Frank Jacoby was very excited about this coming Sunday.
At 2 p.m. at Town Hall, the 19th annual Westport Arts Awards will honor 12 of Westport’s most creative citizens. A Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Frank and his wife, Doris Storm.
Frank — a veteran of the “Golden Age” of television — helped put Channel 13 WATV on the air in 1948. He was soon hired by NBC as a network director.
Doris — his business partner in Jacoby/Storm Productions, and wife for 66 years — worked in early television as a writer, performer and co-producer with him, and on her own as a TV spokeswoman for many companies.
Sadly, Frank’s award will be presented posthumously. He died Thursday morning, of a heart attack.
The couple was looking very forward to the event, Doris said. They’d been to all 18 before this year, and felt honored to be in such august company.
The award is richly deserved. And — despite the tragedy — how nice that Frank knew he’d earned it.