Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday, April 25, 2009
From the LA Times 28 April 2009
April 10, 1947 - April 22, 2009
Kim Robert Weiskopf, 62, award-winning television comedy writer, has passed away after an eighteen month battle with pancreatic cancer... a battle he waged with great courage, dignity and of course, his unique sense of humor. Kim died peacefully at home early Wednesday, April 22nd, in the embrace of his loving wife and soulmate of 29 years, Jody, and his adoring daughter, Kate. Also at Kim's side were other family members, as well as angel/caregivers Susan Rydberg, Sandra Traconis and Derek Sellers.
Kim's enormously successful writing and producing career - much of it with longtime writing partner Michael Baser - spanned from 1972 with Rod Serling's radio show, "The Zero Hour", to "Good Times", to "Three's Company", to "What's Happening Now", and to "Married... With Children", with many illustrious stops in between.
Kim was a joy to work with, but woe to those who dared mess with the written word capriciously. Kim was adamant about protecting a writer's work, and there are numerous execs whose foreheads still bear a puncture wound caused by one of Kim's well-sharpened and expertly hurled No. 2 pencils.
Kim was a wonderful judge of talent and incredibly generous with his assistance to those on their way up; there are countless writers, directors, and craftspeople working today who got their start under Kim's nurturing and watchful eye.
In recent years, Kim focused his energy on teaching and mentoring young writers coming up through the ranks. He also found great joy in collaborating on several projects with his good pal, Kathy Green.
But by far, his most spectacular collaboration was with his wife Jody, when they co-produced Kim's greatest joy, their daughter Kate. Kim has been Kate's proud father since Jody's first sonogram, and was thrilled when Kate decided to pursue a career in the arts.
In addition to Jody and Kate, Kim's passion and integrity will continue to be represented here on earth by his passionless and morally bankrupt brother Walt, sister-in-law Suzanne, his nephew Jason, and Jason's daughter, Addy.
Services were private. A Celebration of Kim's Life will be held at the Writers Guild Theater, on June 5th, 2009. Light refreshments will be served at 7:00 p.m., with the ceremony beginning at 8:00. The theater is located at 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Garage parking is complimentary.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kim's name to the Writers Guild Foundation, 7000 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, would be appreciated.
Kim, we're sure that you have great Dodger seats and already have the whole stadium smiling. And remember... if anyone mentions "Melba", deny it.