Knowledge Identifier: +Ernie_Kovacs
While working in Vermont in 1939, he became so seriously ill with pneumonia and pleurisy that his doctors didn't expect him to survive
His first paid entertainment work came in 1941, as a disc jockey on Trenton, New Jersey 's WTTM radio
"The Trenton, New Jerseyian", a local weekly newspaper, offered him a column in June 1945; Ernie called it "Kovacs Unlimited"
He served as host on a jazz LP to benefit the American Cancer Society in 1957, "Listening to Jazz with Ernie Kovacs"
In 1961, Kovacs and his co-director, Joe Behar, were recipients of the Directors Guild of America award for a second version of this program over the ABC network
Edie Adams - She was the wife and frequent television partner of Ernie Kovacs until his death in a 1962 car accident
Bob McAllister - This led to his being hired on at WJZ-TV Channel 13 in Baltimore, Maryland in 1963 on "The Bob McAllister Show", a half-hour program of comedy character and puppet sketches, magic acts, pantomime, cartoons and sight gags intended to revive the absurd visual surrealism of Ernie Kovacs' television work
His only child with Edie Adams, Mia Susan, was killed on May 8, 1982, in an automobile accident
Ernie Kovacs was inducted posthumously into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's Hall of Fame in 1992
Bill Camfield - In 2001, the Dallas Video Festival posthumously awarded Camfield the Ernie Kovacs Award for slapstick genius