"Shoptalk" Creator Fitzpatrick Dead At 56
Don Fitzpatrick, who started the emailed newsletter "ShopTalk," in 1983, which initially focused on the TV news business but eventually broadened its scope to other areas of TV and cable, died Monday in Alexandria, LA at age 56. From 1982 to 2000, he headed San Francisco-based Don Fitzpatrick Associates, a TV news "headhunting" firm that landed jobs for Jim Nantz, Meredith Vieira, Leeza Gibbons, Randall Pinkston and John Tesh. "Shoptalk" was one of the first electronically distributed newsletters, originally posted on The Source online service, then moving to CompuServe, and finally onto the Internet in the form of TVSpy.com. In 1999 he closed DFA and concentrated on the website, which he sold to The Vault.