“I wanted to be a writer, but next in importance to being a writer was to make a living as a writer—very important to me.”
“Go back to the Greeks, who had stories of gods coming down to Earth to live with mortals. There are stories in other cultures of angels doing the same. The only thing is, before ‘Bewitched,’ this basic tale had not been used as a TV series.”
When I quoted Sol Saks yesterday I was not aware that he was still alive earlier this year. He died in April at the age of 100.
The New York Times reported that he was the creator of the popular TV show Bewitched and wrote the very first episode. A show that starred Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York and originally aired from 1964-1972, but will be in syndication—somewhere in the world— forever. Saks credits include the feature Walk, Don’t Run (1966) that starred Cary Grant.
He was born in New York City, raised in Chicago where his father ran a paint store, and got his start in the entertainment business working in radio with Dinah Shore. When radio died in Chicago he knew he needed to move to New York or Califonia and chose to head to Los Angeles, “because it was a more intersesting ride.” As the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.
Sol was also told that in L.A. they were “dying for comedy writers.” But he didn’t find that to be true. William Morris was his agency in Chicago, but he couldn’t get any offers in Los Angeles. Evenutally, he lined up work with on The Red Skelton Show. “Then I could get into William Morris’ office—after I had a job,” Sol said on an interview at EmmyLegends.org: