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Broadcast Legend

PHIL BEUTH, a former ABC TV president, has been busy since the release of his memoir, Limping On Water, in December. Beyond book signings and media interviews, the Naples resident arranged to have the autobiography delivered to Berkshire Hathaway’s annual convention in late April. It turns out Warren Buffett is a big fan and touted Beuth’s book in a letter to the 40,000-plus shareholders. Limping On Water, written with K.C. Schulberg, also of Naples, recalls Beuth’s remarkable life story and illustrious career in broadcasting. Born on Staten Island in 1932, he suffered from cerebral palsy, which caused him to walk with a pigeon-toed limp ever since. When Beuth was 4, his father died in a car accident. But he persevered, earning a bachelor’s degree in English at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and later a master’s in television production from Syracuse University. In 1955, Beuth became the first employee at the startup Capital Cities Communications, which eventually purchased the ABC television network. His memoir also recalls celebrity encounters with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cher, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Paul McCartney and many more. Moreover, Limping on Water serves as a “how-to” manual for achieving an ethical and successful career. Net proceeds from the book will be donated to Beuth’s favorite charities. Locally, Beuth volunteers with organizations such as the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee and the Naples Press Club.

Kudos to Valerie's House

CONGRATS TO VALERIE’S HOUSE for bringing in $50,000 during its first fundraiser in March. The Fort Myers nonprofit is a place for grieving children to learn to cope with the loss of a parent or loved one. Valerie’s House, which opened earlier this year, is named for founder Angela Melvin’s mother, who was killed in a car crash when Angela was 10.

40 Under 40: Where Are They Now

CLASS OF 2009 HONOREE ANGELA SCHIVINSKI served in business development at Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. She distinguished herself in part after competing in a contest run by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, which ranked her No. 1 in the country for Total Dollar Value of New Members and third in Number of New Members Recruited. The Colorado native and mother of one daughter joined Florida Weekly Fort Myers in 2011 as its publisher.

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