Theodore "Ted" Schulte
Theodore Karl Schulte, 81, retired television advertising producer and long-time resident of Lake Forest, passed away recently. Ted was the son of Alice Wiechers Schulte and Karl Schulte and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. His father was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony, director of the Chicago Music Library and founder of the Little Symphony of Chicago.
Ted began his career at the Chicago Cubs, pioneering the use of film in baseball analysis in 1959. He went on to several advertising agencies, taking great pleasure in working on commercials with such well-known “spokespersons” as Tony the Tiger, Pillsbury Dough Boy, and Morris the cat. He was honored to receive a Clio award, the industry accolade, for one of many commercials he helped to produce for AT&T. He was also director for an ABC network children’s program, Magic Ranch, a weekly television show of the 1960’s. Later in his career, he managed a finishing lab for commercial work at Chicago’s Astro Video Company. He also served as chairman of the Chicago Coalition, an assemblage of actors, writers and technical workers who were instrumental in bringing film and television production to Chicago.
Ted was a 1959 graduate of Northwestern University. He is survived by his wife Jane; daughter Karla (Gary); son John (Jenny), three granddaughters and a brother William (Anne). Preceding him in death were three sisters, Carol VerMeulen of Lake Forest, Sarah Church of Akron, and Joan Gruden of Seattle. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com