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Posts Tagged ‘Anthea Raymond’

Patch Dumps One of Its Fiercest Local Champions

On May 15, Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch editor Anthea Raymond was enlisted to do what many in the hyper-local network have been recently: front for an adjacent geographical hub. She welcomed Beverly Hills Patch readers to the new site design, touting a spiffy Opinion board, Announcements board and more.

Exactly a week later, Raymond – a veteran LA journalist with many years of service at KCRW and in college classrooms – had a different message to share via her Patch site’s Facebook page:

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Fans Say Farewell at Sunset to the Late, Great Huell Howser

If you want to end your hump day with a smile, click on through to the first photo adorning the top of Nita Lelyveld‘s wonderful LA Times summary of yesterday afternoon’s Griffith Park Observatory tribute to the late Huell Howser. Taken by Brian van der Brug, it shows rows of people gathered on a hill, with the Hollywood sign in the background. Best thing about the pic? There was nothing Hollywood about the man being honored.

Lelyveld writes that some of those who made the Griffith Park pilgrimage were from faraway California small towns that Howser had covered. Others had equally fantastic connections to the roving KCET folk hero:

Lynne Green, 90, of Woodland Hills held court in high style in the first row of folding white seats, wearing a jaunty red hat decorated with a red feather and telling everyone she met about how, after she’d signed up at 80 for Buddy Powell‘s commercial acting class for seniors, Howser came to do a show on the class and “made me one of his featured speakers.”

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This Old House Finally Comes to LA

It seems almost too preposterous to believe. But apparently, the current on-location work being done in Silver Lake by PBS’ venerable This Old House marks the first time the show has ever hit LA, even though the program has been on the air since someone by the name of Samuel W. Yorty was mayor.

The Spanish Colonial Revival home being expanded and filmed through February 17th belongs to Sony production executive Kurt Albrecht and his wife Mary Blee. Per today’s article at Echo Park Patch:

The program recruited Albrecht and Blee out of lots of LA-area applications because they were the only owners of a Spanish Colonial Revival home. “We felt it was very important to highlight [one],” said This Old House series producer Deborah Hood. “We’d never done so, and it was our first visit to LA, where the style is so prevalent.”

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Josh Dickey Steals LA Press Club Show

Although Variety‘s Andrew Stewart was unable to attend the Thursday, November 11th Los Angeles Press Club panel discussion examining the challenging future of entertainment trade reporting, that still left Gregg Kilday of The Hollywood Reporter, Bob Tourtellotte from Reuters, Andrew Hampp of Ad Age and The Wrap’s Josh Dickey (pictured), subbing for a screening-diverted Sharon Waxman.

During a 90-minute discussion moderated by NPR contributor Anthea Raymond, each panelist made fine observations about the current state of the Hollywood and Madison Ave. trade nation, touching on everything from the broad re-purposing of an Us Weekly story about Beyonce being pregnant (she wasn’t) to the Mad Hatter beats of Twitter feeds.

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LA Press Club Elects New Board Members

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The LA Press Club had their annual elections and chose new board members. Now scan for names of people you know…go on…that’s why we’re all here:

The Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Press Club (LAPC) is comprised of 14 Board Members that serve two-year terms. Every year, half of the seats are up for election and this year brought in some new and old faces. Day-to-day operations are still run by working international journalist and LAPC Executive Director, Diana Ljungaeus, and USA reporter, Chris Woodyard is the President of its Board of Directors.

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