Dr. Gene Scott, RIP

Oh, now this is a sad day. Or, yesterday was a sad day.

Prominent Pastor, Dr. Gene Scott, Dies in Los Angeles

Tuesday February 22, 1:17 am ET

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Gene Scott, a pastor and teacher well known for his religious broadcasts carried around the world on radio and television, as well as for his charitable and philanthropic work, died Monday afternoon after suffering a stroke.

Dr. Scott, who was 75, led services every Sunday for 30 years in Los Angeles. For the last 16 years, he conducted services at the Los Angeles University Cathedral, a downtown Los Angeles landmark. The Church is one of the largest in the Los Angeles area with more than 15,000 members.

Beginning in 1975 Dr. Scott hosted a nightly live television broadcast of Bible teaching and talk. His nightly talk show and Sunday morning church services are aired on radio and television stations around the world by his University Network.

Dr. Scott’s philanthropic work was varied and wide ranging. His Network provided the facilities for the “Save the Books” telethon to benefit the Los Angeles Central Library. Other institutions with which he was involved are too numerous to list, but included the Richard Pryor Burn Foundation, the Southwest Museum, the Museum in Black, the Adventist Medical Foundation, Rebuild LA and the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. He was a member of the board of Rebuild LA along with other community leaders and of the prestigious Philatelic Foundation of New York.

Dr. Scott was also instrumental in putting together one of the world’s most complete and prominent collections of Bibles and related manuscripts. Part of the collection, which includes many milestone editions of the Bible, is on display at the Los Angeles University Cathedral and has been viewed by more than 100,000 people.

Born in Buhl, ID in 1929, Dr. Scott later moved to northern California and earned his Ph. D. from Stanford University in 1957. He was the author of more than 20 books and also won acclaim as a painter. Dr. Scott is survived by his wife, Melissa. Private services are being arranged.

Rotten.com has a nice profile of the Stanford graduate.

i grew up on gene scott (and carol doda but that’s another story).

he looked like an old-fashioned pro wrestler with bright white hair and a big body. he had his own cable station in CA and would broadcast the same thing for 24 hours a day: himself. he’d sit in a director’s chair or an easy chair and just page through his bible and say stuff that occurred to him or he’d jump up and demand his band to play music or draw something on the rolling chalkboard. he always wore a different hat, the best one was a bright red fedora. he’d just rant and rant until he could barely keep his eyes open, but he always acted like he was explaining something that made perfect sense and he was there to help you figure it out, no matter how long it took.

the best–i think i remember seeing this–was when he said he wouldn’t talk or go off the air until he’d raised $1 million (like twenty years ago, at least, so that’s a chunk of change). he just sat and stared at the camera. the band would play once in awhile. the camera would pan around the studio, but he wouldn’t move and the camera just kept rolling. maybe he’d glare at the camera, or read the bible while the phone number rolled across the screen.

when Cabaret Voltaire came to town and used a sound sample of gene scott in one of their best songs, “sluggin’ for jesus, part 3.”

oh, i can’t go on.

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