Al passed away peacefully on the morning of December 20th.
His journey began on October first 1922 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Upon graduation from High School, Al attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for a time, to be followed by a stint in the Armed Forces as a Naval Aviator. Just as he was preparing to head overseas, the war ended and it was back to civilian life.
It was at this point, Al headed out to sunny Southern California and enrolled at UCLA. It wasn’t long before he was attracted to broadcasting, thanks to the NBC Radio Institute in Hollywood where he began taking classes. It was around this time he met Leona, and they married a short time later.
The year was 1948 when word of a new radio station in Santa Barbara reached the institute. Al and Lee drove north one weekend and located KIST on the fifth floor of the Balboa Building where they dropped off a resume. Facing stiff competition, there was little optimism of being hired. Nonetheless, a call came shortly thereafter with a job offer to work at Harry Butcher’s brand new facility. Al spent two years there, then proceeded across the street to KTMS, where he remained for the next thirty years.
It was in 1951 that son David was born and the family moved into a new home on The Mesa. The birth of second son Glenn, (now deceased) followed in 1954.
Al always had a great passion for fishing and treasured his annual trek to the High Sierras with fellow members of Suburban Kiwanis to which he belonged for over forty years.
His friendly, easy-going approach to selling radio advertising garnered him many friends in the local business community. Al will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
We wish to thank the staff at Casa St. James for their attentive care. (No services are planned @ this time.)