September 22, 2004
Steve Virgen If Mike McLean never became famous, he would be OK with that. Just because he has been studying to be an actor doesn't necessarily mean he wants fame or celebrity status. And even though a day in his life will be highlighted on television tonight in a program called "American Talent" on KCET, the teenager -- one of only 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts in the nation -- is keeping his cool. "If I start thinking about how huge an event is, I start freaking out," said McLean, 18. "I try to stay calm."
July 18, 2005
Elia Powers Teens and 20-somethings are normal targets for television shows. Baby boomers are the ones usually calling the shots. Now it's time for a different demographic to have its time on camera. Producers at PBS Kids are turning to grandparents for the taping of multiple three-minute segments that will accompany its Emmy award-winning television program, "Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks." They have invited more than a dozen grandparents -- mostly immigrants -- to a San Fernando Valley studio for filming of casual conversations that begin airing in the fall.
January 3, 2008
Newport Beach resident and party planner Brian Dobbin never imagined he would have to face Bengal tigers and put on a smile for the television cameras while planning ritzy soirees for the upper echelons of Newport Beach society when he and a friend began catering parties out of the back of two Volkswagens some 20 years ago. “Being in the presence of a 600-pound Bengal tiger is completely terrifying and humbling at the same time,” Dobbin...
August 27, 2005
Judging by the response to my Aug. 20 column, I believe it's safe to say that everyone is now back from vacation. I was beginning to wonder what it was going to take to get some momentum going on a good argument. What finally got things rolling was a favorite subject of mine, for which I can thank Joe Bell for initiating. The Communications Act of 1934 forbade noncommercial broadcasters (in this case, stations such as KOCE) from airing advertisements defined as messages that "promote any service, facility or product" for profit.
April 20, 2009
You have to wonder about the sanity of a person who, after seeing no measurable results after 10 years of trying, will keep trying to make something work. Call it passion, call it obsession, call it whatever you want. I prefer to call it just plain stubbornness. Being stubborn is an underrated quality. Stubbornness is, in fact, not a bad trait but a good one. Just think of all the inventions and innovations we have because some people were stubborn. Thomas Edison conducted more than 6,000 experiments to perfect the light bulb and 10,296 experiments on perfecting a nickel/iron storage battery.
June 18, 2005
An accomplished writer, photographer, dancer, actress and model, Newport Beach's Nancy Robison has worn many hats throughout her lifetime. She has had 70 published books. Several of her photographs were published in a Newport Beach photography book. She spent two years working as a dancer at the Biltmore Bowl with Dorothy Dorben and the Adorables, and also has a long list of television shows and movies she's worked on. Along with her many careers, Robison, 71, has raised four children and has been married to the same man, Robert Robison, for 51 years.
March 25, 2000
o7 "The most important thing we've learned, so far as children are concerned, is never, NEVER, NEVER let them near your television set -- or better still, just don't install the idiotic thing at all."f7 -- From "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl A wise man once said, "There's nothing wrong with beating a dead horse. It's good exercise and the horse certainly doesn't mind." With that in mind, and with apologies to my colleague Joe Bell, it's time to talk about television.
September 20, 2008
For television trivia buffs, we just celebrated an anniversary of sorts — Sept. 14, 1985, was the television premiere of “The Golden Girls.” Estelle Getty, Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan starred in this award-winning comedy for seven seasons. The highly acclaimed sitcom showcased the concerns and escapades of four distinctive, aging women. When Estelle Getty died this summer, fans everywhere mourned her loss. Reruns of the “The Golden Girls” can still be seen on television and DVD, of course.
March 2, 2004
"I'm an international student here from Sweden and I want to work freelance as a music video editor. This is the first step, then I want to take more advanced classes." TAMARA SAYINER, 30, Costa Mesa "I'm not a film major, but I wanted to learn editing for some projects. I'm active in the student sociologists' club and I like to be involved in making documentaries." RAQUEL S-SABOOR, 23, Fullerton "[I want to learn this] for my future career.