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journalist , writer , television presenter , gridiron football player

Irv Kupcinet, American Columnist. Recipient Emmy award, Peabody award, moderator television show, numerous civic and professional awards; Wabash Avenue Bridge, Chicago renamed Irv Kupcinet Bridge, 1986. Vice president Doctor Jerome D. Solomon Memorial Foundation; originator, host Purple Heart Cruise. Member Newspaper Guild, National Press Club (Washington), Chicago Press Club, Tau Delta Phi.

Background

Kupcinet, Irv was born on July 31, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Max and Anna (Paswell) Kupcinet.

Education

AB, Northwestern University, 1930-1932; Bachelor of Arts, Univercity North Dakota, 1935.

Career

He was popularly known by the nickname "Kup". His daily Kup's Column was launched in 1943 and remained a fixture in the Sun-Times for the next six decades. Kupcinet was youngest of four children born to Russian Jewish immigrants in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.

While attending high school, he became editor of the school newspaper and the senior class president. Upon graduating college, Kupcinet was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles football team in 1935. His football career was cut short due to a shoulder injury, which led him to take a job as a sports writer for the Chicago Daily Times (now known as the Chicago Sun-Times) in 1935.

While writing his sports column, Kupcinet also wrote a short "People" section which became officially known as "Kup's Column" in 1948, after The Chicago Sun and the Daily Times merged to form the Chicago Sun-Times. "Kup's Column" chronicled the nightlife of Chicago, along with celebrity and political gossip. The column would eventually be distributed to more than 100 newspapers around the world.

In 1952, Kupcinet became a pioneer in the television talk show genre when he landed his own talk show. In 1957, he was one of the set of hosts who replaced Steve Allen on The Tonight Show, before Jack Paar was brought in to change the program's format. Kupcinet's own series ran from 1959 until 1986 and was, at one point, syndicated to over 70 stations throughout the United States.

In addition to writing his newspaper column and talk-show hosting duties, Kupcinet provided commentary for radio broadcasts of Chicago Bears football games with Jack Brickhouse (and was affectionately mocked for the signature phrase, "Dat's right, Jack"). Film cameos\r\nKupcinet made cameo appearances in two movies — 1959's Anatomy of a Murder and the 1962 drama Advise and Consent. In 1982, Kupcinet was elected to Chicago's Journalism Hall of Fame.

On November 10, 2003, Kupcinet died from respiratory complications from pneumonia at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago. He was 91 years old.

Achievements

  • In 1982, Kupcinet was elected to Chicago's Journalism Hall of Fame.

Membership

Vice president Doctor Jerome D. Solomon Memorial Foundation. Originator, host Purple Heart Cruise. Member Newspaper Guild, National Press Club (Washington), Chicago Press Club, Tau Delta Phi.

Connections

Married Essee Joan Solomon, February 12, 1939. Children: Karyn (deceased), Jerry Solomon.

father:
Max Kupcinet

mother:
Anna (Paswell) Kupcinet

spouse:
Essee Joan Solomon

children:
Jerry Solomon Kupcinet

Karyn Kupcinet (deceased)