With fondest memories, the Philly Ad Club remembers Lew Klein who died this past Wednesday. The Philadelphia Inquirer article, below, gives an overview of his vast contributions to the industry and to Temple University. He was also very active in the Philly Ad Club over the last several decades. For example, while President of the Philly Ad Club in 1963-64, Lew would bring special celebrity guests to meetings including Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson, Walter Cronkite and others. There are so many more contributions. He will be missed.
Lew Klein, Philly TV pioneer and Temple icon behind ‘American Bandstand’ and Captain Noah, dies at 91
Philadelphia broadcasting legend Lew Klein, 91, who helped develop American Bandstand and was the guiding force behind Captain Noah and his Magical Ark as well as the Action News format that made 6ABC a local powerhouse, died Wednesday.
Mr. Klein’s death was confirmed Thursday by Temple University, where he taught for 67 years and where his name is on the media and communications college.Over his career, he influenced thousands of students and hundreds of broadcast professionals, including Eagles broadcaster Merrill Reese, the actor Bob Saget, the comedian David Brenner, WPVI president Bernie Prazenica, Phillies broadcasters Richie Ashburn and Tim McCarver, and Bandstand host Dick Clark.
His focus, those who knew him say, was always on helping students, a drive that kept him teaching at Temple. He was at the school as recently as last month to participate in the Klein College commencement.