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Once upon a crime - Alumni Profiles
December 2008 Issue
Howard Berk’s journey back to the University of Georgia has as many twists and turns as the cases he created while writing popular detective shows in the ’70s and ’80s. His show business career included writing 13 films and more than 120 episodes for TV series including “Columbo,” which earned him an Emmy nomination, “The Rockford Files,” “Mike Hammer,” “McMillan and Wife” and others. That all happened after a stint with the CIA. “The bottom line is always this—if you can write, you’ve got a good shot. If you haven’t got any talent, you’re dead in the water,” he says. Berk has spent more than a decade at the university in roles including director of the Creative Development Unit and distinguished writer in residence. Along with screenwriting, both at UGA and the University of Innsbruck in Austria for eight summers, he has taught a course in espionage at UGA. Berk (ABJ ’48) returned to Athens after developing a relationship with Terry …
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