PIKE PRODUCTIONS, INC. A TRIBUTE TO JAMES A. PIKE

WHO’S WHO IN MOTION PICTURES AND TELEVISION

PIKE, James A. : b. Boston, MA Aug 15, 1922, d. Jan 4, 2012 e. Boston University, US Army World War II, Film Director, WNAC-TV, Boston, MA. Vice President RKO General. Movie Producer: Feelin’ Good, Demo Derby. Founded Pike Productions in 1958.
Produced TV Commercials for national clients including Ford Motor Co., Silly Putty, Hasbro.
Produced special sales films for companies that included Gillette, Raytheon, AT&T, Perini Corp, Boston Patriots.
Produced political films for major candidates including Pres. John F. Kennedy; Sen. Edward Kennedy; Gov. John Volpe, MA.; Gov. Endicott Peabody, MA.; Sen. Leverett Saltonstall, MA.; Mayor Kevin White, Boston.
Company designed, produced, and distributed special trailers for exhibitors in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.
Member Variety Club of New England. Presidential Citation, Variety Club International.
Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award, Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Ken MacAskill and Jim Pike filming dancers at the 1965 First Massachusetts Jaycees Battle of the Bands.
I don't know if the notice above ever found its way into that Who's Who, but I found it in what looked like a print out of an earlier edition, with the latest entries of countries where theaters were running Pike Productions trailers in my father's unfinished memoirs. Although only peripherally involved in the earliest Pike Productions projects, I remember many. When still in high school, I touched up Hasbro, Parker Brothers, and Milton Bradley game boxes with matching flat colors that photographed better for TV commercials than the glossy originals, and animated a portion of Duncan's Shrieking Sonic Satellite Yoyo national TV campaign. I remember the "Breaking a Boston Bottleneck" industrial film about the Perini Corporation's building of the Callahan Tunnel under Boston Harbor, the exciting piece introducing the "Boston Patriots" football team, "The Saltonstall Story" about three-term Governor and more than 20 years U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Leverett A. Saltonstall; and of course, footage for JFK's "Time for Greatness" leading up to his successful Presidential bid.

As for the theatrical releases, I am credited with suggesting my father make the film based on the Demo Derby competitions at Norwood Arena.

I wrote that film's title song, subsequently polished, arranged and produced by Arthur Korb, and performed by the Rondels. The happy result of that was that my song was featured on double bills with Frank Sinatra in Robin and the Seven Hoods; Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas; and ultimately on thousands of screens all across the nation with The Beatles Hard Day's Night!

To view James A. Pike's theatrical trailer introducing Demo Derby, Click the image, right.
I starred in Pike Productions' 1966 widescreen, color theatrical release, Feelin' Good, and wrote ten of its original songs -- eight that I performed in the film and two, including the title song, performed by the Montclairs, winners of that first Jaycees Battle of the Bands.

In 1968, I moved to Los Angeles and thereafter sometimes researched development in digital audio, digital animation processes and software for Pike Productions, but it was my youngest brother, Adam Pike, who became Pike Productions' Hollywood connection.

Click the image, right to see newsreel footage from the 1966 world premiere of Feelin' Good.

Travis Edward Pike, April, 2018
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