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    Irish Wake for Jack Rourke

    By Courier Staff Writer

          An invitational, old fashioned Irish wake will be held to honor the memory of late TV pioneer Jack Rourke on Saturday (April 9) at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake at 1 p.m.
          Family, friends and associates of the man known as the “telethon king” will be on hand with Horace Heidt, Jr. as emcee and actor Joe Campanella and Hollywood mayor Johnny Grant as hosts.
          KFI radio anchor Sam Botta will conduct interviews with those who knew or worked with Rourke during his 55-year TV career.
          The Emmy winner teamed with Jackson Wheeler to have the first nighttime TV variety show in 1948 and eventually branched out to producing telethons of every variety.
          Rourke died on October 14, 2004 at the age of 86. For the past 27 years, he and his wife, the former Martha Moody, published a newspaper supplement called Seasons.

      
     
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