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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:01 PM

Don Meier, who created 'Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom,' dies at age 104

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Rick Ruggles

Don Meier, who created "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" and sparked nature-themed television and reality TV, died Saturday at age 104.

Meier, an Oshkosh, Nebraska, native, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He and his late wife, Lorena, supported about a dozen scholarships in the NU system that will live on through the couple's foundation.

Meier produced a show out of Chicago called "Zoo Parade" that became his inspiration for the wildlife program of the early 1960s. Meier envisioned that show, "Wild Kingdom," taking television viewers around the world to see animals in their natural habitats.

UNL Journalism Professor Barney McCoy said Meier's hunt for corporate sponsorship was met with a "no" 84 times before Mutual of Omaha executive V.J. Skutt gave the show a chance.




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Reply Don Meier, who created 'Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom,' dies at age 104 (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jul 15 OP
FoxNewsSucks Jul 15 #1
bobbieinok Jul 15 #2
lunatica Jul 16 #24
Leghorn21 Jul 15 #3
BeyondGeography Jul 16 #23
Skittles Jul 15 #4
Botany Jul 15 #5
MiniMe Jul 15 #6
Bob Loblaw Jul 15 #11
Botany Jul 15 #14
Dem Dean Jul 15 #15
Botany Jul 15 #16
Olafjoy Jul 15 #7
Glorfindel Jul 15 #8
mcar Jul 15 #9
BumRushDaShow Jul 15 #10
catbyte Jul 15 #12
sinkingfeeling Jul 15 #13
gademocrat7 Jul 15 #17
wendyb-NC Jul 15 #18
Bayard Jul 15 #19
Aristus Jul 16 #20
Judi Lynn Jul 16 #21
WePurrsevere Jul 16 #22
donkeypoofed Jul 16 #25
True Dough Jul 16 #26
Rhiannon12866 Jul 17 #27

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:05 PM

1. I loved that show. nt

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Response to FoxNewsSucks (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:10 PM

2. My whole family did

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Response to FoxNewsSucks (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 01:51 PM

24. Me too. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:11 PM

3. Early Sunday evenings, as I recall?

A great, enthralling show

RIP Mr. Meier and thank you

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 07:58 AM

23. In between football and Disney on NBC IIRC

On the East Coast at least.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:20 PM

4. LOVED that show

it was amazing

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:20 PM

5. Marlin Perkins, "I'll wait in the truck while Jim wrestles the lion."

https://www.wishtv.com/news/national/jim-fowler-former-host-of-wild-kingdom-dies-at-89/amp/

Jim Fowler, former host of ‘Wild Kingdom,’ dies at 89 (Jim just died 2 months ago)

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Response to Botany (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:32 PM

6. Yup, Marlin was always someplace safe

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Response to Botany (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:03 PM

11. "Be careful Jim,

those claws are as sharp as razors and can rip a man to shreds."

-- M. Perkins

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Response to Bob Loblaw (Reply #11)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:26 PM

14. M. Perkins after the beast was under control would jump in and hold down the tail or a leg ....

"Careful Jim that tail can break a man's leg."

looking back on it now and with some knowledge "Wild Kingdom" wasn't the best
for science and the environment but it was gound breaking in showing animals
in the natural surroundings.

Damn, I feel old.

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Response to Botany (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:31 PM

15. Is Perkins Still Alive?

 

Hey, with his policy of risk avoidance, it wouldn't surprise me!

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Response to Dem Dean (Reply #15)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:34 PM

16. He died 33 years ago. He would be 114 if he was still alive.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:34 PM

7. LOVED

One of the few television programs my parents let us watch! Sunday night my brother and I would get in our jammies, put our little table in front of the black and white TV and watch “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” and “The Wonderful World of Disney” and eat our grilled cheese sandwiches. Life didn’t get much better than that.
Thank you, Don Meier

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:49 PM

8. I'm old enough to remember "Zoo Parade" quite fondly

and "Wild Kingdom" was even better. Many thanks, Mr. Meier, and rest in peace.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:51 PM

9. It was a no miss in my family

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 06:57 PM

10. Wow.

Amazing these folks were still around after all this time. So many of will never forget the call line "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" (and the big logo on the screen).

R.I.P. and thank you for some eye-opening and entertaining programming (now the stuff of places like Animal Planet or the Nat Geo Channel or even youtube)!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:04 PM

12. That was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid. It's one of the reasons I'm such an animal lover

I just loved Marlin Perkins. He was like some awesome, cool grandpa.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:04 PM

13. Thank you. R.I.P.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 07:37 PM

17. R.I.P. Mr. Meier.

Wild Kingdom was a favorite program in our house.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 08:55 PM

18. R.I.P. Mr Meier

I grew up in the 1960's watching "Wild Kingdom". What a great show! I learned so much from watching it and it inspired me to read books on wildlife and to learn about the diverse animal species featured on the show.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:15 PM

19. Watched this show with my Dad every Sunday night

We loved wildlife together.

Thank you, Mr. Meier, for a great memory.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 12:04 AM

20. My brother and I never missed a chance to watch an episode with our father on Sundays.

It's one of the warmest memories I have of my childhood.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 12:59 AM

21. Both men were very kind, gentle people, and they seemed to have real respect for the animals.

They showed a deep difference to what came later in general civility in public communication.

Neither man would have a moment to spare around people like Trump. No one in Trump's family tree could have ever been their equal.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 07:56 AM

22. Loved the show. Every Sunday this was a must watch..

Followed by Disney.

In thinking about it watching Meier's creation probably had quite a bit of positive influence on my young mind so I send him off with respect, fond memories and gratitude.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 05:04 PM

25. Oh man, I loved that show !

Every Sunday night , with the Wonderful World of Disney being on right after it. Awesome.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2019, 05:10 PM

26. If life is truly survival of the fittest

Don Meier did extremely well! RIP.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 04:21 AM

27. Who didn't watch and love that show??

A true TV classic - thank you.

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