Lawrence E. Spivak

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Lawrence E. Spivak

Lawrence Edmund Spivak (June 11, 1900 - March 9, 1994) was an American publisher and journalist who was best known as the host of NBC's Meet the Press from 1965 to 1975.

When the program premiered in November 1947, Spivak was already fairly well-known as the publisher of The American Mercury, which was then a still relatively mainstream conservative publication best known as the literary home of H. L. Mencken. Spivak also published Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He sold Meet the Press to NBC in 1955, keeping his roles as panelist and producer.

Spivak and his wife Charlotte lived in the Sheraton-Park Hotel in Washington. He died of congestive heart failure at Washington's Sibley Memorial Hospital.

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