ALVIN BORETZ

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  • "Sad to Hear this news and my condolonces to you Lucille..."
    - elyse Sommer
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BORETZ--Alvin, age 91, in New York City on July 22, 2010. Beloved husband of Lucille for 68 years. Loving father of Jennifer Kahnweiler (Bill), and Carrie Boretz Keating (Edward) and devoted grandfather to Lindsey Goldberg, Jessie Kahnweiler, and Caitlin and Emily Keating. A prolific writer for radio, television, stage and screen spanning five decades, his work first gained prominence during the Golden Age of Television on such shows as "Playhouse 90," "GE Theater," and "Armstrong Circle Theater." His subsequent scripts aired on such popular shows as "The Defenders," "Dr. Kildare," "Kojak" and "ABC Movie of the Week." He wrote the screenplay, "Brass Target," starring Sophia Loren, and the A&E original drama, "I Remember You." Boretz's play, "Made In America" premiered in 1984 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He won the Harcourt Brace Award for best television play in 1957 for "The Trial of Poznan" and numerous prizes for his prolific and diverse body of work, including over 1,000 television plays, many documentaries, and several hundred radio plays. Boretz served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, was Vice-President of the Writers Guild of America, and was President of the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library. He was a man who never met a stranger. With his intense blue eyes and penetrating questions, people often bared their souls to him. He once said that, "My ideas come from everywhere and crowd each other out." Funeral services will be private.

Published in The New York Times on July 23, 2010
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