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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Kennedy’

Trailblazing Female Reporter Turned ‘Flack’ Sandi Gibbons Retires at Age 72

This past weekend marked the end of a long run for self-described LA County District Attorney ”flack” Sandi Gibbons. After 24 years served on behalf of a quartet of bosses, she retired March 30 at age 72.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune reporter Ruby Gonzales does a really nice job of paying tribute to Gibbons. The exiting spokesperson says her job was like being a “city editor to the world” and remembers how it sometimes involved brushing shoulders with Hollywood:

Gibbons recalled teaming TV producer Dick Wolf with deputy DA Pamela Bozanich, who prosecuted Lyle and Erik Menendez in their first trial.

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Celebrated Photographer of Black Los Angeles Guy Crowder Dies

Trailblazing black photojournalist Guy Crowder died this past Sunday of pneumonia, days after suffering a stroke. He was 72. Crowder got his start photographing South Central Los Angeles in the early 1960′s. Despite his talent, and despite having access to a world no one else was covering, mainstream publications like the Los Angeles Times, the Herald Examiner, the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, AP and UPI refused to hire him because of his race. And yet he persevered, eventually having a career that spanned decades and that allowed him to capture some of the most important moments in LA history.

The Los Angeles Wave has more:

Crowder began taking pictures during the 1960s and despite being shunned by the racist mainstream periodicals of the time, he took pictures for the Los Angeles Sentinel, the various Wave newspapers, and Johnson Publications’ Jet and Ebony magazines and became a giant in his field.

He had a knack of being in the middle of wherever the biggest news was occurring. He was a stealthy stalker of the action during the Watts riots; he was standing beside Sen. Robert Kennedy in the Ambassador Hotel moments before he was assassinated; he covered the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral; he was ringside shooting the evolution of Muhammad Ali, was on the sidelines at the Coliseum and photographed the daughter of the late Johnny Guitar Watson when she made her debut as, reportedly, the first Black cheerleader for USC and was there again to shoot the first Black cheerleader to shake her pom poms for the then Los Angeles Rams.

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Authors Get to Know the Real Arnon Milchan

Next week, a must-read for Hollywood aficionados arrives in bookstores: Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan. Written by brothers-in-law Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman, the Geffen Books release details the incredible transition made by Milchan from international arms dealer to prolific, Oscar nominated movie producer.

Going into the project, the authors realized their subject would take about as kindly to the book as Oprah Winfrey did to Kitty Kelley‘s recent bio. So they opted for the strategy of writing the book in full, secretly, and then alerting Milchan. Once the book was completed in 2009, it did not take long for the pair to hook up with their subject. Per an essay by the authors on

Milchan requested a series of meetings over the matter, which ended up involving many cigarettes, herbal teas, shots of tequila, and Stella beer. We met his wife Amanda and his new child Shimon (named after Shimon Peres), his butler John, and other friends and family in the casual setting of his Malibu home, the former residence of acclaimed director John Frankenheimer, and the house where Robert Kennedy stayed the night before his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel the following morning.

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This Kennedy Has Kind Words for Schwarzenegger

There’s a glimmer of good news today for the deposed Governor of Californication, via column “Pop Tarts.” The National Fitness Hall of Fame in Minooka, Illinois has decided NOT to expel Schwarzenegger from its ranks, despite some strong sentiments from many polled members.

Arnold was inducted in 2005, and per an email announcement yesterday from the organization’s founder John Figarelli, a decision has been made to keep the Austrian Oak firmly planted in the exhibit. FishbowlLA also couldn’t help notice this ironic little bit of endorsement in Hollie McKay‘s report:

Robert Kennedy, who publishes such titles as Muscle Mag, Oxygen, and Maximum Fitness, and counts himself a close friend of Schwarzenegger for over 44 years, concurred. “Arnold was known and admired for his bodybuilding over a considerable time span, so basically this scandal will only impact very, very minimally,” Kennedy said. “We run every issue of Muscle Magazine International with an Arnold column. We’ve been doing that two-page piece in every issue and we will keep that going. He’s still very popular in the bodybuilding world.”

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39630613-04194604.jpgRFK Remembered: Joe Mozingo‘s piece about David Steiner, former campaign manager for RFK, is incredibly compelling — especially paired with Katy Newton‘s interview with Steiner, who speaks about Robert Kennedy‘s assassination for the first time publicly since the shooting 40 years ago.

30306866.jpgFive Stages of Blogger Genius: Andrw Malcolm cleverly and intelligently dissects Hillary Clinton‘s decisions in a brilliant post about five stages of political grief. Clearly, Clinton is a bit stuck in Denial.

260175.jpgGood Intentions? Bill Plaschke has a lot of interesting things to say about the Lakers. But not so interesting that we’d want to see a video of him talking, pushed up against a dingy white wall in a room with bad acoustics. C’mon guys.