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Warren Getzinger


1933 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Warren Getzinger Obituary
GETZINGER, WARREN EDWIN We lost our beloved Warren Edwin Getzinger (a.k.a. Mike Warren) of Branford on November 29, 2013. He was born in Madison, WI on April 14, 1933. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ronna Roberts Getzinger, and his children: Ronald Warren of Branford, CT (wife Deletha); Ann Louise of Brooklyn, NY; Jennifer Lynn of Los Angeles, CA; Michael Jon of Brooklyn, NY; and Heather Ann of New York, NY. He was predeceased by his precious son Scott Edward Getzinger on April 7, 2012. Also, he is survived by his daughter-in-law, Susan McGuinness Getzinger; two sisters, Elizabeth Carpenter of Oshkosh, WI and Mary Erickson of Waunakee, WI; and his cherished grandchildren, Tatyana, Gabriel, Emilia, Kyle, and Seamus. Always interested in show business, as a young man Warren performed magic, appeared on the radio, and played the accordion. After serving for four years in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison on the G.I. bill. He adopted the stage name “Mike Warren” while working for two competing TV stations in Madison. In 1961, Warren moved to CT to host Connecticut Bandstand, a local version of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, on WNHC TV Channel 8 in New Haven. Next, he proposed a children’s show based on a character he had developed back in Wisconsin. The Friends of Mr. Goober became a staple of mid-’60s television in CT, earning higher ratings in the morning than any show aired throughout the rest of the day. Following this successful run, Warren transitioned again, this time into television talk shows Dialing for Dollars and 12 O’Clock Live with Bob Norman and AM Connecticut. He interviewed many prominent people, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Joe Lieberman, Frankie Valli, Tony Bennett, Dick Cavett, and Joanne Woodward. He was also one of the first to air the famous Zapruder film of the JFK assassination. After his TV career, he hosted several local radio shows and then worked in marketing during the latter part of his life. Warren was always a funny, positive, and giving person, a treasure and an inspiration to his family and friends. He will be immeasurably missed by all who knew him. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at 10:00 AM at St. Therese Church in Branford. Burial will be private. The W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St. Branford is in care of arrangements. Please visit online memorial@ www.wsclancy.com.
Published in The New Haven Register on Dec. 2, 2013
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