This weekend in Marina del Rey, friends, family, colleagues and students of Mike Daniels will pay tribute to the departed local broadcast legend at a memorial from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the California Yacht Club. It’s where Daniels for many years docked his boat Grand Cru. He recently passed away at age 77 from cancer.
Daniels started working at KCBS in 1958 upon graduation from USC and stayed there until retirement. He also, starting in 1974, returned to campus as a teacher and separately also guided journalism aspirants at Loyola Marymount. From a recent Annenberg TV News report:
Daniels’ stories – ranging from investigative pieces to breaking news – earned him several Emmys and Golden Mike awards. Colleague and USC professor of journalism Joe Saltzman said Daniels was a “calming force” in the hectic, fast-paced world of TV news.
Daniels in some circles is more famous for something entirely unrelated to his journalism efforts. Namely, that he was the inspiration for the character Felix in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.
Sunday’s memorial will follow a funeral at Hillside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone interested in making a donation on his behalf send it to : USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism – Mike Daniels Fund, c/o 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA. 90089-0281. RIP.
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