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Aubrey, James Thomas Jr.

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Born: 1911 AD
Died: 1994 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Businessmen

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1911 - Born in La Salle, Illinois on the 14th of December.

1941 - He graduated with honors in English and entered the United States Army Air Forces.

1956 - Aubrey was promoted to manager of all television network programs, based in California, until he went to ABC.

         - On the 16th of December, American Broadcasting Company president Oliver E. Treyz announced Aubrey would immediately become the network's head of programming and talent.

1957 - As vice president in charge of programs, he brought to the air what he recalled as "wild, sexy, lively stuff, things that had never been done before," shows such as Maverick, a western with James Garner, and 77 Sunset Strip, a detective show with Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

1958 - Aubrey saw a limited future at the network and asked to return to CBS, doing so on the 28th of April, initially as assistant to Frank Stanton, president of CBS, Inc., the holding company which owned the network.

1959 - Aubrey was made vice president for creative services in April, replacing Louis G. Cowan, whom CBS promoted to network president.

         - Aubrey was named executive vice president on the 1st of June, a newly created post that was the number-two official at the network.

1963 - Aubrey, who on the 9th of May, warned the network's affiliates the high cost of rights for professional sports could price them off television, nevertheless in January 1964 agreed to pay $28.2 million to air the games of the National Football League for two years, seventeen games each season.

1964 - Aubrey briefly attended the Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco at which Barry M. Goldwater was nominated for president.

1969 - Aubrey resurfaced when Las Vegas businessman Kirk Kerkorian took control of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio for the first time, ousting Canadian liquor magnate Edgar M. Bronfman, who had gained control earlier that year.

         - Aubrey replaced the fired Louis F. Polk, Jr., who had been MGM president only since January 14.

1994 - Died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, largely forgotten, and was buried in Los Angeles's Westwood Memorial Park.












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