Owen Simon, public relations manager for Westinghouse and Group W Productions, died in Los Angeles on April 2. He was 93 years old.
During his career, Simon has notably worked on campaigns for series such as “The Mike Douglas Show”, “The Merv Griffin Show” and other Westinghouse productions. Simon was known for his kindness and wit in his industry.
In 1997, after 40 years of work, Simon retired. The longtime executive said in an interview that his after-work plans included training his grandchildren in basketball. “It seems time to start shaping them as a basketball team,” Simon told Variety.
Raised in Pennsylvania, Simon got his feet wet at Pittsburgh radio stations KVQ and KDKA. He was promoted to head of advertising for KDKA in 1957.
He then joined the W Group and rose to the role of Head of Publicity in 1977. He bided his time at Westinghouse and CBS before heading west in 1978 after “The Mike Douglas Show” moved to Los Angeles.
He ended his career as an executive and consultant at CBS’s Eyemark Entertainment.
In addition to writing poetry and songs, he filled his retirement with Broadway and Scrabble shows. He also volunteered for 17 years at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
He is survived by a son and two daughters as well as five grandsons.
The family is asking for donations to be made to the Skirball Cultural Center.