Who’s What and What’s Where December 2003
PPB News edited by Sue Clark Chadwick
The November luncheon started the holiday season off with a bang when the Honoree was the multi-talented TOM BOSLEY, whose long career includes a Tony Award for his performance in the long-running Broadway musical Fiorello. Film clips from his long career on Broadway, in films and on television (edited by PPBer PAT GLEASON) were shown during the lunch period. PPB President GIL STRATTON introduced the dais, and Entertainment Chair JEANNE DeVIVIER BROWN read congratulatory notes from William Windom, Dr. Hazlet on “Murder She Wrote”; GARRY MARSHALL, producer of “Happy Days”; Ron Howard and Henry Winkler from “Happy Days” and Mariette Hartley, who were unable to attend because of conflicting commitments. STRATTON introduced BOSLEY’s wife, Patricia, who talked about their life together. Singing his praises as an actor and friend were co-workers MARION ROSS, Anson Williams, Danny Most and Erin Moran from “Happy Days”; Tracy Nelson from “The Father Dowling Mysteries”; Barbara Eden (“I Dream of Jeannie”), neighbor and friend; Ernest Borgnine, who appeared several times with TOM in “Touched by an Angel”; David Nelson and our own HAL KANTER. It was truly a great and well-deserved tribute. What a career!!!
Founding President and Chairman of the Board ART GILMORE presented the Diamond Circle Award. In order to not miss a word that was said, we are presenting GILMORE’s words in their entirety:
“This assignment, that causes me to be
up here five times a year, is always a challenge. In the first place, I try to
make you guess who will be the Honoree for the
“Then on to
“ was a good year to move to
“She finally wised up, and 30 years ago started her own company called Star Trackers. She books ’em all—from Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Phyllis Diller and many, many more. She has the fattest Rolodex in town!
“In her spare time she reads each week, for over 30 years, for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, so students with handicaps can keep up with their studies.
“Now, if you don’t know whom we are talking about, you just aren’t awake. It’s the lady who sees to it five times a year that we have an honored guest up here and a full dais, to boot. She is our Program Chairman, the lady who typifies the heart and soul of PPB, former President JEANNE DeVIVIER BROWN.”
The deadline for the Newsletter
sometimes doesn’t work out too well, as is the case with this one. Nostalgia
Night, December 4, was after the deadline of November 18, but I am sure it was
terrific because the guest was ART GILMORE, who has covered all fields
of the entertainment business—it can’t be
easy to cover 69 years in radio and television. ART started in radio at
the age of 12 in
Twenty-seven television and film executives have collaborated to share personal show biz stories in Fridays with Art: Insiders’ Accounts of the Early Days of TV and Some of the Guys Who Made It Work. The new book is the brainchild of PPBer DICK COLBERT, Prez of Colbert TV Sales, and the Editor is Dick Woollen, retired VP of Programming at Metromedia. Each of the twenty-seven icon-authors has contributed a chapter. They are members of a Friday luncheon klatsch organized by TV distributor Art Greenfield in 1973. DALTON DANON, another PPBer, is also a contributor. The book is published by Parrott Communications of Burbank and is available in Barnes and Noble bookstores as well as Amazon.com and eBay. Fridays with Art is priced at $27.95. DICK COLBERT says if you need more information, feel free to call him at (310) 203-8705.
Board member BEA WAIN spent Thanksgiving with her daughter in
MORE TRAVELS—FRANCES ROBERTS took her
family for a super-heated visit to
member JOHN GRIFFIN and Chriss Sedwick were married September 13 and delayed their
honeymoon until the holidays going to
PPB member SHARON DOUGLAS writes that she has been unable to attend
meetings lately because of family matters, but hopes for changes in the near
CHER MacQUEEN attended the 60th AFN reunion in
Former Board member BERNARD WEITZMAN
did his fourth lecture cruise on the Celebrity Summit in October. It
was a 12-day cruise in the western
BOBB LYNES reports that there was great attendance at the SPERDVAC convention in November. In the last Newsletter, some performing PPB members were left out because they were not set at the time. Apologies to BARBARA FULLER, TOMMY COOK, FRANK BRESEE, EDDIE KING and DON McCROSKY who were very much a part of the entertainment. Also, PPB President GIL STRATTON received this year’s Byron Kane Award.
Great story (seven pages, to be exact) in the Lifestyle section of The Fresno Bee about our Golf Chairman and motivational speaker, JIMMY WELDON, titled “He Owes it All to the Duck,” referring to JIMMY’s famous sidekick, Webster Webfoot. The story told of JIMMY’s great life and career.
PPBer ORMLY GUMFUDGIN celebrated his 81st birthday in November and also came out with his first CD. It features ORMLY and his bazooka. ORMLY seems to be the world’s only living bazooka player. As far as he knows, he owns the only bazooka in the world. If you would like your own copy of the CD, send $15.00, which includes S&H, to ORMLY at 2606 Upper Terrace, La Crescenta, CA 91214-2132. Members JUNE FORAY, RAY ERLENBORN and GARY OWENS once knew ORMLY as Stan Locke when he was a writer on “The Hank McCune Show,” 45 years ago—before he created his present moniker.
This has been a big year for former PPB
Board member, sportscaster MIKE WALDEN. Earlier this year he was inducted
into the Southern California Sportscasters Hall of Fame, before 300, at
Lakeside Country Club. WALDEN is the only person to be the voice of the
USC Trojans and, later, the voice of the UCLA Bruins, on both radio and TV.
This, after years in the Midwest doing play-by-play for the Universities of
Illinois and Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Braves and seven
Rose Bowl games for NBC radio. In October he made personal appearances in
ESTHER GEDDES McVEY, a long-time member of PPB, says that she has heard a
rumor that she was moving to
CHUCK CECIL, PPB Vice President, emceed the Orange County
Musicians Festival in
Membership Chairman MARGOT EWING reports:
JACK T. OGBORN
We will remember with admiration
MR. KAY KUTER
MRS. JACK SMITH (Vickii)
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