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My first big professional break came when I was twenty and Sammy Davis, Jr. hired me as his personal assistant and lighting director, a position I remained in for over thirty-three years.  It would be impossible to measure everything I learned from Sammy about show business. He was the consummate professional, a genius at his craft. During that time we became business partners and formed Samart Enterprises , which I still own to this day.  Some of the highlights of my years with Sammy were when I staged and produced his portions of three Royal Variety Performances . 

The first was for Queen Elizabeth II in London, 1960. Then, in 1961 I staged and produced Sammy’s portion of Princess Grace Rainier Red Cross Gala in Monaco for their Royal Family and, finally, a Royal Variety Performances for the Queen Mother in London, 1961. Over the years I produced and co-produced many of Sammy’s shows including England’s Best TV Show of the year, 1961, Sammy Meets the British , and the following year Sammy Meets the Girls . For eleven years I was company manager, production manager and lighting director for The Lettermen during the height of their popularity.

Since leaving The Lettermen , I was company manager, production manager and lighting designer and director for Vikki Carr for over twenty-seven years.  A few of the highlights of my years with Vikki were as production designer and lighting director of an NBC special, A Very Special Evening With Vikki Carr (which I won the IRIS Award in 1979), the UNICEF All Children Show in Vienna , Austria and last, but certainly not least, production design of her shows for Presidents Jerry Ford , Jimmy Carter and a special show for President Reagan .


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