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July 7, 2001 | MEG JAMES and DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The letter began innocently enough. "We are delighted that you have agreed to take on the challenge of leading the Screen Actors Guild." But the nine actors who wrote this letter to John F. Cooke ignited a controversy that prompted Cooke to back out of the job Thursday, 10 days after accepting it, leaving the fractious union without an executive director.
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July 7, 2001 | MEG JAMES and DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The letter began innocently enough. "We are delighted that you have agreed to take on the challenge of leading the Screen Actors Guild." But the nine actors who wrote this letter to John F. Cooke ignited a controversy that prompted Cooke to back out of the job Thursday, 10 days after accepting it, leaving the fractious union without an executive director.
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NEWS
November 14, 1996 | Associated Press
A study of why Americans are "so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things" will begin next year, former Education Secretary William J. Bennett and retiring Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) announced Wednesday. Bennett and Nunn announced the formation of a 25-member National Commission on Civic Renewal. It will be underwritten by a $950,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, named last week as chief executive of the Screen Actors Guild, said Thursday that he won't be taking the job after all. Cooke, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, was named to the expanded chief executive job June 25 after a search that spanned four months and 200 candidates. Members of the SAG executive search committee and more than half of the 105 board members voted unanimously to appoint Cooke, who is currently an executive vice president at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, named last week as chief executive of the Screen Actors Guild, said Thursday that he won't be taking the job after all. Cooke, a former Walt Disney Co. executive, was named to the expanded chief executive job June 25 after a search that spanned four months and 200 candidates. Members of the SAG executive search committee and more than half of the 105 board members voted unanimously to appoint Cooke, who is currently an executive vice president at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1999 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, Walt Disney Co.'s executive vice president for corporate affairs and one of Disney Chairman Michael Eisner's top advisors, will leave Disney after 15 years to become a top executive at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 1987
Garrison Keillor's public radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion," will become a weekly TV variety series in March on the Disney Channel. John F. Cooke, president of the Disney Channel, and William Kling, president of Minnesota Public Radio, said the two-hour weekly radio program of music and storytelling will debut as a TV series March 7 on the pay-television channel. "The visual aspect of the show has delighted its theater audiences for more than 12 years," said Kling.
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February 4, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Garrison Keillor's public radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion" soon will keep people company on cable television, too. John F. Cooke, president of the Disney Channel, and William Kling, president of Minnesota Pubic Radio, said Tuesday the two-hour weekly radio program of music and storytelling will become a series beginning March 7 on the pay-television channel. "The visual aspect of the show has delighted its theater audiences for more than 12 years," said Kling.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2001 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran studio executive and lawyer A. Robert Pisano was hired late Monday night as the Screen Actors Guild's chief executive and national executive director of the industry's largest union representing actors. Pisano fills a void created when SAG's first choice, former Walt Disney Co. executive John F. Cooke, abruptly bailed out of the job in July, 10 days after accepting it. The vote by SAG directors was 80 to 20 to hire Pisano.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2001 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actress Melissa Gilbert announced Wednesday that she plans to run for president of the Screen Actors Guild, vowing to end the bitter infighting plaguing Hollywood's main acting union. Best known as a star of the 1970s TV drama "Little House on the Prairie" as well as numerous TV movies, Gilbert, 37, said she wants to end the personal agendas and attacks bogging down the 98,000-member union. "There are no sides here. We're all members of the same union," she said.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1999 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John F. Cooke, Walt Disney Co.'s executive vice president for corporate affairs and one of Disney Chairman Michael Eisner's top advisors, will leave Disney after 15 years to become a top executive at the J. Paul Getty Trust.
NEWS
November 14, 1996 | Associated Press
A study of why Americans are "so cynical, so distressed, so angry, so ticked off about so many things" will begin next year, former Education Secretary William J. Bennett and retiring Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) announced Wednesday. Bennett and Nunn announced the formation of a 25-member National Commission on Civic Renewal. It will be underwritten by a $950,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
NEWS
June 11, 1995 | MARY LOU LOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twelve cities will stage galas for the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. And Los Angeles' will be first, Feb. 8. The national museum will celebrate its birthday on the road, so to speak, says Marcia Hobbs, who is on the gala committee. Just getting started on L.A.'s festivities are gala chairs Dona Kendall and Eli Broad. They met before Kendall flew off for a vacation to Chantilly, France. She'll return July 4 and go into action.
NEWS
May 22, 1994 | MARY LOU LOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Phyllis (Mrs. J. Michael) Hennigan of Hancock Park takes over the three-year presidency of the Blue Ribbon at the Music Center from Sandra Ausman on July 1. The 650-member Ribbon, founded by Dorothy Chandler in 1968, raises $1.7 million annually, making the presidency one of the most prestigious volunteer jobs in the city. Surprise: Longtime bachelor (and former president of the Bachelors), civic leader-lawyer John Welborne will marry Boston architect Martha Lampkin in Los Angeles in October.
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