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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1987
It was with regret that I learned of the death of Robert (Meservey) Preston. Not having any contact with him since the War, I speak of him fondly from that perspective and experience, when he was a "raw" basic trainee in my squadron, of which I was the adjutant. We had only four weeks in 1942 to try to make soldiers out of the fine young men we received from all parts of the country. Among those assigned to my squadron (595) at Miami Beach was one Robert Meservey. Unlike some of the assignees from the movie colony and the stage and media he was a perfect "dogface" who took his basic training with pride, and without complaint.
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November 20, 1999
Re Brian Lowry's article "Success of 'Annie' May Cue Resurgence for TV Musicals," (Nov. 10): I've always believed that Robert Preston was the perfect Prof. Harold Hill in "The Music Man," but after watching the charming and charismatic Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks, I think he just might fill the bill as successor to Preston. MEREDITH LINDSEY Manhattan Beach After reading Susan King's "Annie" article Nov. 6 ("Getting Back to the Heart of Little Orphan Annie") and Lynne Heffley's accompanying review (" 'Annie's' Hard-Knock Life in Grand Disney Style")
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March 22, 1987 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
Robert Preston, whose starring role in "The Music Man" was only one high point in a film and stage career that spanned the decades from "Union Pacific" in 1938 to "The Last Starfighter" in 1984, died Saturday in Santa Barbara. He was 68, and a spokesman for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital said he had been battling lung cancer for several months, and had been hospitalized since Thursday. In a statement from Camp David, Md.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1999
Re Brian Lowry's article "Success of 'Annie' May Cue Resurgence for TV Musicals," (Nov. 10): I've always believed that Robert Preston was the perfect Prof. Harold Hill in "The Music Man," but after watching the charming and charismatic Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks, I think he just might fill the bill as successor to Preston. MEREDITH LINDSEY Manhattan Beach After reading Susan King's "Annie" article Nov. 6 ("Getting Back to the Heart of Little Orphan Annie") and Lynne Heffley's accompanying review (" 'Annie's' Hard-Knock Life in Grand Disney Style")
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Finnegan Begin Again" (debuting on HBO Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a real winner about two people who are starting to think of themselves as losers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 1988
In the current issue of TV Guide, actor Perry King says his feature film career was ruined because he took a gay role in "A Different Story" in 1978 ("Playing a homosexual really hurt my (film) career.") Gosh, we wonder how William Hurt ("Kiss of the Spider Woman"), Michael Caine ("Death Trap"), the late Robert Preston (an Oscar nominee for "Victor, Victoria"), et al., managed to find work after those pictures. . . . . . . From the It Was Bound to Happen Dept.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2003
Lesley Ann Warren will appear in "Victor/Victoria: The Comedy, the Music and the Method," a behind-the-scenes look at her critically acclaimed comedic portrayal of a gangster's moll in the film starring Julie Andrews, Robert Preston and James Garner, at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Marilyn Monroe Theatre at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. The presentation, part of "The Lee Strasberg Heritage Series," includes film clips and discussion, with commentary by Warren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1987
I remember when I was a youngster I saw the late Joe E. Brown in a movie called "Elmer the Great," which I liked very much. When I first went to Lincoln High School in 1934 there was a senior by the name of Preston Meservey who was a good actor in school plays and whenever there was a play at school that he was in it, almost everybody in school would ditch classes to see Preston in that particular play. The cost to see the plays in those days was 10 cents and believe me 10 cents was hard to get in those days, especially for me because our family was on relief at that time.
NEWS
March 22, 1987 | TED THACKREY Jr., Times Staff Writer
Robert Preston, whose starring role in "The Music Man" was only one high point in a film and stage career that spanned the decades from "Union Pacific" in 1938 to "The Last Starfighter" in 1984, died Saturday in Santa Barbara. He was 68, and a spokesman for Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital said he had been battling lung cancer for several months, and had been hospitalized since Thursday. In a statement from Camp David, Md.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Finnegan Begin Again" (debuting on HBO Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a real winner about two people who are starting to think of themselves as losers.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1995 | Compiled by Jack Searles
Xircom Inc., a Thousand Oaks producer of mobile networking systems for the personal computer market, has introduced the "Valued VAR Program," designed to strengthen the concern's links to its distributors. The program is aimed at providing valued-added resellers (VARs) with "the incentive to thrive in this increasingly competitive industry," according to Robert Preston, Xircom's vice president of sales.
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