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Letter: TV producer was generous with skills

Robert Summerville, a Mississippi native who spent decades

Robert Summerville, a Mississippi native who spent decades in the Roosevelt community working in law enforcement and real estate, hosting a radio program, delivering home heating oil and capping his public service by leading the school board, died Saturday, May 21, 2016. He was 80. Newsday's obituary for Robert Summerville

I knew Bob Summerville as a serious and talented public-access cable TV producer [“Robert Summerville, led Roosevelt school board,” Obituaries, May 27]. Each of us, and a handful of other video producers with important messages to share, formed a loose association aiming to inform and empower those who viewed our weekly programs. Of course, this was with full awareness of the other programs on commercial entertainment channels.

Had more folks watched and listened to serious cable access programs, there would likely have been fewer wars and a better understanding of the corruption, lack of humanity and anti-intellectualism so prevalent around us.

Summerville covered a range of important material, including Nassau County legislative sessions and committee hearings, American Indian and black scholars, parades and demonstrations around the country, and political and cultural meetings at colleges and other institutions in the metropolitan area.

He was never too busy to help young citizen producers with technical and logistical support. His life exemplifies, for me, the very best inclinations of a public person.

Robert M. Goldberg