Tuesday, August 30, 2005

People are always wondering what happened to this guy. Now you know.

NY Times paid obits

JACKSON, Jay. Of Jupiter, FL, formerly of Manhasset, NY. Died August 16 at 86. He moved to NY when television was in its infancy and hosted many of TV's early drama and quiz shows including Philco Television Playhouse, Lux Video Theater, Twenty Questions and Tic Tac Dough.He narrated newsreels, documentaries and feature films. ''Crashing the Water Barrier'', a 1956 documentary won the Oscar for Best Short Subject. In the mid-1950's he started ''Christmas for Kids'' a non-profit organization. In 1961 The Association for the Help of Retarded Children gave Jackson its Humanitarian Award. A guest appearance on ''The Honeymooners'' in 1956 brought him repeated visibility, and a clip from that show was part of a 2003 ''Sopranos'' episode. Jay Jackson is survived by his son, Jay Stephen and his wife Molly Wigand and four grandsons Steve, John, Joey, and Danny, and by his daughter Sally and her husband Paul F. Nace. He is also survived by his brother Dr. William T. Jackson and his sisters Opal Brown and Grace Knoder. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Ann (Rodgers) in 1995. Donations in his memory can be made to the Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, NY 11368.

Submitted by Dave Schwartz