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May 15, 2022

News Geezers

A message from Bob Tarlau

(founder of the News Geezers)


   The News Geezers began in 2010 - when shortly after entering retirement, I realized while I might not miss my final full time workplace (KTTV Fox 11 where I was a Special Projects Producer), but I would miss the folks I worked with there - and  so many of the professionals I encountered along the way since 1965.

   Gathering three friends from my early years at KTLA - Joel Tator, the late Michael Conley and Jack Terry - the four of us decided our very enjoyable dinners and lunches should be expanded. 


    The late Gerry Ruben was next, bringing us to five.  The mailing list grew from there and is now closing in on 500.

   The News Geezers is totally informal with no dues, no office, and no officers.   Credit for the News Geezers' name goes to the late, great Bob Long.  Sure the name has had its detractors - mainly women who resent being called Geezers.  Bob meant the name to be fun - reflecting the mood of our gatherings.  We took a vote on this years ago - and about 95% of those participating that day voted for... News Geezers.

     About two-thirds of us are retired.  If you are working in the biz - or spent the bulk of your professional life in Southern California - in print (newspapers and magazines), broadcast (radio and TV news), web or public relations - we welcome you!   Photojournalists are - of course - included as are the technical people who transformed our news output into print or onto the airwaves.   You can see who is involved by going to the "Roster & RSVPs" tab on this website.

    We have lunches quarterly.   The location is Victorio's Ristaronte in North Hollywood.   

       For photos going back to 2017, go to the "Photos" tab... and for videos, it's - of course - the "Videos" tab. 

        As a result of the pandemic - we had a two year break in our in-person lunches.  The most recent was at the end of February this year. and featured Los Angeles TV/radio broadcast legend Lew Irwin and his special guest, TV director/producer Steve Binder.

           We did have some Zoom gatherings from time to time during 2020 and 2021.

        Our last in-person lunch/program was at the end of February, 2020.  It was a great program:   A super panel and video on the "History of Los Angeles News Helicopters."  (It also can be found on the video page).

‚Äč       So that's our story.  I never thought the News Geezers would grow as fast or as big as we have.  I thank each of you for making this work.    As Joel rightly says:  "You know, these lunches just get better every time!"  

    You might like to know that in addition to being the prime Geezer coordinator, I do daily freelance work as a correspondent for Australian radio - doing live reports Nine Radio Network.  

         I am the immediate past chairman of the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists (www.8BallJournalists.org) (formerly the 8 Ball Welfare Foundation), which has helped journalists in temporary financial need for more than 60 years.  

        If you have questions or comments on the Geezers... or know of someone who would enjoying being a member of our group...  kindly write to me at bob@tarlau.com. 

         Thanks for reading this!  

Cheers, Bob