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February 19, 2020 

We Honored...

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About the

News Geezers!

"History of L.A. News Choppers" at our Sat Feb 29 Lunch!

Kelly Lange, Zoey Tur, Stu Mundel, Tim Lynn & Vince Mack Among Those To Speak

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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!   

    RSVPs for the Sat Feb 29 News Geezers lunch--our first of the year--will close this Sat Feb 22.
    We have a very special program, the "History of the L.A. News Choppers."

    Among our highlighted speakers on the "History of L.A. News Choppers" will be:
* ZOEY TUR - who created "Los Angeles News Service".  As Bob Tur, she was the first to televise a high speed police chase and her remarkable 1992 coverage of the Reginald Denny beating was broadcast worldwide. 

* TIM LYNN - veteran chopper pilot/reporter for KTLA (thru Angel City Air).  He previously spent 30 years in law enforcement.
* STU MUNDEL - Aerial photo journalist for KCBS and KCAL who has covered most of the most significant events in recent SoCal history.

* KELLY LANGE - The former Channel 4 anchor who started her broadcast career as "Dawn O'Day," the KABC radio traffic reporter.
* VINCE MACK - Veteran aerial photographer (and occasional chopper reporter) for KTTV Fox 11's Skyfox.
​    This News Geezers lunch presentation starts at noon on Sat Feb 29 (although the buffet will start between 11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.) at our usual location:  Victorios, 10901 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood.
RSVPs are open until this Saturday (Feb 22)!  Please drop an e-mail to  And you can track who has already RSVPed by visiting the "Roster/RSVP" page of this website.
    The "History of L.A. News Choppers" program was suggested and is being produced by Steve Skootsky.          Steve, a now-retired, highly acclaimed long-time news writer and producer at KABC-TV, has taken a very significant role in helping me bring programs to our quarterly lunches.   I want to publicly thank Steve... for his passion and commitment, along with Joel Tator, Bill Dawson, John Marshall, and Warren Cereghino for their contributions to this particular program.

    In addition the speakers, the program will include a series of dramatic videos taking us from the first KTLA Telecopter in 1958, through major stories of the past, up to today's high tech aerial news coverage. Steve is editing these packages.  And he has located some amazing source material.   As Steve himself calls our Feb 29th program:  "A salute to those dedicated and talented aerial professionals who have made such a major contribution to local news coverage over the years."
    At Victorios... Chef Robert’s delicious Italian buffet lunch is still only $20 (including dessert and tip) or you can order off the menu.  Payment is upon arrival... by either cash or card.   Parking is free.
   See the column to the right for links to our October lunch.  Stills are to the left.
    All of us hope to see you on Sat Feb 29.

 ​  Bob Tarlau

Sat Oct 26, 2019 Lunch

Click to Link to Part 1

Runs:  29:45 minutes

At 2:30 -

Bob on the unusual timing of

today's featured

Photos from

the Herald-Examiner

At 5:40 -

Wendy Horowitz of the Los Angeles Public Library
with a gallery of photos

from the

Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
photo collection - now in possession of the library

Click to Link to Part 2

Runs:  39 minutes

At Top -


Victor Anastasia

​At 15:00 -


Jack Perkins