Sat Feb 2 2019 Lunch
At 3:20 - Tribute to the late
Harvey Siders of KABC-TV
At 6:45 - Al Primo
Creator of the Eyewitness News format
At 25:15 - STEVE SKOOTSKY
At 26:20 - JOHN SEVERINO
At 38:45 - REGIS PHILBIN
At Top - HAROLD GREENE
At 5:05 - TERRY CROFOOT
At 10:20 - TAWNY LITTLE
At 12:30 - DAVID SHEEHAN
At 14:30 - GENE GLEESON
At 22:15 - PETE NOYES
At 27:10 - RONA BARRETT
At 32:45 - Dr. ART ULENE
At top - Mention ED ARNOLD
At :55 - HEATHER McKENZIE
introducing DAVE & MARY BUSSE
At 8:25 - RICK DE REYES
At 17:00 - JIM HATTENDORF
At 22:00 - SKOOTSKY's
The 50th anniversary of the Eyewitness News format at KABC-TV was celebrated during the first News Geezers lunch of 2019 on Sat Feb 2.
Ninety attended, despite heavy rain.
Video of the lunch is now posted... and you will links to the three parts at the right.
Note there are time cues... to easily find the folks who appeared.
The airchecks used during the actual lunch as not used here - due to copyright restrictions.
Stills are to the left... with more in the albums (links at the top of the photo column).
Steve Skootsky - who retired about a year ago after a remarkably long run as an Eyewitness News producer – provided invaluable help in getting this program organized... and I thank him for it.
Channel 7 itself presented a three part series on Wed Feb 27 spotlighting its own history the Eyewitness format.
Some bits shot at the Geezers lunch were included.
Thanks to everyone who participated and worked to make this a very memorable event.
Other lunches in 2019 are planned for May 4, August 3 and November 2 - all Saturdays.
On May 4 - we'll mark 25 years since the Brown-Goldman murders.
On Aug 3 - the program will focus on the Tate-LaBianca murders... 50 years ago.
The emphasis at both of those lunches will be on the media's role.
Videos of lunches going back three years can be found on the Videos page of this website.
And photos from previous lunches are grouped on the Photos page.
See you on Sat May 4.
Cheers, Bob Tarlau
March 1, 2019
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