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Salerno, Nicholas A.
beloved friend and teacher, died peacefully early March 15. He was a stalwart of the ASU English Department for 33 years, where he served as chairman for 10 years before retiring as an emeritus professor in 1991. Nick is well known in the Valley for his many contributions to Arizona arts, literature and film appreciation. He particularly relished creating and hosting Cinema Classics for PBS locally. The program paired classic movies with Nick's own interviews of the stars and technical wizards who made them. The show, which ran for more than a decade, was considered by many to be Saturday night appointment television of the first order. Partnering with Dan Harkins, Nick also launched Critics' Choice at Harkins Camelview Theatre, providing Valley film lovers with early "spread the word" viewings of quality independent and foreign films. His mother, father and sister predeceased him. He is remembered by many devoted friends and students throughout the world and by numerous cousins in Italy. A memorial service will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 7655 E Main St, Scottsdale on Wed March 23 at 10 AM followed by a procession to graveside services at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N 48th St in Phoenix. Contributions in his name may be made to: Roscoe Animal Retreat, P.O. Box 432, Roscoe, IL 61073. The office phone number for the retreat is (815) 871-0317.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2016
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