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'Simpsons' producer
Sam Simon dies at 59

Sam Simon, an original developer of "The Simpsons" has died at the age of 59. His passing was announced on Monday by The Sam Simon Foundation.

"It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. We take comfort in knowing how many greetings he is receiving across that Rainbow Bridge. We love you Sam!" more

November, 2014
What Should We Learn From a Dying Philanthropist?

We’ve been covering the prolific giving of famed TV producer Sam Simon lately, and specifically how his philanthropy is escalating since his terminal cancer diagnosis. It’s certainly a moving story, but what can philanthropy as a whole learn from a wealthy donor who knows his time is short?

There are a few aspects of Simon’s story that are pretty fascinating. Mainly, it’s that Simon—who is co-creator of the The Simpson's, but played a big role in Taxi, Cheers and others—is in the rare position of knowing at a relatively young age about how long he has left, as he was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2012. learn more

October, 2014
Always Leave Them Laughing...

Diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, and given only months to live, Sam Simon is still alive and still racing to spend the fortune he made as co-creator of The Simpson's on causes he loves, whether he is rescuing grizzly bears (and chinchillas and elephants) or funding vegan food banks. As Simon's friends and fellow activists gather for his 59th birthday, another friend, Merrill Markoe, reveals how a force of comedy faces his own tragedy. learn more

June 19, 2014

Save the Children announced yesterday...
a new global philanthropic community called the “Simon Society,” named after Emmy Award-winning co-creator of “The Simpsons” and long-time children’s benefactor, Sam Simon.

For nearly three decades, acclaimed writer, producer and director Sam Simon has been a loyal advocate for children by supporting Save the Children’s top mission priorities, and traveling the world to see the charity’s work up close.
He met former child soldiers in the mountains of Nepal returning to their communities; farmers in coffee-growing areas of Guatemala learning how to grow healthier food for their families; and children in quake-ravaged Haiti returning to school in a newly built safe classroom. read more...

‘The Simpsons’ Sam Simon To Receive WGA West Animation Caucus Award!
Veteran television writer-producer Sam Simon, who co-developed Fox’s long-running animated series The Simpsons and has been a writer, producer, and director on Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, and The Drew Carey Show, will receive the Writers Guild of America, West Animation Writers Caucus’ (AWC) 16th Annual Animation Writing Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the craft of animation writing.
The AWC’s lifetime achievement award will be presented to honoree Simon tomorrow night, Thursday, November 21, at the AWC’s annual meeting, reception, and awards ceremony at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles. read more...

Sam Simon faces down his terminal cancer diagnosis by spending his vast fortune on animal rights and feeding the hungry:
"I get pleasure from it. I love it."

Five months ago, the nine-time Emmy winner -- whose post-Simpsons projects have included directing (The Drew Carey Show), hosting (the short-lived poker reality series Sam's Game for Playboy TV) and consulting (currently on FX's Anger Management) -- was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer.

He confirmed during a May 16 WTF With Marc Maron podcast that he was given the prognosis of three to six months to live and that he will donate nearly all of his sizable Simpsons royalties -- which he has said earn him "tens of millions" annually -- to charity.

"I think it's really nice for him that he's doing it now and he gets to see the results of his philanthropy," says Tilly. "He really does have a passion to survive, and the longer he's on the earth, the more good work he can do."

On July 1, Simon spoke frankly to THR about what goes on in the mind of someone who has much to give but not a lot of time to give it. Full Story.

'Simpsons' creator Sam Simon finds funny in his cancer fight.

This Aug. 12, 2013 photo shows Sam Simon, co-creator of "The Simpsons," at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Simon, 58, was diagnosed his colorectal cancer last November. Having defied that diagnosis' sentence, three to six months to live. Simon continues to push ahead, broaching no defeat.
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Mike McAdams plays with Blaze, his newly acquired golden retriever-setter assistance dog. Blaze alerts his owner to different sounds in the house such as the door bell, cellphone and kitchen timer.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/apr/05/rescue-dog-finds-purpose-in-helping-ventura/#ixzz2PtFwzco2
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Mike McAdams plays with Blaze, his newly acquired golden retriever-setter assistance dog.

Blaze, the dog, has had many new beginnings. The 4-year-old pooch’s latest incarnation is as an assistance dog to Ventura resident Mike McAdams. The setter-retriever mix was welcomed into McAdams’ home with a big hug this week for training. The new owner said that having an assistance dog will make his life safer. learn more


PETA to name HQ after "The Simpsons" co-creator
By Philip Walzer - The Virginian-Pilot - © February 17, 2013

PETA next month will name its Norfolk headquarters after a Hollywood donor who helped create a famous TV character with an unquenchable appetite for bacon.

Even more improbable, the president of the animal rights group finds the character, Homer Simpson, hysterical. learn more.

The SSS Sam Simon
After months of speculation, anticipation and the announcement that Los Angeles-based philanthropist and co-creator of TV’s “The Simpsons,” Sam Simon, had donated funds for the purchase of a ship, Sea Shepherd's new Antarctic patrol ship, the SSS Sam Simon, was unveiled today in the port of Hobart, Tasmania, docked at Macquarie Wharf. read more...

The M/V Sam Simon to Join the Sea Shepherd Fleet for the Next Voyage to Antarctica

 The rumors are true! The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is going to add a fourth ship to the fleet. The Sam Simon will soon join the Bob Barker, Steve Irwin, and Brigitte Bardot. Sam Simon generously donated the funds to purchase the ship and we have found the perfect candidate, in of all places – Germany!. learn more

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Blaze of Glory - The Sam Simon Foundation places service dog "Blaze" with Iraq War Veteran Tracey L. Cooper-Harris. learn more

Los Angeles Animal Rescue Of The Week: The Sam Simon Foundation
The Huffington Post First Posted: 03- 1-11 11:57 AM | Updated: 03- 1-11 05:43 PM

In 2002, Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, established The Sam Simon Foundation in order to give back to the community and channel his love of dogs. The Malibu-based foundation aims to "save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people," and is entirely funded by Simon himself. learn more
Animal Instincts
(from ForbesLife Magazine, September 27, 2010)

Maverick producer and screenwriter Sam Simon knows his way around a boxing ring, a poker table, and a PETA fund-raiser.

Television writer and producer Sam Simon's career has gone to the dogs, among other animals. His first love was cartoons--he drew for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner while in college, and worked as a storyboard artist. Then he sold a spec script to Taxi, became that series' show runner at age 23, and later worked on... learn more
Meet Sam Simon, The Dog Nut
Morley Safer Meets One Of The Unusual Co-Creators Of The Simpsons

This story is a goofy stew of big money, abandoned dogs, professional boxing, fine art, poker, and America's favorite dysfunctional family, the Simpsons. Those various elements are embodied in the personality of a 52-year-old Californian named Sam Simon, a veteran television producer who is perhaps the Renaissance man of the baffling, uncertain age we live in.

This segment was originally broadcast on March 4, 2007. It was updated on July 15, 2007.

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A dog lends his ears to a girl who can use them

DEL MAR ---- Imagine having the hearing of a dog. In some small way, that is what it has been like for Megan Hogan since her new companion, Prince, came to stay.

Hogan, 17, is 100 percent deaf, but can hear some sounds with the help of a cochlear implant. It's the background sounds - a knock at the door, a fire alarm, her name called from across a busy room - that escape her, and that's where Prince, a specially trained golden retriever - Labrador mix, is proving...

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