RIP: Gary Franklin

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2007/10/garyfranklin-thumb.jpgGary Franklin, local media personality and the inventor of the 1-to-10 “Franklin Scale,” has passed away.

The LA Times reports:

Gary Franklin, the Los Angeles television and radio entertainment critic and reporter who became a household name in the 1980s critiquing movies and TV shows on “the Franklin Scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best,” has died. He was 79.

Franklin died Tuesday at his home in Chatsworth, said his daughter, Daryle Esswein. Although the cause of death was unknown, he had suffered four strokes in recent years.

The German-born Franklin first came to the attention of Southern Californians in the 1970s as the roving nightside radio reporter for all-news radio station KFWB-AM, where he signed off in “Dragnet”-like style: “Gary Franklin, Car 98, out!” [full story]

I love that he used to have a license plate which read: “ONE 2 TEN.”

Photo: 1991 Los Angeles Times File Photo

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