BACK AT THE OK CORRAL (The Bel Air Hotel), on October 16th

Yes, we were back at the old home stand, and it really felt comfortable.
Some of those who arrived after we were seated had to be reminded to pick up their victuals at the Buffet, but it was certainly a nice spread and the dessert table was indeed impressive. It s not clear to YOE whether this Buffer is a one-timer or not, but we will certainly find out next week, right?

PP HOMER NEWMAN led the Pledge, first noting that we could still use the under God portion, at least for now. PP JIM DOWNIE and JACK HARRIS took us through The Battle Hymn and despite JACK S assumptions as to our familiarity with the words, there were some who didn't really belt it out. RAY ZICKFELD followed, with the Invocation, which he had given not too long before. These were sermon titles by the then-Minister at Wilshire Methodist Church, during the 50 s. Among them was Begin at the Finish , Be a Winning Loser , Remember to Forget , and my favorite, The World is run by those who are criticized, not by the critics .
Certainly there is something there for all of us to take to heart.

MAX LICHTENBERGER came up with a Visiting Rotarian, Kirk Wickersham, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska.

There were several guests AL BELLANCA had his friend, Irwin Chamage, who also knows our Speaker. I introduced my guest, Shane Waarboeck, who is with Merrill Lynch in the same office as LEO TSENG. Shane is a recent graduate of UCLA, and is, as they say, looking us over . I must here make a personal appeal, not to hold against Shane the person who is sponsoring him Pres. PETER noted that we were BAACK at Bel Air and just to put that in perspective, the four weeks we missed here were the first in the 41 years we have been meeting here. That long ago, JFK was President, Pat Brown was Governor, and our Sexy Prexy was JIM COLLINS (who is now our Senior PP). Pres. PETER was in middle school in Hong Kong, and LEE DUNAYER was still in diapers!

PP ERIC LOBERG (1982- 83) came forward to enlighten us on his year at the helm, that long ago. I ve said before that ERIC is a genuinely funny man, and he combined that humor with some pertinent observations.
He noted that the primary motto of Rotary is Service above Self, and that seemed clear until he began comparing the word Service with some of its appendages Internal Revenue, Postal, Civil - and this became confusing to our speaker. However, it all came into focus when he heard two farmers talking about a bull they were using to service some of their cows. Isn t vocabulary wonderful? ERIC then listed the First Place Awards we received during his year - and we got em ALL, except for International, where we were second. All this combined to provide us with the Best Large Club Award!

ERIC S year came after JOHN SINGLETON, and was followed by ROY BELOSIC. He noted that JOHN went to Sao Paulo, and ROY to Rome, which he could only manage Dallas for the Convention but he didn t feel too badly, considering that JIM COLLINS only got a bus ticket to the Convention Center in downtown LA! He passed along the proven recipe for a happy marriage you must find a woman who makes good money, a woman who likes to cook and clean, and a woman who enjoys sex and it is important that these three women never meet! Eric concluded with some warm thoughts for the continued success of Pres. PETER, bearing in mind that the Best year is permanently held by SUNNY JIM SUMNER. ERIC, your excellent preparation for this overview shows - Well Done!

Our Annual Golf Tournament was this past Monday, the 13th. It was held at Los Angeles Country Club with PP STEVE SCHERER and WLA/Brentwood PP CLARK McQUAY as the co-chairs, and they had a lot of awards to present.
The lst Team (low net, 61) was composed of MIKE YOUSEM, BRUCE ROLF, PP MIKE NEWMAN, and ED JACKSON.

2nd Team was KEVIN KOMATSU, GOERGE COX, ANDY ANDERSON and GORDON FELL. Longest drive (275 yds) was by KEVIN, and he also made the longest putt on the 18th hole.

Closest to the pin on #11 was who else, but KEVIN, closest to the pin on #17 was GORDON FELL. The Team Putting Winners were CHRIS BRADFORD, BOB FLICK, MIKE YOUSEM, JIM BEHCTEL and GORDON FELL. There were several Extraordinary Performance Awards, led off by the Early Bird Award, won by Ed Jackson who arrived one week early! TONY MARRONE got the Saddam Hussein Award, which he earned by hitting the golf cart containing our two Co-Chairs, with his ball. Not to be outdone, LEE DUNAYER earned the Ghost Award, after he disappeared completely from view. And the Most Inspirational Award was won, hands down, by PP GEORGE DEA. The LACC hosts were AL BELLANCA, PP JIM COLLINS, PP STEVE SCHERER, CLARK McQUAY, BRUCE ROLF, TONY MARRONE, and GEORGE COX. And the final Special Awards were to our four New Members who participated CHRIS BRADFORD, GORDON FELL, BOB FLICK and ED GAULD. Sounds like a good time was enjoyed by all

PP MIKE NEWMAN called attention to the upcoming Induction of all members who have joined since the first of the year this will be in two weeks, on October 30th, and MIKE would appreciate your calling him so he can be sure he has your name and your sponsors name correctly listed. The Yearling Breakfast will be next Tuesday, the 21st, at 0730 at the Holiday Inn on Sunset at the 405. Be sure you have reserved with HARLAN LEWIS, since he needs a final count for the chef and a reminder this is a real opportunity to share our many supportive thoughts with new members, so I urge those of you have maybe haven t attended recently to come aboard, please.

AL BELLANCA introduced our speaker and his old friend, Bob Schiller. Bob paired with Bob Weiskopf for over fifty years, and as a team they wrote much of the material for I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Maude, Flip Wilson, Carol Burnett and during this time they received two Emmy s, two Writers Guild of America awards, three TV Academy Awards, three TV Writers Awards, the Peabody Award, and the Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award for their body of work in television.

This will be a trip down Memory Lane for all of us, especially us seniors

Bob began by relating the story of the woman who came into the Pharmacy and asked for some arsenic so she could poison her husband. The pharmacist pointed out that he couldn t provide this, whereupon the woman showed him a photo of two people in bed. She identified the man as her husband and the woman as the wife of the pharmacist.

So the pharmacist then said, Oh, you have a prescription . Bob always wanted to write, and did so for the junior high, high school, and UCLA papers.
When he got out of the army, after five years, he hooked on with Duffy s Tavern. He had a $50 tryout and pointed out that in radio, a smile will get you fired to keep your job you needed a laugh!

Ed Gardner was the star, owned the show, and he was tight his routine was to fire you and then rehire you, and Bob pointed out that Gardner was cheap, but funny.

After four years with Duffy s Tavern, he and Weiskopf moved on to the Ozzie and Harriet Show. Another rule a joke needs a physical response. He was fired, and when he asked why, they said he was just too nice!

Moving into TV, they worked on the Abbott and Costello Shows, plus Danny Thomas and Ed Wynn, and the Red Buttons Show. His prescription for success as a comedy writer get a good typewriter and a funny partner!
Working for the Lucy Show was rewarding, since she loved writers (not a common emotion among actresses) and thanked them publicly for their contributions.
Desk was a good producer. The writers called one show, the Dike Van Dick Show.

On the Ed Sullivan Show, Bob was sitting with Orson Welles, and they were watching Lucy rehearse. Welles allowed as how Lucy was the best actress there was, period.

Bob Hope was quoted as saying it was a writers dream to work on the Lucy show.
For three years they wrote for the Red Skelton Show.
This was hectic, since Skelton helicoptered in and out to do the show and like so many other times, they were fired from this show, also. When they were writing for the Carol Burnett Show, the head writer wouldn t use their stuff so they sent it over to Flip Wilson, and he hired them.
Wilson was an unusual performer his public persona was totally different from his private behavior, which was quite aloof.

They moved into the sitcom field with Maude, and from there to All in the Family, in which the show won seven Emmys in the eight years it ran. Bob isn t a fan of Mel Brooks s comedy, and this was illustrated by two opinions on one of his films. One critic said it was the worst piece of crap he had ever seen, and the other said it was the best Brooks had ever done. Bob felt that both comments were right on!

Bob Schiller, you can come back anytime it was great to have you with us.

YOE, Ernie Wolfe