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News Geezers!

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.  

   Thanks to the 31 News Geezers who joined our latest Zoom Room...held on Saturday, May 22.

    It was a great couple of hours... with everyone heard from... and a lot of topics covered.

    Steve Skootsky has edited the highlights - you wlll find the link and timecode index in the column.


   We plan to get our in-person lunches (and programs) back on track starting in August.    

    We've set the program paying tribute to Lew Irwin for Sat Aug 14.  (That's a new date).  Lew is the original KABC-TV anchor... a radio legend here in L.A. as well as being an author.

     His special guest that day will be Steve Binder, who directed those early Channel 7 newscasts... and went on to a remarkable network producing/directing career.

    The in-person follow-up to our October 2020 political panel would follow on Sat Oct  30.    Almost all the original six panelists have told me they'll be available that day:

* Sherry Bebitch Jeffe,
* Bill Boyarsky, 
* Warren Olney, 
* Dan Blackburn, 
* Dave Bryan, 
* and Jim Lemon.

   Both lunches will start at noon... with the program starting at 12:30 p.m.  The location for each will be Victorios, 10901 Victory Blvd., in North Hollywood. 

   My hope is (with the help of Bill Dawson and Bruce Kerr) to livestream the programs via YouTube.    Please - for now - hold your RSVPs.

   Thanks as always to Joel Tator, Steve, Bill, Bruce and my wife, Barbara, for helping make these get-togethers (virtual and in-person) happen.   I hope to finally see you in person on  Aug 14 and again on Oct 30.

My best wishes for good health and good cheer to you all!



Pete Noyes - 1930-2021

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June 9, 2021

News Geezers

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... resuming this August.

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!   

​I have established a page on this website... for the many tributes to Pete I am receiving.   Send yours to me at 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 who's 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:

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:

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:

The Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles honored Pete with a lifetime membership at our lunch in November, 2016.
The link is:

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

31 joined our latest News Geezers Zoom Room...

In-person lunches set to resume in August & October!


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Zoom Room

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:00 Welcome

1:15  Dr. Art Ulene
12:58 Ray Richmond/Ann Snyder

   (Tom Snyder tribute)
22:07 Linda Deutsch (on Tom Snyder)
24:07 Warren Cereghino (on Tom Snyder)
26:12 John Marshall (on Tom Snyder)
28:15 Dave Lopez
32:30 Mary Munford
33:40 Henry Weiss
35:12 Yvonne Beltzer
37:25 Lew Irwin
38:40 Dr. Art Ulene
41:00 Steve Binder
48:20 Steve Skootsky
52:02 Linda Deutsch (on Elvis and Steve Binder)
55:55 Jeff Wald
56:30 Joel Tator

    (on Bob Abernethy)
59:40 Leo McElroy
1:01:13 Warren Cereghino

    (on Bob Abernethy)
1:02:48 Doug Kriegel
1:03:50 Linda Deutsch
1:05:00 Howard Fine
1:07:40 Dr. Art Ulene
1:09:00 Amanda Tarlau

    (audio only, from Australia)
1:12:45 Nancy Sayles
1:14:35 Rory O’Connor (on Tom Snyder)
1:18:00 Roy Langford (on Tom Snyder)
1:20:30 Bob Tarlau (on Hal Eisner)
1:21:05 Paul Skolnick (on Hal Eisner)
1:22:20 Kitty Dill
1:24:30 Ted Hanf
1:28:15 Judy Watson (audio only)
1:31:00 Dennis Hargrove (audio only)
1:33:25 Natalie Windsor (audio only)
1:36:57 Art Ulene
1:38:32 Bill Dawson
1:41:10 Lew Irwin question for Dr. Art Ulene
1:46:49 Kitty Dill
1:47:15 John Marshall (on Tom Snyder)/John Marshall and Leo McElroy on the Emmy)
1:54:24 Linda Deutsch
1:54:55 Mary Munford/Bob Tarlau

    (on founding of NewsGeezers)
1:57:05 Kitty Dill
1:58:00 Steve Binder
1:59:15 Steve Skootsky
2:00:40 Program ends