Cable’s unofficial photographic chronicler died July 29th of complications of cancer. Burt I. Harris, one of cable’s grandest pioneers and the walking definition of a true gentleman, is survived by his wife of 60+ years, Shirley, their 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Burt, always with a camera, founded various Harriscope companies, served as chmn of NCTA and the Cable TV Pioneers and is a member of the Cable TV Hall of Fame. His "cable industry progeny" include Marc Nathanson, Frank Drendel, Chris Derick and many others. As chmn of the failed pay TV venture Premiere, he also staged the best going-out-of-business party in history (it featured Dolly Parton). A friend and mentor, Burt will be sorely missed. The idea of never getting another photo with "no reply necessary" scribbled on the back is painful and personal. Funeral services will be today at 11am at Hillside Mortuary in L.A. Burt didn’t want any flowers sent, but condolences might be sent to Mrs. Burt Harris, 411 South Bristol Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049.- PSM

 

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