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Salvatore (Sam) Lovullo

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Salvatore (Sam) Lovullo Obituary
September 30, 1928 - January 3, 2017 Salvatore (Sam) Lovullo, passed away peacefully Tuesday January 3, 2017. Born in Buffalo, New York, his family moved to Los Angeles when Sam was 16. He graduated from Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles City College and UCLA earning a degree in accounting and finance. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Lovullo married Grace Massell of Westbury, Long Island, New York in 1953. Sam first worked for CBS-TV as a chief accountant. He advanced to Production Manager for the Film and Tape Departments, then Manager of Business Affairs for CBS West Coast. In 1969 after a stint as associate producer of the Jonathan Winters Show, Lovullo and his associates brought Hee Haw to the CBS Network. The series eventually went into syndication in 222 markets and became the number one syndicated TV show in the nation, and it has aired continuously for the last 47 years. He also authored a book entitled, "Life in the Kornfield My 25 Years at Hee Haw". His credits also include comedy-variety TV Specials for: John Wayne, Jonathan Winters, Loretta Lynn, Herb Alpert, Don Knotts, The Harlem Globetrotters, Hee Haw 10th and 20th Anniversary Specials, Nashville Palace, CMA 25th Anniversary Special. Throughout Sam's career he was recognized with the following awards: Emmy Award for Electronic and Computerized Editing, Academy of Country Music Jim Reeves Memorial Award, U.S. Department of Commerce Certificate of Distinction, Nashville Chamber of Commerce Gold Record Award, Nashville Metropolitan Council Resolution for Outstanding Achievement, ASCAP Special Tribute Award for Contributions to the Music Industry, Electronic Media Recognition as a Top Television Producer, Italian Man of the Year from the State of West Virginia, Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-South Region for the Longest Running Country Music Variety Show, Lifetime Achievement Award from American Federation of Television Radio Artists (AFTRA), Inducted into Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Archives, Pioneer Radio & TV Broadcasters - President and Diamond Circle Award, Inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame. Lovullo was active in many charitable events and community affairs in Los Angeles, Nashville and Oklahoma. He served on many boards, including: Encino Little League, President, CMA Board, Academy of Country Music Board, Gospel Music Association Board, Advisory Board of the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Will Rogers Museum Sam cherished above all else, family, friends, baseball and country music and any opportunity to cook a good Italian meal. All who knew him will remember his wisdom, sense of humor, generosity and compassion. He was a warm, loving and devoted husband, a wonderful and inspiring father and grandfather. All who knew him will miss him. Sam is survived by his wife Grace, his brothers Tony and Joe, his four children and spouses: Linda Dooley (Brendan), Lisa Pauline (Frank), Anthony Lovullo, and Torey Lovullo (Kristen), currently manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Sam and Grace's grandchildren and spouses: Matthew Dooley (Naomi), Katie Butler (Chris), Nick Lovullo, Taylor Lovullo and Connor Burwell. Great grandchildren Sage and Grace Dooley, and Olivia Butler. Services will be held Saturday January 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Cyril's Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436 Donations in Sam's honor may be made to St. Jude Medical Foundation
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 6, 2017
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