Friday, September 9, 2011

Letter To CBS Morning Show 2000

(This letter was written to the CBS morning show in the year 2000 in an attempt to get some coverage of the Frazetta Art Museum. Nothing happened. No response. No interest. It did not surprise me, but I had to give it a try. They cover every type of moronic and insipid art exhibit opening around the world, but they would not give Frazetta any attention at all.)


CBS Sunday Morning
524 West 57th St Box 0
New York, New York 10019 9-12-00

Dear Sir:

I am a longtime viewer of CBS SUNDAY MORNING. In particular, I thoroughly enjoy your ongoing series of selected artist and museum reports. With this in mind I would like to suggest that you consider doing a feature on the new Frank Frazetta Museum in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Frank Frazetta has a following of millions of fans worldwide. He has been visited and courted over the years by the likes of George Lucas, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwartzenegger, John and Bo Derek, Francis Ford Coppola, Dino De Laurentiis, just to name a few notables. Frazetta posters and lithographs have sold in the millions and have been a mainstay on college campus walls for decades. A million copies of his artbooks have been sold worldwide.

In addition, Frazetta is responsible ultimately for the massive growth of the paperback industry in the 1960’s, and was the lead figure in the battle for artist’s rights. He innovated the policy of “first publication rights”. From 1950-2000 no other artist has been more influential. He has literally influenced thousands of other artists. His ideas and designs have become standards in the vocabulary of art expression. A documentary is currently in preparation on his life, art, and pervasive influence. Frazetta has also been showcased in AMERICAN ARTIST (the highest-selling issue in its history), ESQUIRE, and countless other features worldwide. Frazetta is not just a pop phenomenon, but a creative artist destined for a serious place in art history. Frazetta is rare in that he paints directly from his imagination without use of photos, models, or external reference.

The Frazetta Museum contains almost all his major works and is the result of his wife, Ellie, who had the foresight, vision, and tenacity to save these works for the world to appreciate. There is a unique, powerful, and interesting story to be found there and it deserves a look. I have been a collector and friend of Frazetta for over 25 years. If I can be of any help in facilitating a contact, or providing further information, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. David Winiewicz
P.O.Box 89
Amherst, NY 14226 Phone 716-836-9554

4 comments:

  1. Dave,
    I am glad that you made this effort, but...

    Did you follow-up and call and actually speak to someone over at the CBS Morning newsdesk??

    I can tell you firsthand that many correspondences wind up in a pile of others precariously balanced over a trash bin. And quite often they are managed by kids only a couple of years out of college.

    Even if it did make the news editor's desk, these folks are fickle about what is newsworthy at the time. You really have to keep after these folks if you want a response, believe me.

    My gut tells me if a news editor saw this, he probably saw "East Stroudsberg, PA" and estimated the production cost to send a crew out to do a story wasn't worth it.

    If you don't mind me saying, if you got one of those celebs you noted who love Frazetta so much to make a call to CBS for the museum, the news editor would have changed his tune.

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  2. Yes, we tried some behind-the-scenes arm pulling, but to no avail.

    No interest whatsoever.

    Thanks!

    DAVE

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  3. My guess is too much of the subject matter couldn't be shown on Sunday morning, It'd sure get a lotta controversy, I'm sure!!!

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  4. With all the crap they popularize on that show, why not Frazetta??

    What a waste.

    DAVE

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