Roger Peter Tennis
Sept. 12, 1946- March 25, 2021
Roger Peter Tennis passed away March 25, 2021 after a short, but courageous battle with colon cancer.
Affectionately known by many as "Rog," he was born Sept. 12, 1946 in Poughkeepsie, New York to Peter (Pete) J. Tennis and Margaret (Marge) E. Tennis. He developed a passion for movies at a young age and ran his own "movie theater," charging neighborhood kids to see the latest flicks.
That love of film took him down the path to broadcasting, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting/film from New York University. He was amongst the university's first class of broadcasting engineers. While at NYU, he began his career interning for various stations and programs, such as the Ed Sullivan Show and Columbia Recording Studios. He obtained his First Class FCC Engineering License in 1967 and went on to work for several networks, including CBS. He eventually retired after 27 years as a senior broadcasting engineer from KAET-Channel 8, a PBS affiliate.
In addition to editing "The Best Of 'Are You Being Served?'" Roger co-produced and directed the Beatles music documentary "Eight Arms to Hold You" for PBS. It is one of the earliest over-the-air stereo television broadcasts.
After retirement, he immersed himself in his next major life role — a celebrated movie critic and film historian. He was an active voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which presents the Critics' Choice Awards each year. Roger and his wife Janet attended the Critics' Choice Awards for many years, getting to know several celebrities. He co-created CLIPS-Cinema Lovers Info Program Site, a long-running nationally syndicated, award-winning TV series. He was also co-founder and vice president/treasurer of the Phoenix Film Critics Society.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Janet, his daughters Michelle Tennis & Margaret Rodriguez (son-in-law Nathan), and son Mark. He is also survived by his sister Patricia (Patty) Derrigo and brother-in-law Angelo, brother- and sisters-in-laws (Michael and Charlene Maville; Patricia Blum), nieces and nephews, cousins and many other cherished friends and colleagues.
Roger's remains will be cremated; As he would say, "he finally is making an ash out of himself…get it?"
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance through its website at ccalliance.org
. Donations can also be made to Hospice of the Valley (hov.org
), which provided compassionate care and support to Roger and his family in his final days.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe for gatherings.