Sat Feb 2 2019 Lunch

Click to Link to Part 1

Runs: 43:11

At 3:20 - Tribute to the late

Harvey Siders of KABC-TV

​At 6:45 - Al Primo

Creator of the Eyewitness News format




Click to Link to Part 2

Runs:  41:50


​At 10:20 - TAWNY LITTLE



​At 22:15 - PETE NOYES


At 32:45 - Dr. ART ULENE


Clink to Link to Part 3

Runs 26:00

At top - Mention ED ARNOLD


introducing DAVE & MARY BUSSE

​At 8:25 - RICK DE REYES


At 22:00 - SKOOTSKY's

Closing Video ​




RSVPs Closing This Saturday for the May 4 Lunch!

We will mark the 25th anniversary of the OJ Simpson case


April 24, 2019 

News Geezers


Photos by Ross Kestin, Susan Weininger, Gary Sunkin, 

Vince Mack, Andrew Lucero & Bob Tarlau 

For the complete album of Susan's Photos:  Click here! 

For Ross' complete album:  Click here!

For the album with all the other shots:  Click here!

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 about 500 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

About the

News Geezers!

   Our next News Geezers lunch will be held on Sat May 4 – starting at noon – at Victorios Restaurant in North Hollywood. 
   RSVPs are open now – with a deadline of this coming Saturday - April 27.

    just send an e-mail to and let me know you plan to attend.  You will find the list of RSVPs (along with the entire roster) at the Roster & RSVPs tab on this website.

   We currently have 61 RSVPs.
   Our focus at the May 4th lunch will a 25 year look back at the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ron Goldman murders and the subsequent arrest and trials of OJ Simpson.
    Speakers will include:

* TOM LANGE, LAPD Retired - Tom and the late Phil Vanatter were the lead detectives on the Simpson case... with their involvement starting the night of the murders.  He's written a book on it:   "Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson,"
* VINCE MACK – our principal News Geezers lunch photographer – who was the camera operator aboard Fox 11’s Skyfox chopper during the infamous slow-speed chase.  He will talk about his aerial perspective of the events of June 17, 1994.

​* CAROLYN FOX - Executive Director of the Radio Television News Association (RTNA) for about 35 years will bring stories of Camp OJ... and a collection of the specially issued press passes.
* LORRAINE HILLMAN is a retired long time veteran of CBS – both network news and Channel 2 - and ABC News.  She was in the business for four decades (and worked for 17 news directors - gotta to be a record!).  She has a book called “Lifetime of News:  A Memoir”.   She's making a rare return to Los Angeles and will talk about her extensive research work into every aspect of the Simpson case.  

* DAVE LOPEZ - We celebrated Dave's 40th year at Channel 2.  Now he'll bring us the stories behind his coverage of the OJ Simpson case.  
* RENEE SOTILE – who attends our lunches regularly – is a filmmaker and documentary producer.  She was a photojournalist working the Simpson trials.  Now she is focusing some of her energy and creativity on “I Remember Nicole” – an awareness and public outrage program that describes itself as “A Global Anthem Reclaiming Power Over Domestic Violence”.  Renee will show a video the group has produced and talk about her role… and the group’s important message and mission.

   If you were directly involved in the coverage and would like to contribute your story to the May 4th lunch, we’d like to hear from you.   Just write, please, and let me know.
   Again the location is 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.
   On May 4th, we'll also hear from STEVE SKOOTSKY who took the lead in producing our Feb 2 lunch marking the 50th anniversary of the “Evewitness News” format at KABC-TV.     Video of the lunch is now posted... and you will find links to the three parts in the column to the right.  Still photos are to the left and below, along with links to the complete albums.

   We will also mark the passings of Tom Hatten and David Horowitz... with some special videos.
   Other 2019 lunches are planned for Sat Aug 3 (when we’ll mark the 50th year since the Charles Manson case) and Sat Nov 2.
   See you on May 4th.  Again you can RSVP now… to            Thanks,
   Bob Tarlau