James T. Aubrey, Jr. was an American television and film executive. As
president of the CBS television network during the early 1960s, he put
on the air some of television's most enduring series, including
Gilligan's Island and The Beverly Hillbillies. Under Aubrey, CBS
dominated American television the way General Motors and General
Electric dominated their industries. The New York Times Magazine in
1964 called Aubrey "a master of programming whose divinations led to
successes that are breathtaking." Despite his successes in television,
Aubrey's abrasive personality and oversized ego—"Picture Machiavelli
and Karl Rove at a University of Colorado football recruiting party"
wrote Variety in 2004—led to his firing from CBS amid charges of
improprieties. After four years as an independent producer, Aubrey was
hired by financier Kirk Kerkorian to preside over
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's near-total shutdown in the 1970s, during which
he slashed the budget and alienated producers and directors but
brought profits to a company that had suffered huge losses. Aubrey
resigned from MGM after four years, declaring his job was done, and
then vanished into almost total obscurity for the last two decades of
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Septimius Severus defeated usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle
of Lugdunum, securing full control over the Roman Empire.
King Zygmunt III Vasa of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was
crowned King of Sweden.
Air raids on Darwin: The capital of Northern Territory, Australia was
devastated by 242 bombers and fighters of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
U.S. Executive Order 9066 was signed, authorising the relocation and
confinement of over 112,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps.
The space station Mir of the Soviet space program was launched,
establishing the first long-term research station in space.
Wikiquote of the day:
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an example, or a representative. As much as I may dislike or want to
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possible and you can come from really different places in the world
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