Abel Green

Abel Green

Abel Green (June 3, 1900 - May 10, 1973) was an American journalist best known as the editor of "Variety" for forty years. Sime Silverman first hired Green as a reporter in 1918, and Green's byline first appeared on May 30, 1919.

Green was responsible for the creation of much of "Variety"'s characteristic jargon, including the 1935 headline "Sticks nix hick pix"; [cite web|url=http://www.simesite.net/abel.asp|title=Abel Green|last=Besas|first=Peter|publisher=Sime's Site|accessdate=2008-08-02] in his obituary, TIME said that if "Variety" was the Bible of show business, then Green "was its King James". [cite news|url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,907311,00.html?iid=chix-sphere|title=King James to the End|date=1973-05-21|publisher=TIME|accessdate=2008-08-02]

In 1951, Green collaborated with Joe Laurie, Jr. on "Show Biz: From Vaude to Video", a history of show business.


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