September 2 – Happy Birthday Paul Savage

Paul Savage in the late 1940’s

Born on September 2, 1925, Paul Savage came to Amsterdam as a youngster from Warren, OH. His dad, William J. Savage was manager of the Amsterdam branch of the New York State Employment office. His Mom had Amsterdam ties. She was the niece of the owner of the long-time Amsterdam music store, Morrison & Putman’s. The Savage’s lived first on Brandt Place and would later move to upper Division Street. After graduating from high school here in 1942, Paul Savage enlisted in the Marines and earned a Purple Heart when he was wounded during the US invasion of Iwo Jima.

A good-looking guy, when he returned from service he decided to go to Hollywood and try to break into acting. He was successful at landing bit parts in eighteen different television series during the next decade, but what he was even more successful at was script writing. His bit acting stints on popular Western’s like “Laramie” and “Gunsmoke” got him valuable exposure with the producer’s and crews of those shows so when he asked them to read his early attempts at scripts, they were willing to do so. He proved to have the knack for television writing and that knack turned into a pretty amazing 35-year-career that…

My complete birthday post for this prolific television script master will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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