Saturday, February 28, 2021
:00 Bob Tarlau's intro
:26 Christina Penza
2:25 Dan Blackburn
3:21 Doug Kriegel
4:06 Bill Boyarsky
5:51 Bob Leon
6:11 Kitty Dill
6:51 Robert Henry
7:33 Joe Saltzman
8:53 Leo McElroy
11:16 Warren Cereghino
13:38 Joel Tator
15:06 Ken Davis
16:26 Steve Cohen
22:17 Bob Eaton
23:05 Steve Skootsky
24:41 Jon Fisher
28:36 Reva Hicks
32:15 Jeff Wald
34:45 Lew Rothbart
36:41 John Marshall
38:25 Howard Fine
40:09 Jim Hattendorf
41:54 Nancy Sayles
43:11 George Lewis/Judy Muller
44:41 Lew Irwin
48:22 Dennis Hargrove
5007 Bill Dawson
5347 Dave DeGregorio
5701 Irv Cuevas
5800 Mitch Waldow
1:02:15 Natalie Windsor
1:04:40 Joe Quasarano
1:06:00 Rocky O'Connor
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PHOTOS FROM OUR FEBRUARY 2020 LUNCH by:
Pete Noyes - 1930-2021
We held a Zoom gathering of the News Geezers on Sat Feb 27. Thanks to all 48 who joined us... especially special guest Dr. Art Ulene who briefed us on coronavirus developments... and then thoroughly answered a number of questions.
Steve Skootsky has edited the resulting video... and you will find the links in the column to the right. It's in two parts... the general chat followed by Dr. Art Ulene's presentation and Q&A.
Everyone who spoke told us about what they've been doing during the pandemic... and some of the ideas were novel.
We've already had calls for a another session--which I've scheduled for Sat May 22... at 1 p.m.
This was our second virtual event. October brought out all-star political panel.
If you didn't see it live, I urge you to view it through the YouTube links on our Videos page.
* Sherry Bebitch Jeffe,
* Bill Boyarsky,
* Warren Olney,
* Dan Blackburn,
* Dave Bryan,
* and Jim Lemon.
The discussion was driven--in part--by a series of videos centered on the role of past and present campaign ads.
Our six panelists have agreed to a two-part format.
As a follow-up to the virtual gathering... they will return for a follow-up in-person panel at Victorios in North Hollywood... hopefully the second half of 2021.
Another lunch program waiting in the wings will feature Lew Irwin, the original KABC-TV anchor (then news director at a number of Los Angeles radio stations) and Steve Binder (his Channel 7 producer back then... who went on to produce/direct a lot of memorable network and syndicated television programs).
The only lunch we succeeded in having in 2020 was on February 29. It featured the "History of the Los Angeles News Choppers."
The video of that program remains online... with the links on our Video page.
I have established a page on this website... for the many tributes to Pete I am receiving. Send yours to me at email@example.com... and I will add it to the page.
Over the years Pete worked at the Stars and Stripes (when he was in the Army), City News Service, KFMB San Diego, KXTV Sacramento and here in L.A. at KNXT/KCBS, KNBC, KABC-TV, the Fox network newsmagazine "Front Page," KTTV and KCOP. (I hope I'm not leaving any organization out).
When Pete retired (from KTTV) in 2008, my wife Barbara and I held a party in his honor and a lot of the whos who of Los Angeles came by to salute him. There were a lot of donations that day to his favorite industry charity, the 8-Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists (then the 8-Ball Welfare Foundation). He was a long-time board member... and the emergency financial grants the foundation continues to provide for so many fellow journalists over the decades meant a great deal to him.
Pete's family says - in lieu of flowers - donations be made in Pete's name to 8-Ball. The website is: 8BallJournalists.org
Please go to the Donate page. 8-Ball is a 503(c)3 charitable organization.
I have some stills and videos to share with you now. I've brought together about 70 stills taken at News Geezers luncheons he attended over the years. You will find those at this link: https://bobtarlau.smugmug.com/Pete-Noyes-Stills
In addition, I have three videos I've edited down from three of the lunches where he was honored or interviewed. The videos were shot by Vince Mack.
The first is from July, 2015... when Pete was interviewed by the late David Sheehan (and you will also find tributes to David on this website).
Here is the link to that interview: https://youtu.be/Y7y2sEdCvaI
The Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles honored Pete with a lifetime membership at our lunch in November, 2016.
The link is: https://youtu.be/5oqhml5TRxQ
Many of you reading this attended the News Geezers lunch in February, 2019 when we marked the 50th anniversary of the Eyewitness News format. In the early 70's, Pete's investigative series on the Dale Car scam (reported by Dick Carlson) earned the two of them, and Channel 7, a Peabody Award.
Pete's latest books "Who Killed the Big News" and "The Real L.A. Confidential" remain on sale through Amazon. They're both great reads.
To Grace, Jack, Liz, Pete's brothers and grandchildren and the rest of his family, we at the News Geezers and on the 8-Ball Board of Directors send our deepest sympathies. I was greatly honored to have been his friend.
-- Bob Tarlau
March 2, 2021
Our beloved friend Pete Noyes died on February 1st, at home in Westlake Village, at age 90.
He was a news producer and investigative journalist extraordinaire... who impacted so many of us in profound ways.
For me, his impact will never fade.
Pete had been in declining health. In December, he was hospitalized for about a week for a non-COVID issue.