratic process to cofounding one of the largest health agencies in the U.S. -- left an equally profound legacy.
While not as well known outside the industry as his peers David Sarnoff and William Paley, Leonard H. Goldenson's ability to take the long view, to stand fast in the face of overwhelming odds -- for decades, at tremendous cost -- to realize a vision, led to innovations that transformed the landscape of network television and set a new template for the ways networks operate that is followed to this day. His singular combination of visionary ideas, preternatural business savvy, and sheer dogged tenacity transformed a flailing broadcasting enterprise on the verge of collapse into one of the world's mightiest media empires. The name of this shoestring operation was ABC.