Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Past President Chuck Southcott presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to long-time PPB member Jim MacGeorge at the June 19, 2015 luncheon honoring Fred Willard. Below are Mr. Southcott's remarks introducing Mr. MacGeorge:
Our Diamond Circle honoree is no stranger to the PPB dais. He has filled the shoes of former resident humorists Pat Buttram, Steve Allen and Hal Kanter during several luncheons. He has also served on our board.
When Jim MacGeorge first arrived in Hollywood from Seattle, he went under contract to the producers of the “Time for Beany” cartoon series, which was the beginning of his successful voice-over career.
Jim was a solo live performer on the commercial that brought the Honda automobile to the United States in 1963. The car at that time sold for thirteen hundred dollars!
A while back he toured Florida with the group “Yarmy’s Army” with Harvey Korman, Shelley Berman and Peter Marshall, all receiving accolades.
He starred with Anthony Newley playing Stan Laurel in the Broadway musical “Chaplin” to rave reviews. Laurel was Chaplin’s understudy when they came to the U.S. from England. Jim portrayed the Laurel character on all the “Laurel and Hardy” commercials you’ve seen on television, including the long-running ANCO windshield wiper spots. Incidentally, he was a personal friend of Stan’s.
Jim has acted in motion pictures, appeared on television and is doing his funny and very warm club act around the country. He writes his own material and he rewrites all the jokes that he steals.
He‘s proud that his timing is impeccable. Well maybe not impeccable, but it‘s as close to being impeccable as you can get without actually being impeccable. Yes, it’s now time for some words of wisdom from today‘s recipient of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle Award - Jim MacGeorge.
Jim MacGeorge accepts his award from Chuck Southcott