PPB members Kat Kramer, Board member (left) and Steve Resnick (right), along with PPB Second VP "Shotgun Tom" Kelly, chatted with Rich Little dais member Ruta Lee in the PPB Green Room. Ruta has appeared in more than 2,000 TV shows during her illustrious career, among them "Hollywood Squares" with Peter Marshall. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)

PPB President Alan Perris announced at the April 20 luncheon honoring Rich Little that TV favorite Loni Anderson will be honored at the June 1 celebrity luncheon. In the Green Room, PPB member Randy West chats with Loni, who was a member of the dais for Rich Little. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)

Eagerly awaiting the PPB celebrity luncheon for Rich Little were, left to right, Sandy Martindale, Al Salci, Roberta Kent, Angelia Salci and Wink Martindale. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)

It was a reunion for "Jeopardy" host and PPB membeer Alex Trebeck as he met with old friends Rich Little and Ruta Lee. Ruta co-hosted with Alex when he was the host of the "High Rollers" game show on NBC back in 1974. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)

It was nearly a full house at Sportsmen's Lodge for the PPB celebrity luncheon honoring Rich Little. At table 9 were, seated left to right: Jackie Rosenberg, Andrea Harris, Deborah Zandel, Madisyn Zandel and Gloria Sheftel. Standing, left to right, were Steven West, Kat Kramer, Frank Sheftel, Susan Olson and Judy Tenuta. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)

The near-capacity crowd at the Rich Little luncheon enjoyed plenty of laughs and chuckles as dais members Ruta Lee, Tom Dreesen, Loni Anderson, Peter Marshall and Harry Basil related their personal experiences with the honoree. They were especially delighted when Rich did several of his celebrity voices during his acceptance remarks. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)

There was surprise entertainment from dais member Harry Basil, Rich Little's "boss" at The Laugh Factory in the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Harry did several impersonations of his own and, as "Forrest Gump," ran through the ballroom to the delight of attendees. Little has been a regular at The Laugh Factory for the past two years. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)

PPB's Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award was presented to Rich Little by PPB President Alan Perris, after which Rich entertained attendees with a number of his famous impersonations while aknowledging his dais members and thanking PPB. A Canadian by birth, Rich said his first U.S. TV appearance was on "The Judy Garland Show" after he had been recommended to her by singer Mel Torme. He also told of the difficulty in doing current celebrity voices because so few of them are as distinctive as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, etc. He said not to ask him to do a Brad Pitt impersonation. (Roxanne Schorbach's Photo)


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