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The Television Genius

The Television Genius

Remembering Grant Tinker, Sammy Lee, Andrew Sachs, Milt Moss, Jim Delligatti and the Big MacGrant Tinker was the American television executive who, along with his then-wife Mary Tyler Moore, founded MTM Enterprises. Their company created many of the best-known shows of the 1970’s and early 1980’s including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and Rhoda. Tinker later went on to become the CEO of NBC and rescued the network with shows such as The Cosby Show and Cheers. Sammy Lee was the first Asian-American to win gold medals at the Olympics, winning in both 1948 and 1952 as a diver. He was the Sullivan Award winner in 1953. Andrew Sachs was the British actor who played the iconic role of Manuel the waiter in the legendary British television series, Fawlty Towers. Milt Moss was the actor who starred in a famous commercial that featured the line “I can’t believe I ate that whole thing.” Jim Delligatti was the Pittsburgh McDonald’s franchisee who invented the Big Mac.