Who’s What and What’s Where
Compiled and edited by Sue Clark Chadwick
Did you see Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, George Burns and Jack Benny, among others, at the January luncheon? If not, you missed the tribute to noted actor and impressionist FRANK GORSHIN, who had just returned from a successful run on Broadway in a one-man show as George Burns in Say Goodnight, Gracie. President GIL STRATTON introduced the dais, and Entertainment Chair JEANNE DeVIVIER BROWN read messages from FRANK’s friends who couldn’t attend: PETER MARSHALL, who is headlining the Follies in Palm Springs; LEE MERIWETHER, who is on tour; Bob Eubanks, who is in Las Vegas; former Board member BILL DANA, from Nashville; Phyllis Diller and Buck Henry. On hand to talk of their association with GORSHIN as a co-worker and friend were: Paul Picerni, who worked with FRANK on “The Untouchables” with Robert Stack; Jimmy Van Patten, who was on the road for ten months with his father, Dick, and FRANK; Julie Newmar, from “Li’l Abner”; “Batman” ADAM WEST; our in-house humorist HAL KANTER; collector of classic TV shows EDIE ADAMS and writer and actor CHUCK McCANN, who met GORSHIN during auditions for “The Steve Allen Show.” Film clips from GORSHIN’s long career on Broadway, in films, on television and in Las Vegas (edited by PAT GLEASON) were shown before President GIL STRATTON presented FRANK with the PPB Clock. GORSHIN graciously accepted, thanking his friends and PPB.
GILMORE, PPB Founding President and
Chairman of the Board, did a teaser in introducing the
Nostalgia Night co-Chairs RAY BRIEM and LINA ROMAY announced that the January 22nd guest, who was scheduled too late to make the last Newsletter, was radio veteran Bill Moran. Moran hosts “Bill Moran’s Spotlight” on Sundays from to on K-Surf, 1260/540. Moran talked about his fast-paced show featuring entertainment news. Moran started as a talk radio host in the 1970s on KABC. He was also on KIIS AM and FM in the ’70s. Bill told of the many actors and musicians he had interviewed, Emmy winners, Golden Globe, Tony winners, Academy Award winners and Grammy winners. Clips of some of his shows were heard. Hope you didn’t miss it. LINA ROMAY, who has been recuperating from a fractured arch that kept her from a luncheon and a Board meeting, but did not keep her from working on Nostalgia Night guests, joined RAY BRIEM to announce that PPB President GIL STRATTON will be the Nostalgia Night guest March 25. That’s one not to miss, for GIL’s career spans Broadway, films, sportscasting and much, much more. He is often a guest on cruises recounting his experiences. That’s Nostalgia Night with GIL STRATTON, March 25 at the PPB Clubroom on the lower level of Washington Mutual, Sunset and Vine. Doors open at and close promptly at
Former PPB President TOM HATTEN is reprising his role
in Annie, April 2 through 18 at the La Mirada Performing Arts Theater. HATTEN
did the role on Broadway and then toured all over the West Coast with the
company for a year and a half, flying back to
PPB Board member
HERE AND THERE—Nancy and ED WILLIAMS cruised east in 2003, the
Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg and the Eastern Caribbean, after which ED
cruised home to a theatrical acting job under his new commercial agency.PPBer MARY
DORR busy with the Excellence in Media's 27th Silver and Gold Angel Awards.
MARY was interviewed recently on Fox Radio, WOR,
Overture, Professional Musicians Local #47 magazine, ran a story about DON BEAMSLEY being honored with the PPB Diamond Circle Award. They ran Vice President CHUCK CECIL's entire presentation. The article also included a picture of BEAMSLEY receiving the award from CECIL with Mrs. Jackie Beamsley and Van Ramsey standing by.
WINNIE TREIMER spent December travelling, which is not unusual for WINNIE.
This time it was a cruise from December 8 to 28 from
V.P. MARTY HALPERIN was recently contacted by NOMA
Films regarding a documentary they are doing on NORMAN CORWIN, with
emphasis on CORWIN's classic production of On a Note of Triumph—when
JUNE FORAY has been busy. That's news?.She recently recorded two on-line
Looney Tunes segments as "Granny" and recorded her "Witch
Hazel" voice for Duck Dodgers. On February 1, JUNE narrated
and voiced all characters in Peter and the Wolf for the seventh time
with the West Coast Symphony in
SUE CLARK CHADWICK missed the February Board meeting because she was attending a
luncheon celebrating the 100th birthday of Phil Davis.
The California Artists Radio Theatre, directed by PPBer PEGGY WEBBER, presented a Valentine's program at the Beverly Garland Theatre, February 14, called A Stroll with Poets II. Former president JOHN HARLAN announced, and stars included Samantha Eggar, William Windom, Linda Henning and more. PPB Secretaty BARBARA FULLER reports she did an entirely different character, for her, in the re-creation of Damon Runyon's Madame La Gimp at the SPERDVAC convention; BOBB LYNES and Barbara Watson were also in the cast. FULLER was pleased to get a video of the program. Our overworked Membership Chairman and Assistant Treasurer, MARGOT EWING, fell recently and fractured her right shoulder and broke her nose. We are hoping for a speedy recovery, as she does so many PPB jobs that are not acclaimed, but are necessary and time consuming.
Membership Chairman MARGOT EWING reports:
CARUTH C. BYRD
We will remember with admiration
MRS. RAY WALSTON
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