CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1994
Paul Clarke did a marvelous job at recounting various events brought into his Washington home via television ("Gathering at the TV for a Communal Experience," July 17). However, it is important to remember that Southern Californians were the first to experience the medium's ability to bring people together. On April 9 and 10, 1949, Southlanders were transfixed by the effort to rescue 3 1/2-year-old Kathy Fiscus, who had fallen into a San Marino well. The legendary late television pioneer Klaus Landsberg dispatched a mobile unit and reporters Stan Chambers and Bill Welsh for what was destined to become 27 hours of continuous live coverage of an unscheduled news event.
January 9, 1994
With all respect to Glenn Ackerman of the Los Angeles Police Department, who is quoted in your Dec. 18 story regarding Heidi Fleiss, he created an impression that is not consistent with the facts. The LAPD does arrest persons who wish to be customers of prostitutes. Through the years the Hollywood Division of LAPD has had female officers walk on Sunset Boulevard. When a person approaches them and solicits an act of prostitution nearby officers are alerted and the person is arrested.
January 11, 1992
I believe if Howard Rosenberg checks the videotape of KTTV's coverage of the Rose Parade, he will find I said, "This is no place for a political statement" ("1992 Floats In on Hot Air of Parade Talk, Talk, Talk," Jan. 3). Seems to me if he had quoted me correctly it would have degutted his ensuing comments. BILL WELSH KTTV-TV Los Angeles
May 17, 1991 |
The prefix "veteran KTTV commentator" is used so consistently to describe Bill Welsh that it could be an unofficial part of his name. But it's the license plates on Welsh's white Oldsmobile sedan that more accurately describe his status-about-town. The plates, which were given to Welsh by his wife after hearing him introduced the same way at countless local dinners, identify him simply as "MR HLLWD."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1991 |
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has ousted its president, Larry Kaplan, throwing the beleaguered organization into disarray at a critical point in the movie capital's history. As Los Angeles city officials try to revive their stalled $922-million Hollywood redevelopment effort, they have relied on the politically savvy Kaplan and the chamber as key organizers of film industry and business support. But the chamber, the third-largest in Los Angeles County, has been beset by its own problems.
March 24, 1990
Every person in radio and television sports broadcasting is able to do a better job because of Tom Harmon. In 1958, he gathered together a group of sports announcers to end the second-class citizenship under which we worked. We had to wait outside press conference rooms after major sports events until the print media representatives had concluded their questioning of players and coaches. Then we were allowed to conduct a second press conference with fatigued athletes. Getting locations at many sports events found us pushed away from the center of action in favor of the print media.