Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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William  Link

class of 1952
inducted in 1981

William Link

Emmy Award-Winning Writer & Producer

Both Link and Levinson are 1952 graduates. The award-winning writing team emerged in seventh grade at Elkins Park Jr. High School. They began by writing and producing home radio shows and having classmates do the acting. While at CHS they collaborated with several students to present the original musical Election Time. While attending the University of Pennsylvania they sold their first short story (written as seniors at CHS) to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and have been successfully creative through the years.

Both men served in the Army af ter graduation from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1956. While in the Army, they collaborated by mail. They won their first Emmy in 1970 for outstanding achievement in drama for their film My Sweet Charlie. In 1972 the Link and Levinson team won ten Emmys for Columbo, which they created and produced.

Their awards are voluminous and impressive, including, among others: the Golden Gate Award for The Execution of Private Sloviak, the NAACP Image Award, two Golden Globe Awards for Columbo and That Certain Summer and the Motion Picture Council Award for The Gun. All together, Link and Levinson have written and produced over twenty motion pictures, more than one-hundred TV dramas and published over thirty short stories.