October 15, 1988
As a reporter who worked for, under and with Tom Pryor at Daily Variety years ago, I enthusiastically endorse Charles Champlin's kind words about him ("The Daily Variety in Newsman's Life," Oct. 6). Pryor was indeed a "hard taskmaster"--and one who insisted that Variety's readers receive the best, most accurate, hardest-punching stories. Pryor personifies what Ben Hecht etched in "The Front Page": Don't call me a journalist, I'm a reporter! EDDIE KAFAFIAN Los Angeles Hoxsey and Cancer
August 15, 1992
It is inconceivable to us, as veteran observers of and participants in the entertainment industry, that a story could appear in the Los Angeles Times about Variety without so much as a mention of Tom Pryor. Former assistant film reviewer and motion picture editor of the New York Times, and later Hollywood bureau chief for that paper, Pryor brought Daily Variety to its preeminence as a lucid, influential and highly respected trade journal during 25 years as its editor. During his tenure, in a revolutionary move, Pryor redesigned and modernized Daily Variety's format and contents.
December 19, 1991 |
Mark Trakh, Brea-Olinda's highly successful girls' basketball coach, got some unexpected gifts after gaining his 300th career victory Saturday night in the Ladycats' 61-30 victory over Gahr. Tom Pryor, the opposing coach, presented Trakh with a hand-carved Ladycat clock, and the Brea-Olinda boosters gave him a engraved watch.
March 4, 1992 |
With a 66-43 semifinal victory over Woodbridge in hand, Cerritos Gahr Coach Tom Pryor will take his Gladiators to the girls' Southern Section II-AA basketball final, their first trip to a final since 1982, when he lost to a Riverside Poly team that included Cheryl Miller. Pryor has been to the semifinals five times since 1982, falling each time.
April 17, 1988 |
It came as quite a shock to some people when Daily Variety's usually acerbic Will Tusher was honored with the Publicists Guild's Press Award. But the aftershocks of his acceptance speech at the guild's April 8 luncheon were even greater. According to accounts: Tusher thanked God that he was a journalist--because otherwise he'd be working at Rogers & Cowan. He told the crowd to take heart because "if you fail in everything else in life, you can always become a publicist."