Sylvester Laflin "Pat" Weaver, Jr. (December 21, 1908 – March 15, 2002) was an American radio advertising executive, who became president of NBC between 1953 and 1955. He has been well-known for his commercial broadcasting's format and philosophy as radio gave way to television as America's dominant home entertainment. He was married to Elizabeth Inglis from 1942 until his death in 2002, they had two children; a son Trajan Victor Charles and a daughter Sigourney Weaver.
Weaver was born in Los Angeles, California on December 21, 1908. He was the son of actor/director Sylvester Laflin Weaver, Sr. (1874-1964) and actress Eleanor Isabel Dixon (1879-1966), Sylvester Jr.'s grandfather was Peter Laflin Weaver (1841-1912), a businessman, his great-grandfather was Henry Laflin Weaver (1808-1894), also a businessman, his great-great-grandfather was Charles Laflin Weaver (1708-1816), a manufacturer, Sylvester, Jr. died on March 15, 2002 in his home in Santa Barbara, California from natural causes, he was 93 years old.
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- Lueck, Thomas J. (2002-03-18). "Sylvester Weaver, 93, Dies; Created 'Today' and 'Tonight'". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., a pioneering television executive who created the NBC programs Today and Tonight and did much to shape the medium's pervasive influence, died Friday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 93.
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Museum of Broadcast Communications (formal bio) Archived 2009-10-09 at the Wayback Machine
- Television Heaven (brief bio) Archived 2008-04-19 at the Wayback Machine
- Pat Weaver: Television Advertising Visionary (biographical essay) Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
- "NBC (Radio) Monitor" tribute
- Sylvester Weaver Archived 2012-09-10 at the Wayback Machine interviewed by Mike Wallace on The Mike Wallace Interview
- Laflin & Rand Powder Company Archived 2012-02-29 at the Wayback Machine