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James William Schock (1932-2020)
Memorial contributions may be made to Broadcast Legends, at broadcastlegends.com, 4317 Camden Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403.
Private service will be held at Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley. Due to the Covid virus, a Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a future date.
James William Schock passed away peacefully on August 20, 2020 in Mill Valley, CA. Writing was his passion. He was vivid, talented, accomplished, and unforgettable. A force.
Born in 1932 to Frances (Dodson) and Russell Schock in Templeton, Indiana, jim attended grammar school in Pulaski, and lived the life of an Indiana farm boy. In 1947, he moved to Tucson, AZ. graduated from Tucson High, was a member of DeMolay, won a national Scholastic Magazine award for poetry and worked as a disk jockey at Tucson’s KVOA radio station.
His marriage to Georgia Sue Allen produced a son, Jimmy Jr. Following their divorce in 1955, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army, experienced boot camp in Fort Ord, served in Korea for two years, was mustered out at the San Francisco Presidio. In 1958, he met and married Trubee Campbell, his wife of 62 years. In the late 50s and early 60s, he wrote and published Life is a Lousy Drag, a small book on the Beatniks, now a collector’s item, then wrote and edited Pacific Bell's employee magazine, and was a copywriter for Hoefer, Dietrick & Brown ad agency. The Schocks moved to Mill Valley in 1963.
While working on Pierre Salinger’s 1964 U.S. Senate campaign, Jim met KGO-TV news anchor Roger Grimsby, who hired him at KGO-TV. As newswriter/producer during the 1960s-70s, at KGO-TV and later at KRON-TV, he covered milestone events – Berkeley’s Free Speech movement, 1964 Republican convention in San Francisco, 1966's Gemini 8 space shot, 1968's Miami Republican convention, Patty Hearst’s kidnap saga, Harvey Milk/George Mosconi assassinations, and Jim Jones/ Johnstown/Guyana massacre.
During his almost two decades in the news business, writing and producing news, documentaries and sports programs, Jim earned three Emmy nominations. He left KRON-TV, was hired to write BART’s 1979 annual report (incorporating the disastrous transbay tunnel fire), and did public relations work for 3R Schools. With Roger Carnegie, he formed a production company focusing on corporate videos. In 1996, he wrote and published Golden Gate Bridge, A Celebration, a table-top book. His column “The Schock Treatment” appeared weekly in Commute Times tabloid for 20 years. He was a 23-year member of the Broadcast Legends and served as vice president of the Core Board. His “The Boy” column was a popular feature of Legends quarterly newsletter.
He is survived by sons David and Will, daughter-in-law Jeanine, and grand-daughters Katherine and Charlotte and predeceased by his son, Jeffrey, and sister, Lillian Bolen.