Photos by Bob Tarlau, Ross Kestin & Gary Sunkin

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MICHAEL CONLEY - 1945-2018


April 20, 2018

By BOB TARLAU |It is with profound sadness that I inform you that MICHAEL CONLEY, a long time personal friend... and a co-founder of the News Geezers, passed away on April 12th at UCLA Medical Center.   He was 73.

    In case you just wandered onto this web page, we are the News Geezers - an informal, friendly group of veteran Southern California TV, radio, print, web and PR journalists. We hold lunches quarterly.  Our mailing list is more than 400 strong.

      Learn about the background of our group by clicking on the "About" tab above (or at the top of any page).  The names of all those on the mailing list can be found at the "RSVP/Roster" tab of this site.

         Credit for the name "News Geezers" goes to the late, great Bob Long.
        If you have questions or would like to be on the mailing list - and perhaps attend one of our lunches - please contact Bob Tarlau through the form you will find by clicking on the "Contact" tab.  Thanks and cheers!   Bob

      All you who have ever attended a News Geezers lunch knew Michael... as he ran the registration desk for every one of them.   He always came to my home a couple of days ahead of each lunch to get the name tags updated and organized.  
     Please see the photos of Michael taken at various Geezer gatherings at this link:   


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    Michael suffered from complications related to the kidney transplant he had in December.
    I met Michael in 1964 at the old KMPC Radio - where I was an intern.  We both moved onto KTLA Channel 5... where we met Joel Tator (a Geezers co-founder).  Michael eventually became a director there.  He also worked at KTTV Channel 11.  He moved on from news into a very successful career in television and audio post production.  To say the least, Michael was a multi-talented professional.

      We will honor his memory at our Sat May 12 News Geezers lunch.
     A niche-side service will be held at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills.  There will also be a reception at a restaurant.  I will pass along the date and times when those are finalized.

     You will find Michael has been added to our In Memoriam Page.

     RIP Michael.  I miss you terribly.

News Geezers

RSVP's Being Taken for Our Sat May 12 Lunch

The Program:  A Panel on Covering Hollywood - with Ray Richmond, George Lewis & Ivor Davis

Plus Dan Blackburn's New Book:  "Of Presidents and Predators"


      Our next lunch is Sat May 12 - at noon - and is again at Victorios (10901 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood.  ​Here's the Google Map link.)

      RSVPs are open.  Please e-mail yours to
      Our program will begin with a tribute to Michael Conley - see the column to the left.

      Then we'll feature a panel on Hollywood news  coverage - past and present - with some great anecdotes from three of our members:
+ GEORGE LEWIS (retired correspondent, NBC News Los Angeles)
+ RAY RICHMOND (television critic, columnist and reporter for a number of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, the Los Angeles Daily News, The Orange County Register, the late Los Angeles Herald Examiner and (online) Deadline Hollywood.))
+ And IVOR DAVIS (writer for AmerIcan and British publications, author of a book about his adventures travelling with The Beatles in the U.S.)

     Following the panel, DAN BLACKBURN will introduce his new book "Of Presidents and Predators" - which covers his years as a network correspondent and his interactions with Presidents... starting with Harry S Truman.

Dan's book will be for sale... first... at the lunch.
     RSVP's for the lunch are now welcome.  Please e-mail them to me at

       The buffet lunch is $20... cash or credit card when you arrive.  

​​       As for the rest of 2018, our lunches after May 12 will be on Sat Aug 11 and Sat Nov 10.

       The most recent News Geezers lunch - held Sat Feb 3 in North Hollywood - attracted 72 of our members.

     A sampling of the photos taken by Ross Kestin, Gary Sunkin and myself are to the left.  You will find the album with the complete collection online at:

       The video of that lunch is in two parts.  You will find the links in the column to the right.  Thanks to Vince Mark, David Tarlau, Andrew Lucero and Alex Bonelli for the videography.         Enjoy!

​     Cheers,  Bob Tarlau

Sat Feb 3 2018 Lunch
Part 1 
Dick Smith 
Jim White

Jim Brown

Ray Cullin
Runs 29:09
Part 2
Ken Davis,

"In Bed with Broadcasting"
Tom Colbert,

Update on D.B. Cooper
Runs 35:45


Videos and Photos from several previous lunches can be viewed

through the links you will find on the

Videos and Photos pages 

of this website!