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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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Radio Host Chris Carter Cuts the John Lennon Birthday Cake

As he normally does, Chris Carter – host of weekly KLOS-FM program Breakfast with the Beatles – cut the cake at Tuesday’s birthday party held posthumously for John Lennon at the Beatle’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nita Lelyveld of the LA Times was there in front of the Capitol Records building to chat with some of the 50 or so attendees.

Carter’s show archives also provide a worthy reference from the band mate who knew Lennon best – Paul McCartney. During a recent phone conversation, McCartney had this to say:

“An interviewer asked me about whether I ever sort think about John when I’m writing songs. I think it came out a little like I was holding seances with him every day, which isn’t true. But obviously having worked with John for so long, if I’m at a point on a song wondering where to go, it’s an obvious thing for me to think, ‘Well if I was working with John, what would he say?’

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Dennis Hopper Biographer Rides Wave of LA Times Publicity

Thanks to a massive amount of interest sparked by this weekend’s LA Times profile piece by Nita Lelyveld, North Hollywood author Peter Winkler is suddenly sitting pretty. The disabled first-time writer, who because of rheumatoid arthritis tapped out his tome about Dennis Hopper one chopstick-touch at a time, has discovered just how much of an impact a supportive tweet and Facebook post by Roger Ebert can have.

“The first run [of 1,500] is almost sold out now via Amazon and Barnes & Noble,” Winkler tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “I’ve also talked to some LA bookstores and they’re already down to their last, or no, copy. My publisher is now planning a second print run of 3,000.”

Alongside Ebert, other celebrities who tweeted out a link to the LA Times article included Dana Delaney and Maria Shriver. The story was also social media fodder for journalists at the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle and elsewhere.

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‘Stand-Up Librarian’ Loses Job Over LA Times Story

If the tale of West Hollywood library temp Meredith Myers (pictured) were a short story, it could easily be called “Fine Print.”

As LA Times columnist Steve Lopez explains, everything was in motion late last month for a piece in the paper by his colleague Nita Lelyveld about Myers’ dual role as a library employee and stand-up comedienne. The only restrictions were that the article could not list Myers’ job title or feature photos of the WeHo LA County Public Library location where she was working as a page. However, because Myers and-or a colleague apparently failed to follow proper LAPL County of Los Angeles Public Library media relations procedure, things quickly took an unexpected turn:

Lelyveld called Kramer to see if he’d reconsider the limits he’d placed on the story. Not only did he refuse to budge, but within an hour of the phone call, Myers was notified by her supervisors that she’d been removed from the work schedule and would receive a letter in the mail the next day. “This is a notice that you are being released from your temporary position of library page,” the letter read.

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One-Time Chicago Paper Boy Still Riding High Above Wilshire Blvd.

In the spring of 2006, Liz Arnold penned a fun piece for LA Weekly about Ruben Pardo, the unassuming elevator operator at a mid-Wilshire Art Deco office building. This weekend, 69-year-old Pardo is once again in the media spotlight thanks to a much longer LA Times “Page One” profile.

While the names and businesses of the tenants he caters to have tilted in favor of online media, the rest of the details remain virtually unchanged. Pardo is still humble; he stands-sits as one the city’s last manual elevator operators; and he shows no signs of wanting to retire.

There is also a very cool multimedia sidebar put together by Bryan Chan. As a lesson to all you job seekers out there, Pardo confesses that he gladly worked for free his first three days in 1976 at the 11-story building to prove his elevator mettle. When his initial paycheck arrived, the building owners had paid him in full, at double the expected rate.

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