WWII US Navy & US Marine Veteran, Daily Variety Reporter, PR agent for the Studios – Eddie Fafakian

Air Date: September 27, 2013

Show #137

Eddie Kafafian, raised in New York and educated in CA, Eddie Kafafian has an extensive background in the communications , media, spanning not only the general press, TV and eddieradio, but also the specialized field of promotion and marketing. He also is credited with an in-depth involvement in the actual production of films.

Upon completion of high school, and although only 16 years old, he enlisted in the US Navy, trained as a radio operator later serving with the US Marine Corps as a correspondent during World War II

Following his military service, Eddie enrolled in college, majoring in journalism which opened the doors to employment on the Oakland Tribune and at Daily Variety as a entertainment reporter. While there, he penned a weekly column (Clef Dwellers) in addition to serving as a reviewer critic. That job opened the door into public relations with the eddie:ganginternational firm of McFadden and Eddy as an account executive, where he was under the tutorship of Jack Mullen.

That training led him to the responsibility of working with such icons of the time as Frank Sinatra, Lee Marvin, Peter Graves, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Shirley MacLaine, and Anne Bancroft to name a few plus corporate accounts of Walt Disney and Marineland of the Pacific

Among other associations, Eddie is a member of the Marines Memorial Association. United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association as well as a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Presently, and for the past 20 years, he has been a sworn reserve officer with the LAPD.

 

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