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Frank Lovece profile, Morgantown (WV) Dominion-Post

Frank Lovece profile, Morgantown (WV) Dominion-Post

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"Frank Lovece Makes a Living Writing About TV": Morgantown Dominion-Post "Panorama" Sunday supplement (Sept. 10, 1989). By Nancy Abrams
"Frank Lovece Makes a Living Writing About TV": Morgantown Dominion-Post "Panorama" Sunday supplement (Sept. 10, 1989). By Nancy Abrams

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Frank
Lovecemakes
By
NancyAbrams
DomrnionPost StatfWriter
Holdthe
applause.
While
manY
peoplemark1989
as
the50thanni'
v'ersary
of
the
advent
of
television.Frank Lovece
shakes
his
head.
"Television
didn't
begin
in
1939,"
Lovece
says.
"That myth
is
corpcrate
nrooaqanda
fromRCA."
'
Whi
should
we
believe
FrankLovece?
Well,
for
starters,he's
fromMorgantown.
And,
at
the
riPe
old
age
bf
31,
he's
a
TV
authoritY.Hewrites
a
syndicated
column
on
the
television
indusfy
for
United
Fea-
ture;heis
the
contributingeditor
of
Vdeomagazine;
he writestot
Amei'
canFilm,
Redbook
and
NausdaY.
For two
years, he wasa
columnist
for
Billboardmaqazine.
He
is
alslo
the
author
of
twobool<s:
Thirty
Years
of
Television.
("lt's
a
coffeetable
book.")
and
Hail-
ing
Tat<i,
TheOfficial
Book
of
the
Shor,rz.
writtenwith
JulesFranco.
He
is
in
the
process
of
writing
anotherbook.
"lt's
about
a
show
I
can't
stand
-
The BradyBunch
-
buta
lot ofpeople love
it,"
Lovece
apologizes.
He
is
also
working
on
whathe
calls
"a
graphicnovel."
It's
a
"relatively
newmedium,sort
of
likean
adult
comic
book."
He
has
intervierved
Jane
Fonda,
Jimmy
Stamrt,
Bob
HoPe'
Chuck
Nonis.
Dennis
Quaid
and
others.
Not
bad
for a
kid
whose
first
Pub
lished
work
was
a
poem
Printed
in
The
Dominion
Nb,ws.
Not
bad
for
a
kid
whose
high
school Englishteach
er
criticizedhis
Eammar
andwriting
abilitv.
Frink
Lovece
was
born
inBuenos
Aires,
fugentina,
the
son
of
ltalian
immigrants.
Hismother
is
Nellie
Gil-
lian,
oneofthe
owr"lers
of
Rose,an
Italian
restaurant
in
Westover.The
familymoved
to
the
United
States
when
Frank
was14 monthsold.He
was
raised
in
Keyser
and
Morgan-town.
"My
motherand
I
learned
English
atthe
sam6
time
watching
'l
Love
Lucv,'
"
Frank
says.
Lovecehas
always
been
a
writer.
"Peopletalkabout
being
born
to
do
somethinq."
he savs.
"lt'shue."
He
wai
graduaied
from
St.
Fran-
cisHigh
School,
buthe
saYs
his
musewas
not nurturedwhen
hewas
young."When
I
was
growing
uP
iherewas
l\4organtoun
and
there
was
theuniversi$town,"he
notes.
"They
proved
thefactthattwo
ob'
'
jectstant
occupy
the
samespace.
I
wasliving
inone
creative
communipand
I
didn't
discover
it
untilmy
se-
nior
vearof
colleqe."'
Af
WVULoveie
was
on the
film
committee.Hewasarts
editor
of
the
Daily
Atheneum.
He
was
thehead
of
the
coffeehouse
committee,
which
booked
performers
-
musicians;
magicians,comedians.
He
was
on
theconcertcommittee.Lovece
won
a creative
writing
con-
testat WVU
both
his
j$nior
and
se
nior
vears.
He
became
involvedwith
the
Bridgegate
Dinner
Theater,
made
friendiwith
actors.uriters.
"lf
I
living
urriting
about
TV
Lovece
orew
uo
in
Morqontown.Now
he
coversthe
entertoinmentindustryfrom
his
home
in
*f,
QitvY.
Ourinio
r".eit
visithere,
he
used
his
stepfother'scomputertowork
on
his
column
ond
Photos
by
NoncyAbroms
Frank
was
a communications
ma-
jor
atWest
Mrginia
University,
Ead-(Continuedon
Page 10)anydoubts
that thiswasthe
I
wanted
to
purstre,
this
highly
of
one
man,
an
early
influ-ence.
"Lany
Nelsonwas
Eeat,"
he
says.
hem."
Frank
says.
He
speak

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