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Posts Tagged ‘Neil Simon’

Memorial This Sunday for KCBS Vet Mike Daniels

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.

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Jonathan Silverman is Big Man on NOLA Campus

Sometimes, it’s worth being reminded that once removed from a city of nightly Klieg light rentals and jaded denizen glances, perceived C-list projects and their makers can act as A-list purveyor’s of LA’s fundamental media message.

Case in point: Jonathan Silverman. The actor just wrapped his directorial debut, Dirty Movie II: The Student Film, in New Orleans, and as a result got a huge, flattering write-up in the Times-Picayune. Turns out the Crescent City has figured prominently in Silverman’s overall “education:”

“I got my first fake ID on Bourbon Street!” he admits for starters–a confession that comes with a broad smile suggesting other, unspoken firsts that might have followed. That was back when he was a teenager starring in a touring production of the award-winning Neil Simon play Brighton Beach Memoirs during its stop at the Saenger Theatre.

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