Ed Williams With His Diamond Circle Award
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Past President Chuck Street presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to Ed Williams at the May 19, 2017 luncheon honoring Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Below are Mr. Street's remarks introducing Mr. Williams.
Today's Diamond Circle inductee is another person in our midst who has an amazing story. He has enjoyed a very long career in broadcasting and in other related fields.
His journey began in the San Francisco Bay area. More specifically San Jose. Our honoree says that San Jose was the "prune capital" of the U.S. during his boyhood. For as long as he can remember he always wanted to be an actor. But his life was full of diversions. Like World War II.
After returning home from the U.S. Navy at the conclusion of the war he enrolled at San Jose State College with help from the G.I. Bill. In less than 4 years he earned an undergraduate degree in Speech and Drama. Then he enrolled at Stanford University and earned a Masters Degree in Speech and Drama. By this time he was married to his wife Nancy who had become a Registered Nurse.
In 1955 he and wife Nancy moved South to Los Angeles. Within a few weeks he was hired by the Don Martin School of Radio Arts & Sciences in Hollywood.
He would remain there as a teacher for 8 years. Some of his students included Bob Eubanks and The Real Don Steele, who later became a sensation on Boss Radio 93 KHJ.
Eventually our honoree was offered a position as a professor at Los Angeles City College. He taught at LACC for 28 years - 20 years teaching broadcasting and 8 years teaching speech.
As a speech teacher his schedule was a little more forgiving so he hooked up with a very capable agent and began pursuing his life-long dream of becoming an actor. He did many TV commercials and eventually got parts in movies and on television. He even acted in a promo commercial for Lady Ga Ga!
He performed often as a minister or preacher. Some of his movie credits include "Father of the Bride," "The Naked Gun" with Leslie Nielson, and on television with Hugh Laurie on the Fox series "House." And our honoree acted in the short-lived TV series "Police Squad."
Our honoree has had an amazing career and his wife Nancy has been at his side the whole time. They have been married for 63 years.
Ladies & Gentlemen, please welcome the newest member of the PPB Diamond Circle...Mr. Ed Williams.
Ed Williams Accepting His Diamond Circle Award From Chuck Street