Garroway, Dave

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Garroway, Dave Gender: M
born on 13 July 1913 at 12:05 (= 12:05 PM )
Place Schenectady, New York, 42n49, 73w56
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 20°40' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 26°22 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 18°04'

Portrait of Dave Garroway 
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Dave Garroway
photo: NBC, license fair-use


American radio broadcaster from 1939 and by 1952, the original host of the "Today Show," for nine years. Low-key, relaxed, witty and erudite, Garroway's ability to talk to the camera as though he were speaking directly to the viewer made him a most unlikely TV personality. He kept a loyal audience during his entire tenure until he stepped down due to the stress of taking on too much work and the suicide of his wife, Pamela. Since 1961, he became involved with various shows, business interests and reading programs. By the 1970s he was feeling anxious and guilty over quitting, feeling he could have contributed more quality and value to TV broadcasting but further efforts to renew his place never quite caught on again. Garroway's last TV appearance was in January of 1982, on the 30th anniversary broadcast of "Today."

Garroway's second wife, Pamela, took her own life by overdosing on sleeping pills in April 1961. He married Sara Lee Lippincott in 1980. He was father to a stepdaughter, Paris, by his first wife and stepson Michael by Pamela; as well as father of a son born to him and Pamela, David, Jr.

Feeling depressed after open heart surgery in 1982, Garroway saw his wife off to work on July 21, put the barrel of a shotgun to his head at precisely 9:00 AM - the hour when the "Today" show went off the air - and pulled the trigger.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Gain social status 1939 (Popular radio broadcast program, 13 years)
  • Work : New Job 1961 (Took on varying positions)
  • Death of Mate April 1961 (Second wife Pamela committed suicide)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 1980 (Third marriage Sara Lee Lippincott)
  • Mental Health : Depressive episode 1982 (Depressed after open heart surgery)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released January 1982 (Last TV appearance)
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  • Death by Suicide 21 July 1982 (Gunshot, age 69 plus one week)
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Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes B.R.


  • Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level: articulate)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all (Loyal audience following)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Second wife committed suicide)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (One step-daughter and one step-son)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide (Gunshot to head)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : News journalist/ Anchor
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality ("Today Show")
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection