I spent several years in advertising agencies so I’d like to pass along this news from my pal Sharon Benoit, who knows everybody.
Lee Kerry, 89, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away February 11, 2007 of a massive stroke. Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had a career in show business, appearing in several Broadway musicals, before moving his family to Phoenix in the late 1940s. He wrote a column about Phoenix nightlife for the (then) Phoenix Gazette and also appeared on Phoenix’s first TV station, KPHO, as a sportscaster.
He and his wife, Gene (who preceded him in death in 1954), had a morning radio show on KOOL-AM called “Breakfast with the Kerrys” and were active in Phoenix Little Theatre.
Mr. Kerry moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1953 and, soon after, joined a new advertising trade publication, Media Agencies Clients (MAC), which later became ADWEEK/West. He was Editor of that magazine for 25 years and, as Editor at Large, wrote an interview column for many years after his retirement. He and his second wife, Bette (who preceded him in death in 2006), moved back to Phoenix in 2003. Lee would have turned 90 years old on February 21st.
A memorial for Lee Kerry will be held in March at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.
Contact Sharon Benoit firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.