Isaac of "The Love Boat" Mother Jerri Lange, Bay Area Media Legend, Social Activist Has Passed

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Jerri Lange Broadcast Pioneer & Media Legend
Jerri Lange Broadcast Pioneer & Media Legend
LOS ANGELES - April 15, 2021 - PRLog -- News Release Written by Carmen Stone Posted Courtesy of Wright Enterprises San Francisco~Dallas Community Spotlight~~~

Jerri Lange, one of the first African American journalists and television talk show hosts in the San Francisco Bay Area passed away peacefully on April 10, 2021, from natural causes.  At 96, despite several physical challenges, Jerri remained a positive and powerful force and continued to share her wisdom and experiences with her vast circle of family, friends, and admirers.  Jerri is survived by her two sons, James Cowan, a print media businessman, and Ted Lange, an actor best known for his stellar performance as Isaac on the hit television series, The Love Boat, along with Ted's two sons/Jerri's grandsons, Ted IV and Turner. Jerri joins her son, the late Michael Lange, former playwright, actor, professor in heaven.

Jerri was an award-winning journalist who from 1969 to 1979 hosted community-based television shows in the Bay Area on KEMO; KBHK; KGO; and KQED, where she became the first black woman to host a national talk show, Turnabout, and where she served on the Board.  Jerri has interviewed world leaders and great entertainers, including Professor Arnold Toynbee, a historian from the Royal Institute of International Studies in London; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Rock Hudson; and many others.  She was a professor at San Francisco State University, lectured a graduate class in communications at Stanford University, was correspondent in Africa for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was creator and publisher of the magazine, Amberstar. In her book, Jerri, A Black Woman's Life in the Media, she tells of her extraordinary experiences and how they shaped her life.

The Lange family is currently planning a memorial in Jerri's honor at a time to be determined in May 2021.  Additional details will be forthcoming. Cards and other communications can be sent to: Jerri Lange, c/o Carmen Stone, P.O. Box 852, San Lorenzo, CA 94580, or by email to

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