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Sunday, March 1, 2015

March in like a LION!

On March 1, 2015 my thoughts turn to a new baseball season.
And friendship. Yesterday's Forest Lawn funeral for my friend Fred Prouser taught me much I did not know about the events of his life but nothing that I did not know of his humanity and friendship skills.
Speaker after speaker told the same history of Fred that mirrored my own experience: he was a nice man who stood out in the cutthroat world of Hollywood red carpets.

RIP Fred S. Prouser

LLAP


Monday, February 16, 2015

ALL ACCESS OSCARS 1989-2008

I met Gil Cates when the PR firm I worked for was called in to provide intense emergency media relations for the Directors Guild of America in their 1981 contract negotiations with movie producers and networks. Following that intense and successful project, Gil and I stayed in touch and when he was elected DGA President in 1983 he supported my new firm's proposal to become the Guild's new PR counsel. I remained in that position with the DGA for more than twenty years and Gil honored me further along the way by asking me to join him as his personal Public Relations representative when he became the producer of the Oscars in 1989. The last Oscar show Gil produced was in 2008 and after he passed in 2011 I began to recall moments in time from the grinding gears of those years.
Now each awards season puts me into full flashback mode...

"onward and upward with the arts"
                           Gil Cates quoting his brother Joe Cates

OSCAR Week 2015


Welcome to my Oscar Week 2015...thanks to my Showbiz mentor Gil Cates for all these and,lots more memories...





Saturday, February 14, 2015

#HappyValentineDay!

#HappyValentineDay!
A holiday created by Hallmark if ever there was one!
Recalling my 20th Century self when February 14 was an annual deadline to buy and send cards and gifts to female friendlies like my wives and my Mom.
Now it just reminds me of the day I met Louis Zamperini in 2004  when I bought a 1992 FordExplorer from his son Luke on that Saturday Valentine Day. We  shared stories about WorldWar II now known to the world from Unforgiven and some about my Dad's D-Day glider infantry point of view. He was an American Hero and I was honored to meet him.
So my 21st Century Valentine Days are much less expensive than they used to be.
No reservations hassles at my local drive-thrus!
No flowers to watch die at a rate of twenty bucks a day!

I miss the chocolate.