|BACK AT THE OK CORRAL (The Bel Air Hotel), on October 16th
Yes, we were back at the old home stand, and it really felt comfortable.
Some of those who arrived after we were seated had to be reminded to
pick up their victuals at the Buffet, but it was certainly a nice spread
and the dessert table was indeed impressive. It s not clear to YOE
whether this Buffer is a one-timer or not, but we will certainly find
out next week, right?
PP HOMER NEWMAN led the Pledge, first noting that we could still use the
under God portion, at least for now. PP JIM DOWNIE and JACK HARRIS took
us through The Battle Hymn and despite JACK S assumptions as to our
familiarity with the words, there were some who didn't really belt it
out. RAY ZICKFELD followed, with the Invocation, which he had given not
too long before. These were sermon titles by the then-Minister at
Wilshire Methodist Church, during the 50 s. Among them was Begin at the
Finish , Be a Winning Loser , Remember to Forget , and my favorite, The
World is run by those who are criticized, not by the critics .
Certainly there is something there for all of us to take to heart.
MAX LICHTENBERGER came up with a Visiting Rotarian, Kirk Wickersham, who
hails from Anchorage, Alaska.
There were several guests AL BELLANCA
had his friend, Irwin Chamage, who also knows our Speaker. I introduced
my guest, Shane Waarboeck, who is with Merrill Lynch in the same office
as LEO TSENG. Shane is a recent graduate of UCLA, and is, as they say,
looking us over . I must here make a personal appeal, not to hold
against Shane the person who is sponsoring him Pres. PETER noted that we
were BAACK at Bel Air and just to put that in perspective, the four
weeks we missed here were the first in the 41 years we have been meeting
here. That long ago, JFK was President, Pat Brown was Governor, and our
Sexy Prexy was JIM COLLINS (who is now our Senior PP). Pres. PETER was
in middle school in Hong Kong, and LEE DUNAYER was still in diapers!
PP ERIC LOBERG (1982- 83) came forward to enlighten us on his year at
the helm, that long ago. I ve said before that ERIC is a genuinely funny
man, and he combined that humor with some pertinent observations.
He noted that the primary motto of Rotary is Service above Self, and
that seemed clear until he began comparing the word Service with some of
its appendages Internal Revenue, Postal, Civil - and this became
confusing to our speaker. However, it all came into focus when he heard
two farmers talking about a bull they were using to service some of
their cows. Isn t vocabulary wonderful? ERIC then listed the First Place
Awards we received during his year - and we got em ALL, except for
International, where we were second. All this combined to provide us
with the Best Large Club Award!
ERIC S year came after JOHN SINGLETON, and was followed by ROY
BELOSIC. He noted that JOHN went to Sao Paulo, and ROY to Rome, which he
could only manage Dallas for the Convention but he didn t feel too
badly, considering that JIM COLLINS only got a bus ticket to the
Convention Center in downtown LA! He passed along the proven recipe for
a happy marriage you must find a woman who makes good money, a woman who
likes to cook and clean, and a woman who enjoys sex and it is important
that these three women never meet! Eric concluded with some warm
thoughts for the continued success of Pres. PETER, bearing in mind that
the Best year is permanently held by SUNNY JIM SUMNER. ERIC, your
excellent preparation for this overview shows - Well Done!
Our Annual Golf Tournament was this past Monday, the 13th. It was held
at Los Angeles Country Club with PP STEVE SCHERER and WLA/Brentwood PP
CLARK McQUAY as the co-chairs, and they had a lot of awards to present.
The lst Team (low net, 61) was composed of MIKE YOUSEM, BRUCE ROLF, PP
MIKE NEWMAN, and ED JACKSON.
2nd Team was KEVIN KOMATSU, GOERGE COX, ANDY ANDERSON and GORDON
FELL. Longest drive (275 yds) was by KEVIN, and he also made the longest
putt on the 18th hole.
Closest to the pin on #11 was who else, but KEVIN, closest to the pin
on #17 was GORDON FELL. The Team Putting Winners were CHRIS BRADFORD,
BOB FLICK, MIKE YOUSEM, JIM BEHCTEL and GORDON FELL. There were several
Extraordinary Performance Awards, led off by the Early Bird Award, won
by Ed Jackson who arrived one week early! TONY MARRONE got the Saddam
Hussein Award, which he earned by hitting the golf cart containing our
two Co-Chairs, with his ball. Not to be outdone, LEE DUNAYER earned the
Ghost Award, after he disappeared completely from view. And the Most
Inspirational Award was won, hands down, by PP GEORGE DEA. The LACC
hosts were AL BELLANCA, PP JIM COLLINS, PP STEVE SCHERER, CLARK McQUAY,
BRUCE ROLF, TONY MARRONE, and GEORGE COX. And the final Special Awards
were to our four New Members who participated CHRIS BRADFORD, GORDON
FELL, BOB FLICK and ED GAULD. Sounds like a good time was enjoyed by all
PP MIKE NEWMAN called attention to the upcoming Induction of all members
who have joined since the first of the year this will be in two weeks,
on October 30th, and MIKE would appreciate your calling him so he can be
sure he has your name and your sponsors name correctly listed. The
Yearling Breakfast will be next Tuesday, the 21st, at 0730 at the
Holiday Inn on Sunset at the 405. Be sure you have reserved with HARLAN
LEWIS, since he needs a final count for the chef and a reminder this is
a real opportunity to share our many supportive thoughts with new
members, so I urge those of you have maybe haven t attended recently to
come aboard, please.
AL BELLANCA introduced our speaker and his old friend, Bob Schiller. Bob
paired with Bob Weiskopf for over fifty years, and as a team they wrote
much of the material for I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Maude, Flip
Wilson, Carol Burnett and during this time they received two Emmy s, two
Writers Guild of America awards, three TV Academy Awards, three TV
Writers Awards, the Peabody Award, and the Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award
for their body of work in television.
This will be a trip down Memory Lane for all of us, especially us
Bob began by relating the story of the woman who came into the Pharmacy
and asked for some arsenic so she could poison her husband. The
pharmacist pointed out that he couldn t provide this, whereupon the
woman showed him a photo of two people in bed. She identified the man as
her husband and the woman as the wife of the pharmacist.
So the pharmacist then said, Oh, you have a prescription . Bob always
wanted to write, and did so for the junior high, high school, and UCLA
When he got out of the army, after five years, he hooked on with Duffy s
Tavern. He had a $50 tryout and pointed out that in radio, a smile will
get you fired to keep your job you needed a laugh!
Ed Gardner was the star, owned the show, and he was tight his routine
was to fire you and then rehire you, and Bob pointed out that Gardner
was cheap, but funny.
After four years with Duffy s Tavern, he and Weiskopf moved on to the
Ozzie and Harriet Show. Another rule a joke needs a physical response.
He was fired, and when he asked why, they said he was just too nice!
Moving into TV, they worked on the Abbott and Costello Shows, plus
Danny Thomas and Ed Wynn, and the Red Buttons Show. His prescription for
success as a comedy writer get a good typewriter and a funny partner!
Working for the Lucy Show was rewarding, since she loved writers (not a
common emotion among actresses) and thanked them publicly for their
Desk was a good producer. The writers called one show, the Dike Van Dick
On the Ed Sullivan Show, Bob was sitting with Orson Welles, and they
were watching Lucy rehearse. Welles allowed as how Lucy was the best
actress there was, period.
Bob Hope was quoted as saying it was a writers dream to work on the
For three years they wrote for the Red Skelton Show.
This was hectic, since Skelton helicoptered in and out to do the show
and like so many other times, they were fired from this show, also. When
they were writing for the Carol Burnett Show, the head writer wouldn t
use their stuff so they sent it over to Flip Wilson, and he hired them.
Wilson was an unusual performer his public persona was totally different
from his private behavior, which was quite aloof.
They moved into the sitcom field with Maude, and from there to All in
the Family, in which the show won seven Emmys in the eight years it ran.
Bob isn t a fan of Mel Brooks s comedy, and this was illustrated by two
opinions on one of his films. One critic said it was the worst piece of
crap he had ever seen, and the other said it was the best Brooks had
ever done. Bob felt that both comments were right on!
Bob Schiller, you can come back anytime it was great to have you with
YOE, Ernie Wolfe