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October 18, 1927 - July 23, 2018 The first good thing about Howard was that he loved my sister, Nancy. It was love at first sight for him when she auditioned on The Family Feud. Howard was the producer of the TV game show at that time. The fact that they married on Valentine's Day demonstrated their mutual love. The second good thing about Howard was that he was an interrogator. That is a compliment! At first it was intimidating when he would fire questions at us, but then we came to appreciate that he was genuinely inquisitive. He didn't talk about himself. He was interested in you. The third good thing about Howard was that he was generous beyond what people could ever imagine! He gave to people in need, people less fortunate, people of diversity. He saw the inner person, not the outer shell. The fourth good thing about Howard was that he was intelligent, educated and well-read. He read novels and non-fiction, newspapers and periodicals. He could back his opinions with facts from his wealth of knowledge. His library included many books signed by the author. The fifth good thing about Howard was that he was sophisticated and cultured. He supported all the fine arts. He played classical music in his home and held season tickets to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He attended plays and movies. He especially enjoyed hearing his grandson, Cameron play the trumpet during band concerts at Calabasas High School, and watching his granddaughter, Olivia's dance recitals. He appreciated the Art of the Masters. Nancy and Howard were Dodger's season ticket holders because of Nancy's love of the game! As a couple they traveled internationally which gave them an inclusive world view. The sixth good thing about Howard was that he was an adventurous eater! He loved all food, especially ethnic food. He ate with abandon from street vendors like Big Jim's in Anguilla to Michelin star restaurants around the world. The seventh good thing about Howard was that he had strong political views. He never backed down from a good discussion. He ran for an office in Congress; he wrote a book The Press in the Jury Box. He contributed to causes he believed in. He fought for the underdog. He made a difference! The eighth good thing about Howard was he was a true and faithful friend. He had many life-long friends from journalism, radio and the TV industry where he spent most of his professional career. Howard retired from Mark Goodson Productions in 1995. He treasured the many international friends he made. He also had many faithful companions from the pet world! The ninth good thing about Howard was his devotion to his family. Relatives from near and far were always welcomed and treated generously both in Tarzana and Anguilla. Both Howard's side of the family and Nancy's side were welcomed with opened arms. He took us all sailing on his beautiful boat christened "Winding Down". He loved family gatherings with his son, Andy, daughter-in-law, Sharon and his five precious grandchildren, Justin, Janae, Julianne, Cameron and Olivia. His legacy lives on! He was predeceased by his first wife, Elaine (Tex) in June 2009 and his brother, Joel in May 2013. The tenth good thing about Howard was that even when he lost his sight and his health failed, he stayed engaged with family, friends and his devoted health care providers, particularly Ashie, Maliza and Marilyn. He lived a long full life! Godspeed Howard! In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Howard Felsher would be gratefully accepted at UCLA Stein Eye Institute, 100 Stein Plaza, Suite 1-124, For the Research of Dr. Joseph Caprioli, #41571. Los Angeles, CA 90095
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 29, 2018
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