September 22, 2017
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, Michael Conley and Jack Terry - the four of us decided our very enjoyable dinners and lunches should be expanded.
Gerry Ruben was next, bringing us to five. The mailing list grew from there and is now close to 400.
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 three 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 air. You can see who is involved by going to the "Roster & RSVPs" tab on this website.
We have lunches quarterly. These are fun-filled get togethers. The location is Victorio's Ristaronte in North Hollywood.
Our most recent lunch was on Sat Jul 29. and you will find links to the stills and video from that one on the front page of this website. Our next lunch is Sat Oct 28 - and RSVPs will be taken after Oct 1. At that lunch we'll feature the book "Line of Sight" - the story of Klaus Landsberg and the founding of KTLA Channel 5. Evelyn DeWolfe (who was married to Klaus) and co-wrote the book with George Lewis) will be there.
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 two live reports a day, five days a week for the Macquarie Radio Network.
I am the chairman of the 8 Ball Welfare Foundation (www.8BallFoundation.com), which has helped journalists in temporary financial need for more than 60 years. I am past president of the Journalism Alumni Association at California State University Northridge (www.CSUNAlumni.com/JAA),
If you have questions or comments on the Geezers... or know of someone who should be part of our group... kindly write to me at email@example.com.
Thanks for reading this!
A message from Bob Tarlau
(founder of the News Geezers)