The Info List - Lawrence Spivak

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LAWRENCE EDMUND SPIVAK (June 11, 1900 – March 9, 1994) was an American publisher and journalist who was best known as the co-founder, producer and host of the prestigious public affairs program Meet the Press
Meet the Press
. He and journalist Martha Rountree founded the program as promotion for Spivak's magazine, The American Mercury , and it became the longest-running continuous network series in television history. During his 28 years as panelist and moderator of Meet the Press, Spivak was known for his pointed questioning of policy makers.


* 1 Life and career

* 1.1 The American Mercury * 1.2 Meet the Press
Meet the Press
* 1.3 Later years

* 2 References * 3 External links


Lawrence E. Spivak was born June 11, 1900, in New York City
New York City
. In 1921 he graduated cum laude from Harvard University
Harvard University
and began his career in publishing as business manager for Antiques magazine. He married psychologist Charlotte Beir Ring in 1924, and together they had two children. From 1930 to 1933 Spivak worked for Hunting and Fishing and National Sportsman magazines, as circulation director and assistant to the publisher.


In 1934 Spivak became business manager for The American Mercury , a literary magazine that critiqued the American scene, while it was edited by journalist H. L. Mencken
H. L. Mencken
. Spivak purchased the magazine in 1939. He served as its editor from 1944 to 1950 when he sold it.

In 1937 Spivak founded Mercury Publications , Inc., a publishing company with imprints including American Mercury Books, Mercury Mysteries, Bestseller Mysteries and Jonathan Press Mysteries. Spivak published inexpensive digest-sized paperback editions, often abridged, of works by authors including Margery Allingham , Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
, Erle Stanley Gardner , Dashiell Hammett , Ellery Queen
Ellery Queen
, Georges Simenon , Rex Stout
Rex Stout
and Cornell Woolrich . Mercury Publications also included such periodicals as Ellery Queen\'s Mystery Magazine , The Magazine of Fantasy ">

* ^ A B Burrell, Cassandra, "TV News Show Pioneer Dies at 93"; The Associated Press, March 10, 1994 * ^ A B C Lawrence E. Spivak Papers at the Library of Congress
Library of Congress
* ^ A B Severo, Richard (March 10, 1994). "Lawrence E. Spivak, 93, Is Dead; The Originator of \'Meet the Press\'". The New York Times
The New York Times
– Obituaries. The New York Times
The New York Times
Company. Retrieved July 12, 2015. * ^ Mott, Frank Luther (1968). A History of American Magazines, Volume V: 1905-1930. Harvard University
Harvard University
Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0674395541 . Retrieved July 12, 2015. * ^ Nimmo, Dan D.; Newsome, Chevelle (1997). Political Commentators in the United States in the 20th Century: A Bio-critical Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing
Group. p. 311. ISBN 978-0313295850 . Retrieved July 15, 2015. * ^ Mott 1968 , p. 24 * ^ Lawrence E. Spivak Papers at the Library of Congress
Library of Congress
; Gale, Robert L., A Dashiell Hammett Companion, Greenwood Press, 2000, p. 237 * ^ Unger, Arthur, "Spivak: 28 Years of Newsmaking"; The Christian Science Monitor News Service, November 15,