Scribe wrote for 'Cagney and Lacey'; hosted radio travel shows

Scribe Norman Chandler Fox, who wrote episodes of “Cagney and Lacey” and later hosted radio travel shows, died on July 15 after being removed from life support in Los Angeles. Fox, 71, had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than 15 years.

Fox started in the blurb biz working in New York before moving to Southern California, where he worke as a copywriter for Universal Television and from there became a writer for “Fame” in 1986. Other TV series he wrote for include the “Three’s Company” spinoff “Three’s a Crowd,” “Cagney and Lacey” (for which he won a Writers Guild Award) and “Nine to Five.” His last outing as a writer was for 1980’s “The Quiz Kids Challenge.”

Fox also produced the miniseries “The Black Beauty,” plus telepics “Tail Gunner Joe” and “Once Upon a Family.”

A pioneer on satellite radio, Fox hosted several travel shows including “Travel Talk,” for Santa Barbara’s KTMS and “Traveling” on KCRW. In the 1990s he hosted a two-week travel show on KMPC and “Traveling with Norm Fox” on KABC.

The scribe published books including “The Trivia Challenge,” and co-authored “Violent Sundays” and “The Better Life Institute Family Health Plan.”

He wrote for pubs from the Hollywood Reporter to Copley News Service.

Survivors include his companion, Loreen Arbus; and two brothers.

Donations may be made in his name to Kady’s Fund, P.O. Box 90664 Pasadena, CA 91109.

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