Roone: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Roone: A Memoir (Paperback)


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Roone Arledge's extraordinary career of more than a half century mirrors the history of the television industry he helped create. Roone is the vivid, intimate account of his own rise to fame and power as the head of both ABC Sports and ABC News as well as an up-close-and- personal story of his era, peopled with friends and foes alike.

Roone Arledge began his career at WRCA in New York City, an NBC affiliate, and rose to become head of ABC News and one of the shining lights in television programming. He lived in New York City. He died on December 5, 2002 at the age of 71.

“[He] left a mark on his time. Sometimes [he] left a few marks on me.” — Henry Kissinger

“Roone Arledge has been the star in the sky for as long as I’ve been associated with ABC.” — Michael Eisner

“When I was just a little pup at NBC, Roone Arledge was a news and sports god.” — Katie Couric

“In the immortal words of the great Cole Porter, Roone. ‘You are the top.’” — Bob Iger

“The top television producer of all time, the very best in our business.” — Sam Donaldson

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee: you’re great, Roone Arledge, but you can’t beat me.” — Muhammed Ali

“He was the very best at what he did that there ever was.” — Jim McKay, former host ABC's Wide World of Sports

“Roone didn’t just see the big picture, he was the big picture.” — Peggy Fleming

“Even those of us who had to compete against Roone were constantly in awe.” — Tom Brokaw

“He makes you dream that you can do things you didn’t know you could do.” — Diane Sawyer

“All the big money in sports, none of that would be happening if not for Roone.” — Dick Ebersol

“Arledge has turned out a page-turner that is entertaining and riveting.” — Detroit Free Press