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Former Variety editor Meyer dies at 71

Journalist worked in Miami, Israel, New York

Frank Meyer, former managing editor of Variety, died Jan. 29 in New York of lung cancer. He was 71.

Meyer worked in journalism and public relations in Miami and reported from Israel before moving to Variety in New York, where he served as music editor, editor of special sections and managing editor.

Born in Port Chester, NY, he moved to Miami in 1952, and attended the the U. of Miami. Meyer started in journalism while in the Army, and then returned to Miami where he became a sports writer.

He worked as assistant to a producer at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and as producer of “The Larry King Show” on WIOD Miami.

In 1964, he joined the Miami Beach Sun as chief copy editor, and later as entertainment editor. During those years, he became South Florida correspondent for Variety.

Meyer worked in Israel for 19 months in 1970, doing a weekly radio program, and writing for several newspapers including Variety.

In 1974, he moved to New York to join the Variety staff as a general assignment reporter. For five years, he served as music editor before returning to Florida to work in public relations.

He rejoined Variety as the first editor of special sections, then was named managing editor.

After leaving Variety, Meyer spent eight months in 1991 as managing editor of Agent & Manager Magazine. He later served as exec director of the Hudson Valley Film & Video Office and broadcast a morning show for WKIP Poughkeepsie and WGHQ Kingston.

He is survived by his wife, Mikki, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and a brother.

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