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Albert Warren, 1920-2006.

After graduating from The Ohio State University School of Journalism in 1942 and serving in a U.S. Navy radio communications unit in the Pacific and Alaska during World War II, Al Warren joined the brand new Television Digest as a reporter in 1945, when only eight U.S. TV stations were on the air.

In 1960, Warren bought the newsletter from Walter Annenberg's Triangle Publications, which owned TV Guide and which had purchased the newsletter only two years earlier. Al reduced the staff from about 20 to two and began publishing out of his home with his wife, Peg.

Television Digest evolved into Television Digest with Consumer Electronics. Today Warren Communications News, owned by two of his sons, Paul and Dan, publishes Communications Daily ($4,295/year), Consumer Electronics Daily ($1,695), Satellite Week ($1,275), and Television & Cable Action Update ($555), among others.

Al helped found the Washington Independent Newsletter Association in 1962 (see sidebar) to work for newsletter editors' being admitted to the Congressional Periodical Gallery. At the time, press credentials were limited to those publications supported by advertising.

In addition to his longtime membership in what is now the Specialized Information Publishers Association, Al was a member of Broadcast Pioneers, Cable Pioneers, the International Radio & TV Society, the White House Correspondents Association, The Ohio State University School of Journalism Advisory Council, and the Cosmos Club.

One of Al's tips for success was, "Know thyself. You simply must learn what you can and what you cannot do. And you must team up with people who can do what you cannot."
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Date:Nov 30, 2006
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