Guest speaker Jeffrey Fleishman of the Times compared his two most recent beats_Cairo and Hollywood_in a recent speech before the OFS gang of (somewhat) retired newspaper and public relations types at the Burger Continental Restaurant in Pasadena.
Fleishman, a Pulitzer nominee, recalled that when he switched beats from the Middle East to the entertainment world, someone told him, “L.A.’s a tough town.” Fleishman replied, “No, Baghdad is a tough town.”
OFS organizer Alex Auerbach (email@example.com) also introduced Evelyn De Wolfe, who spoke briefly about the updated edition of her book, “The Life and Times of Phlange Welder,” an account of how mischievous Times folk inserted a fictional socialite into articles in the 1960s and 70s.
Also in attendance were:
Don Alpert, Greg Beckmann, Tom Bronzini, Miles Corwin, Judy Daniels, Saul Daniels, John Dart, Charlie Donaldson, Eric Donaldson, Rose Dosti, Bart Everett.
Also: Julia Franco, Bob Gibson, Esme Gibson, Carolyn Hansen, Carole HilI, Freddie Miller with son Dana, Carolyn Strickler, Sam Teaford, Coe Wilkins, and Rob Wood.