No More Writer's Cramp -- TV Writers Get 'Congrats!' Gift from Comedian-Turned-CEO to Go Along with New Contract

May 07, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pilot Pen Corporation of America

    TRUMBULL, Conn., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Writers for hit TV series "The West
 Wing," "The Sopranos," "Frasier" and two other shows can endorse larger checks
 and write next season's scripts in greater comfort now that they have a new
 contract and ergonomic pens on their desks.
     Aaron Sorkin, Joe Keenan, Terrance Winter and other staff writers were
 sent personal letters of congratulations and Dr. Grip pens from
 comedian-turned-CEO Ron Shaw, president of Pilot Pen Corporation of America.
 Shaw wrote to the writers of his five favorite TV shows, as well as members of
 the Writers Guild of America negotiating committee.
     Shaw said he included Dr. Grips as a gesture of appreciation for the
 pleasure their writing brings to so many -- and as a precaution against
 writer's cramp.  Dr. Grip is the only pen to receive the Arthritis
 Foundation's "Commendation for Ease-of-Use."
     Shaw has first-hand experience with show business's finances.  Throughout
 the Fifties, he performed as a comedian in Miami and the Catskill Mountains,
 opening for Dean Martin and Liberace and appearing with stars like Rosemary
 Clooney and Jimmy Durante.
     "Georgie Jessel told me that if I ever got married before I hit it big, I
 should quit the business and get a real job," Shaw said.  "That's how I became
 a pen salesman."
     Quitting show business wasn't such a bad decision.  Under Shaw's
 leadership, Pilot Pen grew from $1 million to $200 million in 25 years.
     Staff writers for the following shows received Shaw's congratulations and
 Dr. Grips: "Frasier," "Gideon's Crossing," "Law & Order," "The Sopranos" and
 "The West Wing."
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