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Jack Speirs, Disney writer, dead at 86

Veteran Walt Disney writer/producer Jack Speirs passed away Nov. 29 at his
home in Lake Sherwood, Calif. He was 86.

In the 25 years he worked for The Walt Disney Co., Speirs wrote many of Walt
Disney's introductions to Disneyland and Walt Disney's Wonderful World
of Color
, as well as television programs and films featuring animals.

Speirs also was a talented songwriter.

Speirs was born in Coxs Mills, W. Va. He started his career at Disney
in 1954 and retired in 1980.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.