Thanks to all those who attended our latest News Geezers lunch.
You will find the links to the video (in three parts) just to the right of this column.
Watching it you will see that the Sat Aug 3 gathering brought together a remarkable group of journalists to mark 50 years since the Charles Manson gang's killing spree and subsequent convictions.
Photos are posted to the left.
Al Wiman, Ivor Davis, Bill Robles, Linda Deutsch and Sandi Gibbons headlined the lunch... at Victorios in North Hollywood.
Please read their bios below.
In addition--Wendy Horowitz, photo archivist at the Los Angeles Public Library, presented some remarkable Manson story images from the vast Herald-Examiner Collection... now in possession of the library. Wendy will return for our next lunch -- Sat Oct 26 -- with a more comprehensive at the Herald-Examiner collection of next photos--dating back from when the paper closed in 1989.
We will also be marking the passing of correspondent Jack Perkins of NBC News and Victor Anatasia, Senior, a standout photographer who worked first at Channel 4, and then for most of his career at 2.
Note Sat Oct 26 is a new date. The lunch had originally been scheduled for the following Saturday.
The location will--once again--be Victorios Restaurant, 10901 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood 91606. Chef Robert’s delicious Italian buffet lunch is $20 (including dessert and tip) or you can order off the menu. Payment is at the venue by cash or card.
On the Video page of this website, you will find links to the video of our May lunch with its 25-year look back at the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ron Goldman murders and the subsequent arrest and trials of O.J. Simpson.
Thanks for your interest and support.
See you on Sat Oct 26.
Next Lunch is Sat Oct 26: The best of the Herald-Examiner photo collection
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Here are short bios (written by Linda Deutsch and Bob Tarlau) of the super panel at our Sat Aug 3 News Geezers lunch... (in alphabetical order, by first name).
Al worked at both KCBS Channel 2 and KABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News here in Los Angeles. He was a renowned investigative reporter. While at 7, he--along with his photographer and sound operator--used clever thinking and remarkable deduction to find the discarded, bloodied clothes worn by members of the Manson Family during the horrific murders at Roman Polanski’s home in Beverly Hills. We will show a David Ono-clip with Al at the key locations... both then and now. His finding is documented in Vincent Bugliosi’s book “Helter Skelter”.
Al received three Golden Mikes from the Southern California Radio-TV News Association. He went on—from Los Angeles—to become a multi-award winning investigative reporter for KMOX-TV (now KMOV-TV) in St. Louis specializing in medicine and science. AL continues to live in St. Louis—and flew to L.A. specifically to appear at the News Geezers event.
He is one of the most talented and accomplished trial artists in the nation and probably the world. Bill’s drawings from the Manson trial are an astounding record of a trial which was not televised and had limited photo accessibility. His historic drawing of Manson leaping at the judge was the cover picture on a book, “Illustrated Courtroom,” on which he collaborated with some other court artists.
The Manson trial launched his career and he went on to cover dozens of history making trials. He frequently gives lectures illustrated with his art work. His ability to capture movement and the expressions of trial participants in sketches that often must be completed in minutes is unparalleled. His portraits of defendants including John Z. DeLorean, Patty Hearst, O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson are breathtaking works of art.
As Linda notes: “Bill Robles is a really unique and a big ‘get’ for the News Geezers lunch.”
Bill will have his book on sale--covering 50 years of legal history through his world-famous court art.
Author, journalist—and frequent News Geezers luncheon speaker—Ivor writes of himself: “Few have been so deeply embedded in the life of Charles Manson, while maintaining distance from the mesmerizing pull that drew his followers to him and compelled them to do his bidding.”
His new book—published in July—is titled “Manson Exposed: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder.” In it, he shares his personal odyssey over half a century, piecing together the complex and Byzantine story. The book is now for sale on Amazon at this link.
Ivor is an eyewitness to the case. He was there. He had a front row seat during the year-long trial and sheds new light on this ever changing story by sharing how he stayed one step ahead of investigators, pinpointing why and how this killer band did what it did, as well as clearly identifying all the players in this warped American tragedy.
Linda writes of Ivor: “As a British reporter based in Los Angeles for the London Daily Express, Ivor was one of the first foreign correspondents to jump on the story, realizing its worldwide significance. He quickly produced a paperback book on the case, “Five to Die,” which became a go-to publication for those seeking information on the killings. He and his late wife, Sally, covered the trial and, along with the late Bruce Russell of Reuters, became part of the close group of reporters who became BFFs.”
Early praise for Ivor’s new book has come from Manson trial prosecutor Stephen Kay... who call it: “The most detailed behind the scenes account of the Manson trial that I have ever read. Fascinating.”
At a previous Geezers panel—he talked about one of his previous books “The Beatles and Me On Tour.”
Her long career as a trial reporter with The Associated Press was launched by the Manson case. She was on the story from day one of the killings and stayed with it through trials, parole hearings and the deaths of Manson and other cast members of this real life drama.
Linda spent 48 years with the AP covering dozens of high profile trials. She is now retired but you would hardly know it. She is called upon by many TV outlets to talk about trials past including Manson.
She has been visiting Leslie Van Houten in prison and wrote an LA Times Op-Ed arguing it is time for Leslie to be paroled. She has recently been interviewed for an AP documentary on the case.
During the Manson trial, she was still Sandi Mettetal of City News Service, a young reporter who already was adept at covering court cases. She had been the City News reporter on the trial of Sirhan in the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Sandi also has the distinction of having been standing behind Kennedy as he made his last speech that night. She can be seen in many of the historic pictures. She was one of the first to phone in word of the assassination.
In the Manson trial, she was on constant deadline with most local news outlets subscribing to CNS. She also became part of a cadre of reporters including Linda, Mary, the late Theo Wilson and Bill Farr who became lifelong friends.
She went on to become City Editor of CNS and then held the same position at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is best remembered by many as the highly visible spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for many years.
September 1, 2019
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PHOTOS FROM OUR AUGUST 2019 LUNCH
Photos by Marisa Dragos, Andrew Lucero, Vince Mack, Bob Tarlau
Sat Aug 3, 2019 Lunch
Runs: 31 minutes
At 3:30 - WENDY HOROWITZ
Los Angeles Public Library
with Mason images from
the L.A. Herald-Examiner.
At 22:00 - AL WIMAN
KABC-TV Video Report
on how he and his crew
found the bloody clothes.
Runs: 47 minutes
At Top - IVOR DAVIS
At 5:00 - BILL ROBLES
with 14 examples
of his Mason court art
At 15:00 - LINDA DEUTSCH
(with video report on
Leslie Van Houten)
At 24:45 - SANDI GIBBONS
--THEN GENERAL DISCUSSION--
Runs: 34 minutes
--QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS--