Charles Z. Wick
Charles Z. Wick
visiting with the First Lady in 1984
July 20, 1917
|Died||July 20, 2008 (aged 91)|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Charles Z. Wick (October 12, 1917 – July 20, 2008) was director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) under President Ronald Reagan (1981–1989). As USIA director, Wick launched the first live global satellite television network.
The son of a Cleveland businessman and venture capitalist, Wick was born Charles Zwick; he decided working in show business warranted an 'easier name'. Wick also established the Voice of America's Radio Marti broadcasting to Cuba; created RIAS TV in Berlin; headed the International Youth Exchange Initiative; established an office within USIA to implement the General Exchanges Agreement between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union; and created the Artistic Ambassador Program with its international young artists' exchanges.
Wick was an independent businessman involved in the financing and operation of motion picture, television, radio, music, health care, and mortgage industries in the United States and abroad. He was president and chief executive officer of Wick Financial Corp., and Mapleton Enterprises, which he founded in the early 1960s. He was co-chairman of the 1981 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Wick was on the Advisory Board of USC Center on Public Diplomacy.
Prior to his entering into governmental affairs, he produced such films as Snow White and the Three Stooges.
Notes and references
- "Services to be held for former Reagan appointee Wick". Los Angeles Daily News. 2008-07-22. Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
- The Associated Press (2008-07-22). "Former USIA chief Charles Wick dies at 90 in LA". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-07-22.[dead link]
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