Goldenson, Leonard H.

Goldenson, Leonard H. (1905-1999) Founder and former chairman of the board of ABC, Inc., Goldenson started with the organization in 1953 when he helped arrange the merger of United Paramount Theaters with the fledgling ABC (a failing collection of five television stations). He took a chance in 1954 by contracting for the first Disney television series, Disneyland, and investing in the park Walt was building in Anaheim. In 1985, he merged ABC with Cap Cities. He was named a Disney Legend posthumously in 2004.