EXPIRED: 06/05/10 – Robert Wussler, 73, left his hometown of Newark, NJ to take a job in the CBS mailroom in 1957. Over the next 21 years, he worked nearly every angle of the media company – including producing the Sports & News divisions – where he oversaw coverage of the Lunar Space landing, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, and President Nixon’s trip to China.
By age 39 he was the youngest president of the CBS television network.
After running his own programming company in the late 70’s, he got a call from Ted Turner in 1980 to join Turner Broadcasting Systems and to co-found CNN.
He also helped launch Headline News, TNT, Turner Sports, the Goodwill Games and many other ventures, winning a total of 7 Emmys throughout his career.
He also plays himself in a really bad terrorist plot movie from 1977 called “Black Sunday.”