Ralph Baruch, founder of Viacom, died in his Manhattan home at the age of 92 last week. His life was recalled in the autobiographical book “Television Tightrope,” which we reviewed here. VideoAge’s editor Dom Serafini met Baruch for the first time while at Television/Radio Age. Baruch was also the co-founder of the International Emmys, where he was instrumental in allowing Serafini to be part of the International Emmys (now International Academy). At the time, the International Emmys did not allow journalists to be members. After his retirement from Viacom, Baruch and Serafini would casually meet at a counter at a luncheonette on Lexington and 75 Street. We at VideoAge remember him fondly and gratefully.

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