Seymour (Cy) Leslie; Founder of Pickwick Int'l and Vice Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Jan 9, 2008, 9:21:30 AM1/9/08
LESLIE--Seymour M. A native and lifelong New Yorker, passed
away on Sunday, January 6, 2008, at the age of 85, after 60
years of marriage to his beloved wife, Barbara. The man
known to the world as "Cy" is survived by his loving
daughters Ellen, Janie and Carol, and his adoring
grandchildren Julie (Dan), David (Ariana), Sara and Ben. As
an entrepreneur from start to finish, Cy helped shape the
music and entertainment world and was recognized as a
pioneer of the home video industry. His first business was a
prerecorded greeting card service that turned into Voco
Records; he went on to become Founder of Pickwick
International, President of CBS Video Enterprises, Founder
and Chairman of MGM/UA Home Entertainment, Founder of The
Leslie Group, and Co-Chairman of Leslie/Linton
Entertainment. Cy has been recognized as one of the 20th
Century's most influential and outstanding leaders in the
video industry: he was the Record industry's Man of The Year
in 1975; he received the Presidential award from the
National Association of Record Manufacturers in 1976; and
Time magazine presented him with the Home Viewer/Time
Magazine Man-ofThe-Year Award for special achievement in
1987. Cy was also Vice Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of
Fame and an active member of the Motion Picture Academy of
Arts and Sciences. In his professional life, Cy never
stopped giving to the entertainment world, and in his
personal life, he never stopped giving to those he loved,
serving as the tower of strength to those who knew him
intimately. He and Barbara had also dedicated their lives to
supporting various organizations and institutions such as
The JCC of the Greater Five Towns, Five Towns College,
Parker Jewish Institute, B'nai B'rith, New York State
Council on Humanities, Friars Foundation and the T.J.
Martell Foundation. As a proud graduate of DeWitt Clinton
High School, Cy received his Bachelor's degree from Syracuse
University, before being deployed by the Army in World War
II. Later, he received a degree from Harvard Business
School, and has also received an honorary doctorate from
Syracuse University. Cy will be remembered as a man of
integrity, loyalty, and passion, and as a man who loved life
and lived it fully. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to The JCC of the Greater Five Towns, 207 Grove Avenue,
Cedarhurst, NY, 11596 or the Anti-Defamation League,
Department: RL, P.O. Box 96226, Washington, DC 20090.
Services will be held on Tuesday, January 8, at 11:30 at
Boulevard Riverside Chapel, 1450 Broadway, Hewlett, NY.
Shiva to follow at the home of Barbara Leslie at 810 Channel
Road, Woodmere, NY.

Published in the New York Times on 1/8/2008.


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