Television producer Sophie Altman, 95, who created the long-running quiz show
, pitting teams of high school students against each other, died last Saturday of heart disease in Washington.
Mrs. Altman was already a seasoned TV producer in 1961 when she started It's Academic in the Washington area. The quiz show is entering its 48th season in Washington, and there are local versions in several other cities. The show - reminiscent of the GE College Bowl, which ran on network TV in the 1960s - tests brainy high school students on an array of subjects.
Among the competitors the show attracted were future Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer; astronaut Timothy Creamer; Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon; and ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, according to Mrs. Altman's family.