Tag: In Memoriam

Former Ruth Eckerd Hall Leader Dies

Zev Buffman was a Broadway producer before taking the lead at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla. (Pedro Castellano) Zev Buffman announced retirement as president/CEO in 2018 Former Ruth Eckerd Hall President and CEO Zev Buffman has died, the Clearwater, Fla., theater and nonprofit announced Friday. Buffman was 89 and died of natural causes Wednesday in Seattle. He joined Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2011, overseeing a $10 million renovation of the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater and the initial planning and fundraising for the $11 renovation of Ruth Eckerd Hall. Buffman also advocated for increasing arts education outreach in the community and the professional development of young artists. Buffman first made his name as a producer on Broadway, where he was nominated for multiple Tony Awards. He was responsible for the theatrical debut of Elizabeth Taylor in “The Little Foxes” and the first Broadway run of “Joseph and […]

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In Memoriam: Brad Weissberg 1963-2020

Brad Weissberg with VenuesNow marketing director Samantha Le at the All-Stars reception Sept. 9 in New York City. VenuesNow senior writer found stories, friends across the industry When you picked up the phone and Brad Weissberg was on the other end of the line, you didn’t have to ask who it was. His gravelly voice was a distinctive calling card. Brad’s voice as a writer was just as distinct, and he used it to tell stories from across the venues industry for VenuesNow from the June 2016 issue until last month, when he died of a fast-moving cancer that left his family and friends shocked and devastated. He was 56. Brad amassed bylines while on staff at The National Enquirer, Star Magazine, Famous, Women’s Day, Australia and NW before he arrived at VenuesNow’s predecessor, Venues Today, hired as a reporter by magazine founder Linda Deckard.  “He embraced the role wholeheartedly, […]

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Wanted Your Picture in ‘Jackpots’? Tom Was the Guy to Talk To

Tom Powell is flanked by hall of famers John Havlicek (left) and Joe DiMaggio. (Courtesy Kevin Powell) Years before cellphones, the old Amusement Business magazine equipped its staffers with cameras and black-and-white film to document their travels to arenas, stadiums, fairs, amusement parks, carnivals and concerts. As part of taking photographs for the trade publication, AB editor Tom Powell enforced a strict rule: Two people were required to be in a picture. It sounds simple, but finding a second person could be difficult at a key moment in time. It could also lead to a potentially embarrassing situation for those having their picture taken. Just ask Bill Lester. Lester, retired executive director of the old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, recalled AB’s “two-person” photo rule during the recent Stadium Managers Association seminar in Phoenix. “One year, I was walking out of the stadium after a big event, Super Bowl […]

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In Memoriam: Tom Powell 1933-2020

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Tom Powell flanked by The Judds. (All photos courtesy Kevin Powell) If longtime industry journalist ‘couldn’t write something nice about you, he wasn’t going to write it at all’ Tom Powell helped form the business of documenting the sports and live entertainment industry. In his 35 years as a reporter and editor at the old Amusement Business magazine, Powell mentored many journalists working across multiple trade publications, including VenuesNow and Pollstar. Powell died Jan. 21 in Nashville. He was 86. At the time of his death, Powell was still writing weekly columns for the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, the trade organization for the carnival industry. It was a testament to his work ethic, plus his love of live entertainment and the personalities that make it a compelling endeavor. Nobody had more fun doing his job than Powell, fondly called “TP” by his family, friends and colleagues. […]

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