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After an impressive career in the entertainment industry, A. John Graves brought his expertise to Central in 1986, where he retired this year as professor emeritus of mass communication.
Graves’ career in entertainment began at age 14 as a professional pianist. He went on to record with a variety of groups, as well accompany singers and acts including Jimmy Durante and June Christy. His career in film and television began with NBC where he eventually became a program executive responsible for the creative quality of a variety of network television shows. Graves then landed at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television as director of current programs in charge of television series in production.
In 1972, he formed his own production company which acquired, developed and marketed film and television projects. His feature project developmental deals included contracts with Universal, Michael Phillips and EMI. During this time, he was the Executive Producer of “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” a critically acclaimed international feature film directed by Peter Weir.
While serving on the faculty at Central for 10 years, Graves also taught courses at Baker University, was a visiting professor at the University of Glamorgan in Wales, taught a seminar on screenwriting at Johnson County Community College and conducted a series of day-long seminars in Kansas City titled “The creative Complex in Film and Television” which featured leading industry professionals.
Graves and his wife, Ann, have retired in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He has a son, Kim, and a daughter, Kerry.