Oliver Treyz to Governor J. Lindsay Almond. Jr.

  • Date: September 14, 1961
  • Creator: Oliver Treyz
  • Archive: J. Lindsay Almond, Jr. Executive Papers, Library of Virginia

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Oliver Treyz, the president of ABC Television Network, notified Almond of the upcoming new installment of ABC's show, Close Up!, an emotionally challenging documentary that chronicled often controversial issues of the time. The season opener, called A Walk in My Shoes, traced the life of a black man and attempted to capture life in the 60s from his viewpoint and many others. The letter came at a time when other national television stations, including NBC, began broadcasting controversial programs, capitalizing on the increasing racial tensions in the South. Some of these programs received conflicting responses, including backlash from many white southern viewers who saw the programs as instigating and inciting racial turmoil.