Saturday, June 13, 2015

GERARD THOMAS STRAUB: FROM HOLLYWOOD TO HAITI

STRAUB IN HAITI

Gerard Thomas Straub was a big Hollywood guy. He produced General Hospital during the Luke and Laura years. Then he started searching...

He tells his story in this week's arts and culture piece for The Tidings.

Here's how it begins:

The mission statement of Pax et Bonum Communications reads: “Putting the power of film at the service of the poor.”

It wasn’t always that way for founder Gerard Thomas Straub.

“I grew up in NYC. I loved the Church. I was an altar boy. When I was 12, a cousin of mine was ordained. The whole ritual — the beauty, the magic — had a profound impact. We don’t realize it but Catholicism has an element of show-biz in it.”

His first year of high school he was in a minor seminary. “The stories of Christ touched me, but I remember thinking, No one’s really living it. We’re clawing our way to the top, just like everyone else.”

At 17, he got a job giving out tickets at “The Ed Sullivan Show.” “I was bitten by the show-biz bug. Entertainment took the place of the Church. In 1964, television was learned from inside. There was no school of communications. I was an executive by the time I was 21.”



READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

2 comments:

  1. what a cool and uplifting read! i enjoyed this one. great share, thank you.

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  2. Wonderful! I sent this column to a close relative who is a General Hospital devotee. I think that she would be inspired by Mr Straub's journey. The power of grace, moving through one individual ...

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