Dr. Arnold Pike, the producer and host of the nationally syndicated TV series “Viewpoint on Nutrition” who was known to his audience as “Mr. Media of Nutrition,” died May 31 of pneumonia at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was 82.
Pike, a consultant, teacher, writer and pioneer in the arena of public fitness, is best known for “Viewpoint on Nutrition,” a show he created in 1970. It was the first talkshow dedicated to health, nutrition and fitness and was graced by the appearances of Gloria Swanson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shirley Maclaine, among others. The show ran locally for 28 years.
With a Ph.D. in nutrition, Pike also served as the coordinator of Radio-Television programming with the California Teachers Assn. on from 1951-1969.
A longtime television personality, Pike began his television career in 1951 when he started creating, producing and hosting the first educational programming on the West coast with shows like “Playcrafters Club,” “How Does It Work,” “American Quiz” and several others.
In 1992 Dr. Pike received a commendation from Tom Bradley for his 42 years of distinguished educational television programming in Los Angeles.
In 1998 Pike retired from television, marking the end of a 47-year career in the medium.
Pike is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann, two sons, three sisters and a grandson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rose Hills cemetery in Whittier.