Gadabout Gaddis

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Roscoe Vernon Gaddis (January 28, 1896 - October 21, 1986), known professionally as Gadabout Gaddis, was a 20th-century American fisherman and television pioneer.[1]

Gaddis, an avid fisherman since his youth in Illinois,[2] was also a pilot and adventurer. He began his career in the early days of television by showing his home movies of his fishing expeditions.[3] His show Outdoors with Liberty Mutual was first broadcast in 1939 and was only the second sponsored television show (Lowell Thomas's was the first). The show was eventually carried on 73 stations. Going Places with Gadabout Gaddis in the 1950s was less successful,[4] but beginning in the early 1960s Gaddis starred in The Flying Fisherman, also sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Gaddis would fly to a different location, and fish. The shows were filmed without sound, and Gaddis would add his low-key and folksy narration in the studio.[4] Gaddis was nominated for an Emmy in 1968.[2]

Gaddis lived in Bingham, Maine, and Gadabout Gaddis Airport in that town[5] was his base of operations. The airport was built about 1950 and later bought by Gaddis.[6]




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  1. ^ John Petrocelli. "Gadabout Gaddis - The Flying Fisherman". Salty Dog Seakayaking Webzine. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "'Gadabout' Gaddis, TV's 'Flying Fisherman,' Dead at 90". Associated Press. October 21, 1986. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Benson, James E. (2008). Along Old Canada Road. Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 978-0738556659. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Robert Matarazzo (2009). "Baby Boomer Hero: The Flying Fisherman". Tackle. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "ME08 Gadabout Gaddis Airport". Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Sample, Tim; Bither, Ms. Stephen D. (2011). Maine Curiosities, 3rd: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff (3rd ed.). Globe Pequot. p. 33. ISBN 978-0762761142. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films, 1961-1970. University of California Press. 1997. p. 346. ISBN 978-0520209701. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "A Recent Search Shows there are 5 Gadabout Videos Available". Gadabout Gaddis web site. Retrieved April 5, 2013.