Who’s What and What’s Where

 

Sue Clark Chadwick - Editor

 

JAMES BACON—legendary Hollywood columnist, friend to all the stars—author of three books on Hollywood greats—all best-sellers—was the March luncheon Honoree. In BACON’s career as a journalist, he covered presidents from FDR on, as well as train wrecks, earthquakes, floods and high-profile court trials. An Associated Press columnist for 18 years, BACON had his own column in the Herald-Examiner, which was syndicated in 480 newspapers worldwide. President GIL STRATTON introduced the illustrious dais, and Entertainment Chair JEANNE DeVIVIER BROWN read missals from friends unable to  attend, including SID CAESAR, who fell shortly before the luncheon; Joannie and PETER GRAVES, who were on their way to Australia; Marty Allen, who was on the high seas but promised to plant a tree in BACON’s name when he reached Ireland, and Phyllis Diller. A clip reel (edited by PAT GLEASON) from the E Channel show “True Hollywood Stars” showed BACON at many outstanding events with many of his star friendsa truly fabulous collection. On hand to sing the praises of BACON and reveal his great contributions to Hollywood were: Academy Award winner ERNEST BORGNINE; “Mannix” star Mike Connors, who said the first person he wanted to meet when arriving in Hollywood was JIM BACON; BACON’s son, producer Roger Bacon; HAL KANTER, Hugh O’Brian (“Wyatt Earp”), EDIE ADAMS, PPB Board member GARY OWENS, actor-comedian DICK MARTIN and comedian Red Buttons.In accepting the PPB clock, BACON expressed his gratitude for the accolades from his friends and to PPB for the tribute which he said “was truly a great honor.” This was a day of wonderful stories and laughter.

 

PPB Founding President and Chairman of the Board ART GILMORE presented the Diamond Circle Award with these words: “In his teens he was working. I thought that there were child labor laws—but no, he was a junior announcer in Pasadena. Then he got a little olderwent into the Army and worked with two fellows you all know, JACK BROWN and MARTY HALPERIN at Armed Forces Radio Service as a sportscaster. Returning to civilian life, he enrolled at Occidental College where he worked as a newsman for two radio stationsmiles apartKREM in Spokane, and WIND in Chicago. Then he made a wise move into the creative and business end of radio: became VP and director of Darcy Advertising on the Budweiser account. Probably got a case or two a week. He then joined Foote, Cone and Belding, at that time the largest ad agency in the country, as president of entertainment, headquartered in Burbank. It was a long tenure there as executive producer of all the FCB client movies and specials including the famous “Hallmark Hall of Fame.” In 1996, he left to form Highland Communications Television Productions in San Marino. He has been aroundfounding president of the Hollywood Radio and TV Society, chairman of the Cable Committee for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, past president of PPB (hooray). Currently a lecturer at the USC Annenberg School of Communications, active in the Huntington Library, PR for the Huntington Hospitalit goes on and on, so, if you call him, talk fasthe’s a busy guy. But today we welcome him to be an official of the fraternity of the Diamond Circle. If you haven’t guessed yetit’s JACK McQUEEN.” In accepting the award, JACK thanked ART and PPB, and responded with an excellent and profound commentary on Today’s Radio and Television Industry.

 

Nostalgia Night co-Chairs LINA ROMAY and RAY BRIEM did it again March 25. The guest was new member PAUL PUMPIAN. PUMPIAN says that “a funny thing happened to memost of my journey through life has been propelled through laughter.” A writer in radio and television for forty-five years, he worked with Pat Buttram for many years, and with Milton Berle for ten years. He also did commercials with Mel Blanc. He worked on a two-hour Bob Hope show and the Bob Hope Bicentennial and did “Lucy Returns to NBC.” Born in Baltimore, he served in the Army in Texas and Kentucky and occupation duty in Germany. Returning to civilian life, he studied TV and motion picture writing and production at the University of North Carolina. Migrating to New York, he worked with Woody Allen, did PR work creating jokes for Broadway columnists and had three national magazine short stories published. Then on to Las Vegas as PR for the Flamingo Hotel. Hollywood followed with countless writing assignments for the great and near great. His many-faceted career includes a comedy album, industrial films, script doctor for Sugar Babies, writing for daily newspaper comic strips and even entering the horse world breeding and showing appaloosas. A truly entertaining guest with a truly “funny,” fantastic life. RAY and LINA announce that stage, screen and TV actor DICK VAN PATTEN will be the Nostalgia Night guest May 27. That’s May 27 at the PPB Clubroom on the lower level of Washington Mutual, Sunset and Vine. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and close promptly at 7:30 p.m. BE THERE.

 

Board member AARON RUBEN gave a great acceptance speech at the TV Land Awards at the Palladium in March, when he was given the Legend Award for "The Andy Griffith Show." The awards were unusually festive with dinner tables filled with elegantly-dressed greats.

 

New member ROSS EASTTY missed the January luncheon, as he and his wife, Letty, were vacationing in the Philippines. SHIRLEY MITCHELL LIVINGSTON off to New York in March for a round of shows and other activities. She was accompanied by Ginny Mancini.

 

CLIFF CORDER is out of retirement thanks to Board member EWING "Lucky" BROWN who cast him as Gilroy in his movie, Dismembered. CLIFF is now represented commercially by Paula Soreson of Coast-to-Coast and theatrically by Helen Barkan at Aimée. PPBer MARC GRAUE's recording studio got a nice mention on the front page of Variety in February. ED HAMMOND, archivist for Ralph Edwards Productions, spent two weeks on Vancouver Island in March visiting with wife, Soula's, family. It was a belated honeymoon.

 

Musical man JOE HARNELL got mentions in the L.A. Times recently as the late Peggy Lee's conductor, once as José HARNELL, then a correction to JOE.

 

PPBer mystery writer ROBERT LEVINSON has a busy schedule.His latest book, Ask a Dead Man, came out in December, and in April he performed his second stint as writer-producer of the annual "Edgar" Awards gala at the Grand Hyatt in New York. MARY DORR had a busy and successful February ramrodding the Excellence in Media 27th annual International Angel Awards. The program gave out fourteen Gold Angels and ninety-one Silver Angels.

 

ELAYNE BLYTHE, founder/president of the Film Advisory Board, celebrated her 85th birthday at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Hard Rock Café in January. The Chamber newsletter carried a story and pictured ELAYNE with Chamber board member Oscar Arslanian and President Leron Gubler. And speaking of birthdays, that world traveler, WINNIE TREIMER, celebrated her 88th birthday, April 22nd.

 

The CBS Alumni spring newsletter was peppered with news items about their members, who are also PPBers, including ART GILMORE, GIL STRATTON, PIERCE GRANT, who was busy taking pictures including one of KAY IRWIN; GEORGE SUNGA, CBS alumni president; BEN WOLF, MARCIA RIES, CHARLES "Cappy" CAPPLEMAN, BARNEY PHANEUF, WINNIE TREIMER and RAY ANGONA, who is off the sick list. Hope we didn't miss anyone.

 

In cleaning out files, SUE CHADWICK found an original "Smile Time" radio script from February 28, 1947. "Smile Time" starred Steve Allen, JUNE FORAY and Wendell Noble and aired fifteen minutes, five times a week from KHJ over the Don Lee Mutual network at 11:15 a.m. This was one of Steve's first shows. SUE sent the script to MARTY HALPERIN for the archives. Former Board member JAMES KISSMAN made the trip from his home in Eugene, Oregon to attend the JAMES BACON luncheon.Former Board member DALE OLSON was very informative on "Larry King Live" talking about Rock Hudson.

Three-time Academy Award-winning songwriter RAY EVANS went back to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia in April, to be part of a symposium for the performing arts division of the university (1300 in program) to talk about his career in songwriting, and to answer questions from students, along with other panelists who discussed their careers and fields of creation. On RAY's birthday, February 2, radio station KSUR (fm)devoted eight hours of programming of the Livingston & Evans catalog, with disc jockeys Nick Gerard and John Regan playing a song from their output every hour plus biographical words about EVANS along with the songs. RAY says is was a very delightful and flattering birthday tribute.

 

WINNIE TREIMER has returned from what she calls an Indian Ocean Odyssey.She cruised from Singapore to Cape Town, March 5 to April 8 and concluded the cruise from Durban to Mighty Victoria Falls. WINNIE said she had to scramble to get visas, malaria medicines and supplies for a month.

 

NICHOLAS ROYCE much in the news lately with glowing reports in The Professional Dancers Society magazine telling of his career and his overcoming the aftermath of two strokes.He says he can still dance, "but with no left turns." The Tolucan Times had a story on ROYCE receiving the Southern California Motion Picture Council's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the entertainment industry and performing arts. Patty Andrews presented her longtime friend with the prestigious award. The Andrews Sisters and ROYCE were on the same bill at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore in July 1944 (almost 60 years ago). Renowned child star Margaret O'Brien, a longtime friend of ROYCE, presented SMPC's Golden Halo Award of special merit which he accepted for Greek Orthodox Telecommunications.

 

Membership Chair MARGOT EWING reports no new members this period.

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