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Construction was completed in 1940, and in the same year Jack Wrather accepted the presidency of the family oil company because of the illness of his father.
In 1942 Mr. Wrather joined the United States Marine Corps and went through officer training at Quantico, Virginia. He was subsequently stationed in San Diego, California, from November 1942 until 1944. His executive experience in the Marine Corps began as Training Officer for Aviation Training Squadron 131, after which he advanced to becoming Executive Officer, and then Commanding Officer of this squadron. Mr. Wrather went overseas in 1944, as Commanding Officer of Headquarters Squadron of MAG-24, 1st Marine Air Wing. His combat service included Bougainville, Solomon Islands; Luzon, Philippine Islands; and Mindinao, Philippine Islands. He was awarded three combat stars, and participated in landings at Lingayen, Luzon, and Parang, Mindinao. Returning from overseas in October 1945, he was released from active duty in December with the rank of Captain. He retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Major in 1950. Resuming his business career after the war, Mr. Wrather has since been active in a number of business enterprises. Until 1957, he was President of Wrather Petroleum Corporation, a company with headquarters in Dallas, producing and transporting petroleum in Texas. He is Managing Director and owner of “J. D. Wrather, Jr., Special Account”. This account is an independent oil operation for the purpose of drilling for and producing oil, and for purchase and investment in minerals.
Since 1946, the J. D. Wrather, Jr., organization has drilled and has participated in the drilling of more than 300 exploratory and producing wells.
Diversification of Mr. Wrather's business interests began in 1946, when he became President of Jack Wrather Pictures, Inc., producers of motion pictures, with headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. Wrather Television Productions, Inc., of which he was President, was organized for television film activity and the company subsequently produced a television series sponsored by Proctor & Gamble. Between 1946 and 1955, Mr. Wrather produced seven feature motion pictures for Allied Artists, Eagle Lion, Warner Bros., and United Artists release.
In 1952, Mr. Wrather purchased KOTV, a CBS-TV affiliate in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for $2,000,000, and in the next few years added to his television interests by the purchase of KFMB-TV and AM, San Diego, California, and KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California, for a total of $1,250,000. In 1959, Mr. Wrather merged his television interests into Transcontinent Television Corporation, a company owning, in addition to Mr. Wrather's properties, TV and radio stations in Buffalo, New York; Kansas City, Missouri; and Scranton, Pennsylvania, in which corporation he became a major stockholder and a member of the Executive Committee. This company was sold in 1964 to Taft Broadcasting plus others. In 1954, Mr. Wrather purchased the television and radio property, “The Lone Ranger”. In 1955, he constructed the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Park, which is a $30,000,000 property with 1000 rooms, and convention facilities. In 1956, Mr. Wrather acquired the “Lassie” television show, and “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon", another television property, in 1957 for a total of $4,500,000. TI “Lassie" television show is produced as a Jack Wrather Production and begins its 17th year on the CBS network in the fall of 1970. Also, in 1957, he purchased the world's largest radio station, WNEW, New York City, for $3,500,000, and Muzak Corporation for $4,150,000. In 1958, with Associated Television Ltd., London, England, Mr. Wrather founded Independent Television Corporation, which purchased for more than $12,000,000 Television Programs of America. ITC became one of the leading companies in the production and distribution of television series.
In June 1961, Wrather Corporation became publicly owned. This company consists of the Disneyland Hotel, Muzak Corporation, “Lassie", "The Lone Ranger”, and “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon". Jack Wrather is President and Chairman of the Board of Wrather Corporation.
Outside of corporate interests, Mr. Wrather personally is principal owner of the famed Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, California, L'Horizon Hotel in Palm Springs, oil interests in Texas and Oklahoma, and large ranching and agricultural acreage in Australia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of TelePrompTer Corporation. TelePrompTer is a prominent company in the CATV business.
Mr. Wrather was a founder of KCET, Channel 28, Los Angeles, an educational television station, and served for several years from its inception on the Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors.
Jr. Wrather has long been a strong supporter of Chambers of Commerce in cities where his business interests are located, and has actively supported the Red Cross, Motion Picture Relief Fund, Community Chest Campaigns, Boys' Town, Menninger Clinic, and Variety Club charities. He is a member of the Marine ('orps Reserve Officers Club in Washington, D.C., the Dallas Petroleum Club and the Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Players' Club of New York City, the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, California, and he is also a member of the Development Board of the l'niversity of Texas, and of the Executive Committee of the Chancellor's Council of the University of Texas, and a member of the Advisory Council of Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California. He was a director of the Hollywood Museum, and is on the Board of Directors of American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry. He is a sponsor of the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild, and a Founder Member of the Performing Arts Council of the Music Center. He is a member of the International Radio & Television Society; a member of the Independent Petroleum Association; and the California Hotel Association. In 1970 he was appointed to the National Petroleum Council, an advisory committee under the Department of the Interior.
Jack Wrather is married to the former Bonita Granville and has 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. He lives in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, and Newport Beach, California, with business headquarters in Beverly Hills.
Senator PASTORE. You would not want to add anything to that, Mr. Wrather?
STATEMENT OF J. D. WRATHER, JR.
Mr. WRATHER. That is very nice and I appreciate Senator Murphyeven though I understand he is on his way to Israel-having taken the time to say those kind remarks.
Senator PASTORE. Would you like to add anything! ?
Mr. WRATHER. Just one word. I look on this as a great challenge and if I am confirmed I certainly hope to meet that challenge.
Senator PASTORE. And your political affiliation?
Senator PASTORE. Now, we have Mr. Thomas Moore and his biographical sketch will be included in the record.
BIOGRAPHIC SKETCH OF THOMAS W. MOORE
Age: 51 (Born September 17, 1918, Meridian, Miss.).
Present position : Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Ticketron, Inc.
Education: 1935–38, Mississippi State University; 1939, University of Missouri.
Family data : Married Claire Stirrat, February 18, 1943; Son, Thomas W., Jr., student at Stanford University ; Daughter, Jean, student at Stanford University.
Previous experience: 1939-40, Meridian, Miss. STAR—advertising salesman; 1945–50, Forest Lawn Memorial Park—public relations; 1950–55, Columbia Broadcasting System-programming and sales ; 1955–68, American Broadcasting Company-programming, sales; 1962–68, President, ABC-TV Network; 1968, President, Ticketron, Inc.
Military data: 1941-45, Lt. USNR-Naval Aviator, North Pacific area.
Also: Member, American Revolution Bicentennial Commission; President, Naval Aviation Museum Association ; Board of Directors, Abercrombie and Fitch; World Wildlife Fund.
Clubs: Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Boone and Crockett; Los Angeles Country Club: Wee Burn Country Club; Explorers Club of New York; Bohemian Club, San Francisco.
Honors: Horatio Alger Award, 1968; Honorary LL.D. University of Alabama, STATEMENT OF THOMAS W. MOORE
Mr. MOORE. Mr. Chairman, I have nothing formally to say. I have been fortunate enough to spend most of my life in the commercial broadcast field up to the last 18 months or 2 years. Having headed a commercial network and seen television grow to become almost the extension of the human nervous system in our country, I had a firsthand opportunity to observe what with all its accomplishments the frustrations of trying to do some things within the commercial framework are and I approach this assignment with a great deal of enthusiasm and I sincerely hope that I will be able to bring something to it.
Senator PASTORE. Thank you very, very much, and I think you are going to be a great help to this operation.
Senator MAGNUSON. Mr. Chairman, I might say for the information of Mr. Moore, the President submitted your name this morning to us so that we could get you quickly confirmed.
Mr. Moore. Thank you.
Mr. MOORE. I was born in Mississippi but I married a Washingtonian from Seattle and lived in Connecticut and worked in New York.
Senator PASTORE. Any further questions?
Senator Magnuson. One thing I wanted to ask Mr. Wrather, who has had considerable experience in the producing end, as the committee knows, such as the "Lone Ranger" and "Lassie" and all these, which are the type of programing that appeals to everybody, and I am hopeful that you will give a lot of help to this board in their very necessary work of producing these things that you are going to try and use in public broadcasting. There is an expertise there that a lot of us do not know that you would have and that is why I am very pleased that you are on here because if for nothing else for that experience and because I understand you have not lost any money doing it.
Mr. WRATHER. Not yet.
The CHAIRMAN. At least the ones I know about. Maybe you had some duds.
Mr. WRATHER. We do not talk about those. They are not on there. Senator PASTORE. Do you have another collie in training?
Mr. WRATHER. Yes. That is always a question we get asked so I am prepared with an answer for that. We only have one Lassie, Senator, and we keep several Lassies in training because we only use a Lassie 3 or 4 years. We are fortunate enough, as Senator Magnuson pointed out, to be commercially acceptable. We start our 17th year this September on the CBS network.
Senator PASTORE. It is one of the oldest films on television.
Mr. WRATHER. Yes; it is the oldest film showed. We hope to be on for a long time.
I do hope to be able to contribute any experience and expertise I might have toward what you were speaking on which is the programing capability of this broadcasting.
Senator PASTORE. Well, John Macy is always a welcome guest. Do you have anything to say, John?
Mr. Macy. Mr. Chairman, thank you. I merely want to add my word of welcome to the men that are here before you for your consideration and say how pleased I am that the President named them to serve on this distinguished board and I look forward to close collaboration with them in the period immediately ahead.
Senator PASTORE. I repeat again, is there anyone here who wants to venture anything for or against these nominees
DR. GEORGE F. MANSUR, JR., TO BE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1970
Washington, D.C. The committee met at 9:30 a.m. in room 5110, New Senate Office Building, Hon. John
O. Pastore, presiding. Present: Senators Pastore and Baker.
OPENING STATEMENT OF SENATOR PASTORE
Senator PASTORE. The hearing will please come to order.
Today the committee considers the nomination of Dr. George Frank Mansur, Jr., to be Deputy Director of the Office of Telecommunications Policy. Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1970 abolished the Office of Assistant Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness held by the Director of Telecommunications Management, and established in the Executive Office of the President the Office of Telecommunications Policy.
On July 24, 1970, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Dr. Clay T. Whitehead to be the Director of that new office and now Dr. Mansur's nomination is before this committee to be the Deputy Director.
When Dr. Whitehead was before the committee, I set out in some detail the history of the committee's attempts to urge the interested agencies of Government to adopt an overall communications policy because it is apparent to me that their failure to do so has contributed significantly to many of the problems and uncertainties that we now face in the field of communications.
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
TRANSMITTING REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 1 OF 1970
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
THE WHITE HOUSE, February 9, 1970. To the Congress of the United States:
We live in a time when the technology of telecommunications is undergoing rapid change which will dramatically affect the whole of our society. It has long been recognized that the executive branch of the Federal government should be better equipped to deal with the issues which arise from telecommunications