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.
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.