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Personality Profile
Lee Ackerman, 39 - year -old
Phoenix businessman and invest
ment banker who recently an
nounced his cadidacy for Gov
ernor of Arizona on the Demo
cratic party primary ticket, soon
Will be making his “debut” as a
television celebrity.
In appearing on the new TV
series, “Sweet Success,” Acker
man will be joining an exclusive
company. He will be one of 39
Americans whose rise to success
will be dramatized on the Jackit
Productions series.
The 30 - minute Ackerman
Story, which will be televised
over KVAR, Channel 12, in the
near future,.was filmed in Phoe
nix, New York City and other
parts of the country pertinent to
his. life.
Ackerman was selected as the
only Arizonan in the “Sweet
Success” series because of his
widely diversified interests and
activities in the business field,
entertainment, government and
civic work.
The documentary film will
trace Ackerman’s rise to suc
cess,;, ..from ~.childhood - .through
college*' and-" Air Force combat
service in World War II to his
start as a cub reporter with the
Arizona Republic and his branch
ing out into a wide field of busi
ness and banking activities.
Contact is urgently needed
with John Ransom Bryant,
his family, or heirs. Locating
this family would be financ
ially beneficial to them. SSO
for assistance in locating.
Bryant last seen 1931 around
Phoenix, Yuma and Prescott
as iunk dealer and laborer.
Anyone having information,
D. Y. Smith, Jr.
Insurance Agency
312 First National Bank
P. O. Box 1038
Shreveport, Louisiana
Phone 2-0684
Sheet Metal Works
CR 7-6827
4704 N. 7th Ave.
For Your Best Buys
In Building Material
Call BR 5-6723
Cut-Rate Lumber Co.
3036 E. Washington
One question, however, is puzz
ling many of Ackerman’s friends
and business and civic associates.
And that is:
How can Ackerman’s wide
range of activities and achieve
ments be packed into a half hour
This wonderment is under
standable, for Ackerman, who is
basing his campaign for Govern
or of Arizona on a dynamic 14-
point Plan for Progress for the
State, has had a career almost
as fabulous as the growth of Ari
Ackerman and his wife, Leslie,
came to Phoenix from Boston
in 1946, after they had completed
a nation-wide good will air tour
for the National Aeronautical
Association and the Governors
of the six New England States.
Ackerman went to work as a
cub reporter for the Arizona Re
public, was advanced to avia
tion editor and then was named
public relations director for the
Republic and Gazette.
Possessing a strong, faith in
Arizona’s future potential, Ack
erman, from this beginning, suc
cessfully entered and expanded
operations in a wide variety of
business endeavors. At one time,
he and his associates controlled
more than a million acres of land
in Arizona. During the past year,
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however, Ackerman has dispos
ed of some 95 per cent of his
land holdings, to concentrate on
his activities in the investment
banking, securities and insurance
But Ackerman did not confine
his activities to business. He
served two years in the State
Legislature, during which he
headed an investigation of the
Welfare Department which pro
duced dramatic changes in the
handling of needed assistance to
the aged and blind.
In addition, he has taken an
active part in many community
activities through the years. He
initiated the Arizona Golden
Gloves Tournament, the Soap
Box Derby, the State Square
Dance Festival, the Maricopa
County Marbles Tournament.
He was associate chairman of
Arizona for the March of Dimes,
president of the Arizona Medical
Committee to raise funds for
scholarships for nurses and tech
nicians, a member of President
Eisenhower’s Committee on Traf
fic Safety, chairman of the board
for the Greater Arizona Heart
Today, Ackerman is state
chairman for the 1960 Easter
Seals Drive for Crippled Chil
dren, and has found time in his
busy schedule to work for the
United Fund Advance Gifts cam
paign, as well as serving on the
board of directors of the Arizona
Traffic Safety Foundation.
In the field of education, Ack
erman started the Grady Gam
mage Memorial Scholarship to
honor the memory of the man
who developed Arizona State
University from a small agricul
tural college to a major univer
sity in 15 years. And, in the field
of human relations, Ackerman
appointed Lincoln Ragsdale as
the first Negro in the entire
United States to sit on the board
of directors of an all-white Sav
ings and Loan Association.
This is just a part of the Lee
Ackerman Story the story of
a onetime newspaper carrier boy
who has made a success of his
life. It will be interesting to see
this story come to life on our
TV screens.
(JIM WOODS photo)
The former Miss Virginia Commer married Charles Loring at
the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Walter Yancy, 1707 West
Pima. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Loring.
Bishop T. Davis united the happy couple March 31. Charles
is stationed at Amarillo Air Force Base. Amarillo, Texas.
THE WOMEN behind Desert Mashie Golf Club tournament
planning are: (1 to r) Mrs. Lenore Fisher, Mrs. Harry Sessions,
Mrs. Geraldine Solomon, Mrs. William Bennett and Mrs. George
2&3 Bedroom
Homes for Sale
No Down Payment!!
Call lor appointment
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2017 E. Broadway
April 8, 1960

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