Tam Spiva

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Tam Spiva
Born 1932
Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
Residence Pacific Palisades, California
Occupation Televison and film script writer
Spouse(s) Phyllis Ellen Spiva
Children Two children
Notes Spiva's parents came from a newspaper background, but he ventured into Hollywood script writing, particularly The Brady Bunch and Gentle Ben.  

Hubert Tamblyn Spiva, known as Tam Spiva (born 1932), is a television script writer in Pacific Palisades, California, who is best known for his work on ABC's The Brady Bunch situation comedy (1969-1974), starring Florence Henderson and Robert Reed,[1] and CBS's family drama Gentle Ben (1967-1969) starring Dennis Weaver.
 
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Spiva_home_in_Minden.jpg   The family home in which Tam Spiva grew up in Minden, Louisiana, is located at the intersection of Elm and East and West streets near the Webster Parish Library.  


Spiva is orignally from the small city of Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana. His parents, Hubert Spiva and the former Lilla Stewart (1905-1959), operated the Webster Printing Company and the former Minden Herald and Webster Review newspapers, forerunners of the current Minden Press-Herald. Lilla Spiva managed the papers after her husband's death and was herself publisher and society editor of the Minden Herald.[She was a daughter of a prominent early Minden couple, Daniel Webster Stewart, Sr. (1857-1935), and the former Alice Reagan (1871-1954). Spiva's maternal aunt was Mary Amanda Stewart (1903-1994), whom he visited when he returned to his hometown.
 
Spiva graduated from the defunct Western Military Academy in Alton in Madison County, Illinois, near St. Louis and then Northwestern University in Evanston, near Chicago. He also studied at the London School of Film Technique. His early free-lance writing was rewarded in the script for the 1965 film Island of the Lost. In addition to The Brady Bunch and Gentle Ben, Spiva garnered credits for two other ABC sereis, The FBI starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Dan August starring Burt Reynolds.
 
Spiva's wife is Phyllis Ellen Spiva (born November 25, 1947,. There are two Spiva children.

 

 References

  1.  The Brady Bunch episode guide
  2. On-line, John Agan, "MPH story goes back more than 150 years",
  3. Minden Press-Heralnews
  4. Minden Memories website
  5. Brady Bunch Writer in Minden This Week" Minden Press-Herald, March 25, 1970, p. 1
  6. Net Detective, People Search

Retrieved from wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam_Spiva" Categories: 1932 births | People from Minden, Louisiana | People from the Greater Los Angeles Area | American authors | Television writers | Northwestern University alumni | The Brady Bunch

  Compliments of Billy  Hathorn, Class of 1966