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September 1, 2020 

News Geezers


2021 to bring an in-person political follow-up & Lew Irwin


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!   



​    Our all-star political panel—set for Sat Oct 24 —will now be virtual, a first for the News Geezers.

    The pandemic obviously prevents us from gathering in person at Victorios for now.

    Instead, our six panelists have agreed to a two-part format... the first virtual in October (very close to Election Day)... and the second in-person in spring 2021 (to follow-up).

    The panelists are:

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

     We'll be doing the virtual program via Zoom, at 2 p.m. on Sat Oct 24, with details to come as we get closer.

    The political panel program had originally been scheduled for May.

    The third 2020 lunch had been set for Sat Aug 8 but it—too—had to be postponed.  It was to have featured a program saluting 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 Lew Irwin/Steve Binder program will be held in-person at a TBA date in 2021.   Steve Skootsky has produced some excellent videos to be shown at both that lunch and our political panel programs.   

    The only lunch we succeeded in having this year was on February 29.  It featured the History of the Los Angeles News Choppers.

     The video remains online... with the links to the right.

     Our lunches are usually held at Victorios in North Hollywood  (10901 Victory Blvd) and start at noon.  Victorios remains open for patio dining and takeout.   I encourage you to support Chef Robert & Company with your business.
     Joel Tator, Steve Skootsky and I extend best wishes to you all.  Stay safe!  I can hardly wait to see you again.   
    ​  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