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RIP: AP Entertainment Reporter Bob Thomas

ShutterstockBobThomasStarIn the later stages of his AP career, Bob Thomas was often tasked with reviewing and filing banked obituaries of major Hollywood stars. Today, sadly, it is the job of John Rogers to inform that Thomas has passed at the age of 92.

Over the course of a record-setting journalism career, Thomas covered 66 Academy Awards ceremonies, phoned in from the scene an AP bulletin about the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy and wrote nearly three dozen books. His entertainment reporting work spanned seven decades, beginning in 1944 and ending in 2010:

Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP, worked with Thomas in the Los Angeles bureau in the early 1980s.

“Bob was an old-fashioned Hollywood reporter and he knew absolutely everyone,” she said. “He had a double-helping of impish charm with the stars, but back at the office, he was the quiet guy who slipped into a desk at the back and poked at the keyboard for a while, then handed in a crisp and knowing story soon delivered to movie fans around the world.”

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AP Travel Editor Highlights Five Free NYC Things

FiveFreeThingsCoverThe NYC honors in AP’s new eBook Five Free Things ($4.99) belong to travel editor Beth J. Harpaz.

She admits it was difficult to narrow down the city’s easy-on-the-wallet attractions to that number and says she both expects and welcomes reader debate. From her list:

HIGH LINE: One of the city’s newest attractions, the High Line has quickly become a favorite with out-of-towners and locals alike. It’s a narrow park built on an old elevated freight railway along 10th Avenue on Manhattan’s West Side, from Gansevoort Street, just below 14th Street, to 31st Street.

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Red Medicine Owner Cooks Up Another Questionable Internet Diss

Thanks to a certain Beverly Hills eatery, it may be appropriate to tweak that famous David Hannum-P.T. Barnum saying. In this case, it’s more like – “There’s an appetizer born every minute.”

We suggest this Seinfeld-ian edit after reading AP reporter John Rogerssummary of the fallout that followed the recent Twitter outreach of Red Medicine co-owner Noah Ellis. Calling out customers who fail to make good on a busy-time reservation is not quite as risky as flushing out an award-winning restaurant critic on your official website. Still, it has us trying to decide whether Ellis is a marketing genius or simply off his bamboo steamer:

One Beverly Hills restaurant owner decided enough was enough, taking to Twitter to publicly call out those who skipped out on their reservations on a recent busy Saturday.

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Author Jeanne Darst Makes for a Great Interview

The photo adorning Echo Park author Jeanne Darst‘s AP interview immediately confirms that she’s not your run-of-the-mill literary Q&A type. There she stands, next to an open closet door, perched atop the various manuscript drafts for her critically acclaimed, alcohol-soaked memoir Fiction Ruined My Family.

At one point in the article, reporter John Rogers refers to a hilariously politically incorrect passage in the book about Darst’s drinking making her “so unpredictable, sloppy and sometimes violent that even men known to take sexual advantage of drunken women didn’t want to sleep with her.” But FishbowlLA’s favorite snippet relates to the time she worked as a limo driver:

She lost the gig after she was dispatched to an airport to pick up Deepak Chopra and mistakenly collected members of the New York Giants football team instead.

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