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AQ Proud

Aquinas alumni are finding success in their careers each and every day. AQ Proud is a chance for us to highlight these success stories and give you a glimpse into where they are now. Check back often for new stories and if there's an AQ alum you think we should highlight, please contact Jay Polston '90 at (585) 254-2020 x1061 or jpolston@aquinasinstitute.com.



Herbie J. Pilato '78

WRITER, PRODUCER, PERFORMER AND ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVE

Herbie J. Pilato is a writer, producer, performer, and entertainment executive who has worked on several television shows including Bravo’s hit five-part series, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story (the seventh-highest rated True Hollywood Story in E!’s history), A&E’s Biography of Lee Majors, TLC’s Behind the Fame specials, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, among others. Herbie J. has also served as a consulting producer and on-screen commentator on various classic TV DVD documentaries for Sony, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros., including The Six Million Dollar Man boxed set, Kung Fu, and CHiPs.

Herbie J’s long list of top-selling, critically-acclaimed pop-culture/media tie-in books include the newly published Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV’s Top Male Icons From the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Glamour Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery, Twitch Upon a Star, Bewitched Forever, The Bewitched Book, The Bionic Book, Life Story: The Book of Life Goes On, The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, The Kung Fu Book of Caine, and NBC & ME: My Life as a Page in a Book.

He began his career as an NBC Page in 1984 (where he worked The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson), after which he became an actor and appeared on TV shows like Highway to Heaven, The Golden Girls, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful, in addition to performing in various film and live stage productions (some of which he has also directed, such as Leonard Malfi’s Birdbath).  

He is the Founder and Executive Director for the Classic TV Preservation Society, a formal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive social influence of classic television programming (www.classictvpreserve.org); the Creative Director for Television, Ink. (a TV, film and literary production company), while he serves as Contributing Editor for Larry Brody's heralded www.TVWriter.com, and writes frequently for www.Emmys.org.

His new classic TV talk show, Then Again with Herbie J. Pilato, debuts on the CBS-Decades network in 2017.

 


    • Herbie J. Pilato '78

AQ Proud Q&A

Favorite AQ memory:
There are four: My first day at AQ, making every basket I shot one day in sophomore year during a mere game of basketball in phys-ed, winning the magazine drive in junior year, and dancing solo like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever at the senior ball.

Favorite teacher and or class: 
Another tie: Mr. Steve Centron, who I always admired for treating every student with respect, and Mr. Richard Pillitier....the smartest, most intellectual and sophisticated teacher and human being I have ever known.

Advice to current students:
 
Respect, appreciate, and support your fellow students for each of their unique talents in every way. Cheer on and encourage..."give courage to"...each of your peers on an equal basis. As we each have our own individual gifts that we bring to the table of life.

Why AQ is special to you:
 
When I was in grammar school I used to dream of attending Aquinas. When my dream came true, I appreciated every second of it. To this very day I remain proud of the educational and spiritual guidance and structure that I received in the process.
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