TA Gets a Kill: Consumer Advocate David Horowitz @ 81
David Horowitz, the creator and host of the popular Fight Back!
news segments and programs that went to bat for consumers, has died. He was 81.
Horowitz died Thursday in Los Angeles from complications related to dementia, a family spokesman announced.
A 15-time Emmy Award winner, Horowitz confronted companies and investigated defective products and false claims for everyday people. He spent two decades at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles before moving to KCBS-TV starting in 1993, and his syndicated Fight Back! With David Horowitz
was on the air for 18 years in more than 60 markets.
Horowitz also had a radio program on more than 200 U.S. stations and a syndicated newspaper column as well.
"I don't want anyone to take me for a sucker, and I don't want to see anyone else taken either," he once said. "A lot of things are unfair in life. It's tough; that's the way it is. But, by heaven, if you can do something about it, do it."
Horowitz was the Today
show's consumer correspondent for eight years, and he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
more than 40 times. One of Carson's recurring characters was "David Howitzer, Consumer Supporter," and that gained him a legion of fans.
Horowitz also appeared as himself on episodes of such shows as Silver Spoons
, The Golden Girls
and Saved by the Bell
While live on the air during a KNBC 4 p.m. newscast in August 1987, Horowitz was taken hostage and forced to read a long letter by a deranged man who appeared to be wielding a loaded gun. He remained calm, and it turned out the gun was a toy replica.
"The guy came up and put a gun in my back, [and] my first reaction was, 'I can't believe this is happening,'" he told the Los Angeles Times
in 1987. "His first words to me were, 'Read this or I'll shoot you!' People later told me how calm I looked, but believe me, I wasn't!"
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