George Draper Lewis, 89

Veteran radio and TV writer

George Draper Lewis, a prolific radio and TV writer, died Jan. 4 of natural causes in Palm Desert. He was 89.

Lewis joined the CBS Radio Network in 1939 as a staff writer, and during World War II he worked as a radio producer-director-writer for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Following the war, Lewis rejoined CBS before moving over to NBC, where he wrote for “The Camel Caravan.”

In 1950, Lewis moved into television, joining the writing staff of “The Arthur Godfrey Show.”

During the mid-1950s, Lewis wrote for the NBC show “Coke Time With Eddie Fisher.” In 1960, he joined Henry Jaffe Prods. as a writer on the “Bell Telephone Hour.”

Two years later, he joined David Wolper Prods. as a producer-director-writer on “Biography,” “Men in Crisis” and “Hollywood and the Stars.”

Joining Chuck Barris Prods. in 1965, he wrote for “The Dating Game.”

During the 1970s, he wrote and produced the pilot “That’s Hollywood” and a subsequent 15 segments of that series.

Lewis also served as a producer-writer for “Those Amazing Animals” and “That’s Incredible!” for Alan Landsburg Prods.

A memorial service for Lewis will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Writers Guild Theater.

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