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March 31, 2020 


Next Scheduled Lunch:   Featuring Lew Irwin... on Sat Aug 8


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!   


   The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a change in our News Geezers lunch schedule.

   The next lunch - which had been scheduled for May 23 - was to feature political panels on media coverage of the presidential election.  We have some great panelists lined up.  But they will now be heard during our lunch on Sat Oct 24.   I know it's a long way off... but please mark your calendar.

    In the meantime, our Sat Aug 8 lunch will feature Lew Irwin and his lifetime of news.   Lew was the original KABC-TV news anchor and has been radio news director at a number of L.A. stations.   He's got quite a story to tell.

     I'll start taking RSVP's for the August 8th lunch in July.

     Our October 24 lunch will have veteran political journalists discussing coverage of Campaign 2020... concentrating on the Presidential race.
      They include:
* Sherry Bebitch Jeffe

* Bill Boyarsky

* Warren Olney 

* Dave Bryan

* Dan Blackburn

and possibly others.

     Also:  A series of special videos... on presidential campaigns past.
     All our lunches are at:
Victorios in North Hollywood  (10901 Victory Blvd) and start at noon.
      Now online is the four part video of our February 29th lunch - which featured "The History of the L.A. News Helicopters."

     The links are in the column to the right.

     I urge you to view it... especially if you couldn't join us that day.

     Our remarkable guests were:

* Kelly Lange

* Zoey Tur

Tim Lynn (KTLA)
* Stu Mundel (KCBS/KCAL)

* Vince Mack (KTTV)

       Plus there were remarks by Joel Tator and Warren Cereghino.
    The "History of L.A. News Choppers" program was suggested and produced by Steve Skootsky.    Thank you, Steve.          

     Thanks also to the 84 News Geezers who turned out for the program.

     In addition to the video... there are photos to the left... with links to the albums by each photographer.

     Videos and photos from previous lunches can be found by clicking on the "Videos" and "Photos" links near the top of this webpage.

      Our next lunch featuring Lew Irwin is on Sat Aug 8.

     The previously scheduled May 23 lunch is cancelled because of the pandemic... and the political panel program planned for that date will now be part of our Oct 24 lunch.

       Finally my warm wishes to you all.  Stay save... stay well... and I'll see you in August.

 ​  Bob Tarlau

Saturday, February 29 Lunch

Click to Link to Part 1

Runs:  40 minutes

At Top: 


At 2:30:

Honoring Mike Mullen and Gary Branard as Press Photographers Assn Life Achievement Honorees

At 4:10: 

Introduce "History of the L.A. News Choppers" program​

At 14:40:

Joel Tator

At 19:00:

Warren Cereghino

At 23:30:

Kelly Lange

Click to Link to Part 2

Runs:  36 minutes

At 1:10:
Zoey Tur

​At 12:15:

Vince Mack joins discussion


Click to Link to Part 3
Runs:  44 minutes

At Top:

​Stu Mundel & Tim Lynn

At 38:00:

Vince rejoins discussion


Click to Link to Part 4
Runs:  5 minutes

At Top:


Joe Sullivan,

Ernie Chacon

Victor Patterson

At 3:55:

​Future Lunches