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THE PACIFIC PIONEER BROADCASTER’S NEWSLETTER
EDITED BY SUE CLARK CHADWICK
Three-time Emmy Award winner JACK KLUGMAN was the Honoree for the first PPP luncheon of the season. KLUGMAN has been starring on Broadway, in films and on television for over sixty years. The Los Angeles Times gave a glowing revue of his recent solo appearance at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. Probably best remembered for his TV series “Quincy, M.E.” and “The Odd Couple,” with Tony Randall, KLUGMAN has worked on stage and in films with such luminaries as John Garfield, Judy Garland, Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ethel Merman and others. PPB President GIL STRATTON introduced members of the dais. On hand to recount their personal and professional association with KLUGMAN: Garry Walberg and Robert Ito (“Quincy, M.E.”), actor Charles Durning, Joseph Roman (“The Odd Couple”), Dom DeLuise, In-house Humorist HAL KANTER, comedy writer John Rappaport, actor Dick Van Patten and Dan Lauria (“Wonder Years”). The program was filled with much fun poking and many accolades. Before showing clips from some of KLUGMAN’s work, Entertainment Chair JEANNE DeVIVIER BROWN read letters from friends unable to attend—Tony Randall, who lives in New York; Garry Marshall, who is having hip problems and Joe Mantegna, who was working on “Joan of Arcadia.” KLUGMAN’s acceptance speech was filled with gratitude for PPB and loving words for all of the participants. A notable tribute to a fine actor.
For the Diamond Circle Award, Chairman
of the Board ART GILMORE turned the presentation over to Vice President CHUCK
CECIL, a close personal friend of the awardee, DON
BEAMSLEY. BEAMSLEY and his wife are both in wheelchairs, so ART
explained that the presentation would be made from their table. CECIL
says it is a pleasure to present this award to a man who has contributed so
much to the music business for so many years. A native of
Then, while attending high school in the daytime, BEAMSLEY played piano at night with Horace Heidt at the Trianon Ballroom. He also recorded for Columbia Records. His first radio network show was “Fitch Bandwagon” with Dick Powell, June Allyson, Andy Devine and the Horace Heidt Orchestra. In 1945 he became rehearsal pianist at Warner Bros. for top singers and dancers.
DON joined Leighton Noble and his band in 1947 and spent
the summer on
Next, to KABC for the
Joe Graydon musical/variety show. He formed a musical group, “We Three,” which had a
radio show. The announcer was LEN BEARDSLEY. Next the
Horseshow Revue at
For the past 18 years he has been
starring at all of the classic and jazz festivals and big band concerts. To sum
it all up, he is the musician’s musician DON BEAMSLEY—Welcome to the
The season’s opening Nostalgia Night,
October 2, was one not to be missed. Hope you didn’t. The guest was Bill Harris
who has been called “
Congratulations and best wishes to Past President JACK ROURKE and Martha Moody who were married in a simple ceremony August 25, 2003 with JEANNE DeVIVIER BROWN and Art Jacobs attending (JEANNE’s husband, LUCKY, was ill and unable to be present).
BARNEY PHANEUF and wife, Jeannette, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in September. RANDY WEST is thrilled to share his excitement over recently working with an idol of his, Bob Barker. RANDY has served as a fill-in announcer on about 20 episodes of Bob’s record-breaking hit, “The Price is Right.” RANDY says the career achievement was additionally sweet as Bob’s original announcer, Johnny Olson, was his mentor who guided his entrance into the business. PPBer ROBERT S. LEVINSON, President of the Mystery Writers of America Southern California Chapter, will produce the Mystery Writers of America’s annual Edgar Awards in 2004. LEVINSON, a prolific writer and producer, produced the 2003 awards in May 2003 and has been asked to return.
Board member EDDIE CARROLL has had a busy work schedule as creative consultant and co-star in a TV pilot for a new series, "Garlic Roast," hosted by NORM CROSBY. He also recorded a slew of projects for Disney as the voice of "Jiminy Cricket." Also, EDDIE and his wife, Carolyn, who is production director of his theatrical presentation, Jack Benny—Laughter in Bloom, are preparing for a busy schedule for that show with bookings already set from September through May of 2004.
Missed seeing Board member BOB FINKEL at recent luncheons? Well, he has a good reason for his absence. For several months he as been suffering from a ruptured spine. After being confined to bed and a wheelchair, he has now graduated to a walker and is driving a bit. Happy to hear he is on the road to recovery. Longtime PPBer SONNY VOSBERG recovering from recent health problems, but still in a wheelchair and unable to attend meetings. Get well soon.
Man HERM SAUNDERS and his son Gary and wife, Louise, just returned from
a superb eight-day cruise to
Many PPBers will be participating in SPERDVAC’s 15th annual Old Time Radio Convention at the Hacienda Hotel near LAX, November 7, 8 and 9. BOBB LYNES is chairman of the event and has lined up entertaining acts featuring some of the top performers from the golden years of radio. Board member EDDIE CARROLL will present his “Jack Benny Remembered” act. A re-creation of the 1946 Academy Award theatre production of “The Maltese Falcon,” produced and directed by Gregg Oppenheimer, son of MRS. JESS OPPENHEIMER, starring SHIRLEY MITCHELL, GILL STRATTON, LOUIS NYE and Tony Pope, will take place during the dinner session, Saturday night, November 8. Board member GARY OWENS will handle the announcing chores and sound effects will be provided by CBS veteran sound effects man BOB MOTT. There will be a suspense drama directed by Herb Ellis and starring Alan Young. For more information and reservations, call SPERDVAC toll-free at (877) 251-5771.
“Black Beauty,” by Anna Sewell and starring Alan Young will be presented at the Beverly Garland Theatre, Saturday, November 30. This is really a program for the whole family during the Thanksgiving holidays. Tickets are $15 and $10. For reservations, call (213) 683-3422. PEGGY WEBBER, director of C.A.R.T., has had a busy fall season with the presentation of Shelley Berman as S.J. Perelman in September and three Ray Bradbury plays in October.
MRS. RICHARD PAUL just produced a staged concert reading of the 1998
musical “Parade” for the Musical Theatre Guild at the
JOHN HARLAN and wife Beverly attended the Bakersfield Business Conference in October. Speakers at this inspirational meeting included Neil Armstrong, Cal Ripken, Phil Gramm, Karen Hughes, Andrea Mitchell, Deborah Norville, Tom Wolfe, Jesse Ventura, J.C. Watts and Fred Thompson and others.
MRS. DAWS BUTLER writes that her late husband, DAWS, one of
Last-minute gleanings: Board member JIM POLLOCK and wife, Carrie,
visited their son in
Membership Chairman MARGOT EWING reports:
We will remember with admiration
JEAN BALL DORAN
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