Eaker - Co-founder of BACK STAGE Magazine
Ira Eaker, who cofounded
the trade magazine BACK STAGE, died on Wednesday, June 26th in Florida
following surgery for colon cancer. He was 80 years old. He is survived
by his wife, Lee, his daughter, Sherry (currently Editor-in-Chief
of BACK STAGE) and a son Dean. He also leaves a sister and two grandchildren.
Mr. Eaker is a New York
City native and served as a corporal in the Army during World War
II. After the war he served for a time as advertising sales manager
for SHOW BUSINESS WEEKLY. In 1960, along with Allen Zwerdling, he
created BACK STAGE Magazine, which quickly became the prime source
of casting and audition information for aspiring New York performers.
The magazine's coverage spread from coast to coast. In 1986 BACK STAGE
was sold to Billboard Publications, Inc.
Private funeral services
were held in Florida on Sunday. June 30th. Donations may be made to
the American Cancer Society.
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