News Geezers


Photos by Ross Kestin & Bob Tarlau

​(Entire album can be view at this link:

    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

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51 Attended Our August Lunch; Next One is Nov 10

The most recent program will looked back at 1968... and the memories of members

who covered that momentous year!   Video and photos are on the way!


Sat May 12, 2018 Lunch

Part 1 

At 0:00 = Credits & Intro
At 2:20 = Remembering 

Michael Conley

At 17:20 = Ivor Davis and

Ray Richmond

(Hollywood Panel)

Part 1 - 38:40

Part 2

At :00 = Questions to

Ivor and Ray

 At 7:20 = Dan Blackburn


"Of Presidents & Predators"
Part 2 - Runs 25:10


Part 3

At :00 = Pepperdine Student

Video on News Geezers


At 7:50 = Pepperdine Students

Marissa Drago 

and Gabby Gontha

Part 3 - Runs 25:00




August 14, 2018

About the News Geezers!

       We had 51 folks turn out for a sometimes emotional return to the year 1968... 50 years on.

        Boris Yaro - who took the signature shot of the RFK assassination for the Los Angeles Times - spoke about that night... and his memories of seeing his historic photos for the first time.

        Photos from that lunch will show up on this site within the next couple of days... and video of the event will roll out before the end of August.

        Our final 2018 get together will be on Sat Nov 10... and will again be at Victorios at 10901 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood.   (Click on the address for the link).
       I'll start taking RSVPs the first week of October.

      The topic will be journalism students... hopefully from Pepperdine, CSUN and CSULA who will ask career questions of our room full of pros.
       We did a brief version of this in May... and it was a big success so we are expanding it to a full program.

      Our first lunch of 2019 will be on Sat Feb 2.  Steve Skootsky and I will produce a 50th anniversary salute to Eyewitness News.

     So you Channel 7 folks, please mark your calendar.

       We had 58 attend our Sat May 12 lunch.    You will find links to the three-part video - and the stills - on this page.

      Our May program began with a tribute to a News Geezers founding member - MICHAEL CONLEY - who passed away in April.
      Then we featured a lively and informal panel on Hollywood news  coverage - past and present... featuring members RAY RICHMOND and IVOR DAVIS.
       Ray's latest passion - by the way - is memoir writing for others... and you'll find info on that at:
      Following the panel, DAN BLACKBURN introduced his new book "Of Presidents and Predators" - which is now on sale on Amazon at this link:
       Thanks again for your continuing support.

        See you on November 10.

Cheers,  Bob Tarlau