Robert “Bob” Klosterman, 56, one of the earliest Walt Disney Mouseketeers and an accountant who once headed Mary Tyler Moore Entertainment, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Eagle, Idaho. A native of Lynwood, he grew up in Southern California and in Dallas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Cal State Northridge. After a bout of polio at age 5, he was told to take dancing lessons — and was soon invited to join the mouse-eared members of television’s “Mickey Mouse Club.” As a Los Angeles accountant, he handled business affairs for Mary Tyler Moore, Marlon Brando, Ed Asner and Tom Hanks. In 1991, he joined CBS/MTM Entertainment in Studio City, rising to chief executive. After negotiating the sale of MTM Studios to a British firm two years later, he became president and chief executive of MTM Entertainment, producing and distributing television movies. He moved to Idaho later in 1993 to head Grand Slam Treasures.
Robert (Bob) Klosterman, 56, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2003, from heart complications. Bob was born July 28, 1946, in Lynwood, California, the son of Francis and Betty Klosterman.
Bob began his career as a CPA and became a partner Brown, Kraft & Co in Los Angeles where he managed the business affairs of numerous celebrities including Marlon Brando, Gladys Knight, Ed Asner, Diana Ross, Tom Hanks, and Mary Tyler Moore, as well as producers and directors in the film industry. In 1991, he accepted a management position with CBS/MTM Entertainment in Studio City where he eventually became CEO.
Bob grew up in the California communities of Long Beach and Bellflower, as well as in Dallas, Texas. He attended Jesuit High School in Dallas and graduated from Birmingham High School in Encino, California in 1964. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from California State University, Northridge. A rich ancestry of Cherokee, German, and Texan instilled Bob with traits that underscored his colorful personality throughout his life: courage, tenacity, a sharp sense of humor, a deep love of family, and a continual pursuit of knowledge. Bob always reached for the stars and these traits helped him through adversity, including a successful battle with polio when he was five years old. Part of the polio treatment included dancing lessons, which resulted in an invitation from Walt Disney Studios to become one of the first Mouseketeers.
Bob’s competitive spirit turned him into an all-around competitor. He was a lifelong fan of the Texas Longhorns and if he couldn’t get the game on his television in Idaho, he would call his brother Jack in California, who would hold the phone up to his television set in order for Bob to hear the game play by play. In addition, in 1962, when the Kennedy Clan was walking 50 miles in America as a fundraiser to promote fitness, Bob walked 50 miles backwards from Dallas to Denton, Texas and back to Dallas, earning him the distinction of being the first person ever to accomplish this feat which landed him in the Guiness World Book of Records.
In 1993, Bob negotiated the sale of MTM Studios to a British firm and became President and CEO of Mary Tyler Moore Entertainment, Inc., a worldwide producer and distributor of television movies and series. In the first 18 months of his tenure, he turned MTM’s $50 million cash deficit into to cash self-sufficiency and 60% debt reduction. Bob moved to Idaho in 1993 where he was president and CEO of Grand Slam Treasures. His passion for the entertainment industry caused him to also continue as a managing member of Northwest Parks, an entertainment investment development company, and serve as president of Floating Feather Entertainment, Inc., a television development and consulting corporation. He also retained his CPA status in both Idaho and California.
During a ski trip to Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1989, Bob met the love of his life, Jane Spaulding, who lived in Boise. After a nine month long-distance courtship, Bob flew Jane to Paris and, in front of the Eiffel Tower, proposed. They were married October 6, 1990, on the outside terraces of the Sun Valley Lodge. Jane and Bob shared a passion for beauty, romance, travel, and music. Their short life together became even richer with the miraculous births of two children Andrew and Christine.
Surviving loved ones include his loving wife, Jane and their children, Andrew, 7, Christine, 2, of the family home in Eagle, Idaho; two sons from a previous marriage to whom Bob continued to be a loving father, Rob, 36, and Sean, 34; his beloved parents, Francis and Betty of Los Angeles; brothers, Jack (Barbara), Valencia, CA; Don (Ronda), Long Beach, CA; sister Constance (David) Kozlowski, San Clemente, CA.; 117 cousins, two nephews, two nieces and hundreds of friends who loved him.