Two radio legends renewed old acquaintenance at the February 1 PPB celebrity luncheon for Art Laboe. Rick Dees was delighted to see his 93-year-old friend, and was a dais member for the salute to Art following lunch. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Another member of the Art Laboe luncheon program was long-time PPB member and radio-TV host Wink Martindale and his wife, Sandy. The event drew scores of Laboe friends and fans both inside and outside of the venue. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

PPB is fortunate to have distinguished pioneer broadcasters willing to serve on the Board of Directors. Mary Beth Garner is one of them. The past president of the Southern California Broadcasters has been a devoted friend of Art Laboe since they worked together at KRLA. She was also a member of the dais at Art's celebrity luncheon. (Roxanne Schorback photo)

Because of the recent fire at Sportsmen's Lodge, the February 1 celebrity luncheon for Art Laboe was held at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. Some 300 people were on hand to pay their respects to Art and to hear stories about him from some of his famous friends. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

A nice surprise for luncheon guests was a performance by an acapella singing group, Unstrumental, from Calabasas High School. Rick Dees congratulated the group and their faculty director after they sang four numbers for an appreciative audience before lunch was served. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Another surprise was an appearance by former Los Angeles City Council member Tom Labonge, who acknowledged Art Laboe's long and successful radio presence in LA. As PPB Presidet "Shotgun Tom" Kelly looks on, Mr. Labonge presented Art with a street sign that was supposed to read "92" in honor of Art's previous age, but it came out "62" instead. Everyone had a good laugh. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Famed comedian Paul Rodriguez is another of Art's close friends. Paul described Art as "the most beloved non-Mexican" and as the man who coined the phrase "oldies but goodies." There was also a video salute to Art from character actor Danny Trejo, who was scheduled to be on the dais, but was called out of town for an acting gig. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

The whole gang congratulated Art on his long and memorable radio career. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981; "Shotgun Tom" was able to obtain and present to Art the updated current star plaque given to honorees. After the luncheon, autograoph seekers had to be shooed away from his limo so he could get in for the long ride back to his home in the Palm Springs area. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)


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