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March 2, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
NBC weatherman Willard Scott indirectly joked on the "Today" show Wednesday about a Bryant Gumbel memo that sharply criticized him, but said off the air that the morning-show host's remarks had "cut like a knife." "I feel so sorry that it happened," he added in an interview, referring to a published report Tuesday that disclosed Gumbel's 5-month-old memo, which had been intended as a private one for "Today" executive producer Marty Ryan.
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September 5, 2000 | ERIC STEPHENS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Willard "Bubba" Scott, a member of the famed 1969 USC defensive line nicknamed the "Wild Bunch," died Friday at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 53. Scott was a part of arguably the most prosperous period in USC football history. In 1969, he teamed with All-Americans Al Cowlings and Jimmy Gunn, Charlie Weaver and the late Tody Smith to form a defensive front that powered the Trojans to a 10-0-1 record and a win over Michigan in the 1970 Rose Bowl.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1988 | RICK SHERWOOD
Call him a big lug and Willard Scott, the "Today" show weather guru who has turned his morning reports into fireside sewing sessions, doesn't even flinch. "I try to go to the line to make people laugh and sometimes I go too far," he says of the Everybody's Pal persona he brings to his daily appearances on NBC's morning news program. "Everything I do looks like it just falls into place, so maybe they don't realize that part of what I do is make it fall into place.
SPORTS
October 4, 1993 | MAL FLORENCE
Coming off a recent Senior PGA Tour victory, Lee Trevino jokingly said he is going to play forever. "We're going to have a Super Super Super Super Super Seniors section," he said. "If you win when you're 95, you get a 30-year exemption." And there will be another section for even older players, those at 105 and up. "There'll only be three players in the field," Trevino said. "They'll play one hole a day for three days and the winner is the guy who can remember his score."
NEWS
February 28, 1989
"Today" show co-host Bryant Gumbel complained in an in-house memo that weatherman Willard Scott's antics are in "bad taste" and that Gene Shalit's film reviews are often late, a newspaper reported today. Almost no one associated with television's No. 1 morning news show escaped reproach except co-anchor Jane Pauley, who is not mentioned in the memo to Marty Ryan, executive producer of the NBC program, New York Newsday said.
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April 28, 1991
There was never any problem with Deborah Norville. The real national hardship is Bryant Gumbel, whose legendary arrogance and transparent political bias are enough to ruin anybody's morning. We want Willard Scott, we want Willard Scott. Robert Curlender, Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1990
"Today" co-host Deborah Norville told viewers today that she's pregnant and her baby is due March 6. Norville, who in January became Bryant Gumbel's co-host on the NBC show, is married to art dealer Karl Wellner. Norville, 32, didn't say how long she planned to continue working, or how much time she might take off after her child is born. Weatherman Willard Scott greeted the news by singing a lullaby and saying, "March 6--do you know what famous American has a birthday on March 7?"
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September 4, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Just Dial WILLARD: NBC News is getting into the weather information business. Starting Tuesday, NBC's Weatherline will provide daily 24-hour global weather information to callers who dial (900) WILLARD (named for "Today" show weatherman Willard Scott). Calls cost 95 cents a minute and average two minutes. NBC will donate its proceeds to charity.
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March 3, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
USA Today readers love "Today" weatherman Willard Scott, who found himself in the eye of a storm this week after a blustery private memo written by the show's co-host Bryant Gumbel surfaced, charging that Scott is "killing" the program with "whims, wishes, birthdays and bad taste." In a hot-line poll printed Thursday, the newspaper reported that 27,300 think Scott is a plus to the show, while only 854 said he's a minus.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1989
An NBC executive has vowed to fire whoever leaked Gumbel's memo ("The Gumbel Rumble: His Memo Irks Cast, Crew of 'Today' Show," March 1). Isn't this the same NBC that calls the White House repressive when it hunts for leakers? Of course, the White House is dealing only with national security--nothing compared to the reputations of David Horowitz, Gene Shalit and Willard Scott. DAVID KOLPACOFF El Cajon
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September 4, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Just Dial WILLARD: NBC News is getting into the weather information business. Starting Tuesday, NBC's Weatherline will provide daily 24-hour global weather information to callers who dial (900) WILLARD (named for "Today" show weatherman Willard Scott). Calls cost 95 cents a minute and average two minutes. NBC will donate its proceeds to charity.
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July 10, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Who has automatic entree to television? Just about anyone with a big movie to promote. The small screen's hunger for star presence is ravenous. Is anyone else fed up with this phenomenon, disgusted by the way TV climbs inside the pockets of press agents and their clients by embracing stars with movies to promote merely for the privilege of displaying their mugs in front of the camera? The bigger the star, as the scenario goes, the bigger the TV audience.
NEWS
April 28, 1991
There was never any problem with Deborah Norville. The real national hardship is Bryant Gumbel, whose legendary arrogance and transparent political bias are enough to ruin anybody's morning. We want Willard Scott, we want Willard Scott. Robert Curlender, Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1990 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The armored personnel carrier pulled up in the middle of the Saudi desert, the side-door dropped, and out came a band of American soldiers in fatigues, giving a kind of rumbling rebel yell. With an American flag the size of a three-by-five card stuck in his Crocodile Dundee hat, Willard Scott burst out of the truck behind them. "That's the sound of freedom," Scott said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1990
"Today" co-host Deborah Norville told viewers today that she's pregnant and her baby is due March 6. Norville, who in January became Bryant Gumbel's co-host on the NBC show, is married to art dealer Karl Wellner. Norville, 32, didn't say how long she planned to continue working, or how much time she might take off after her child is born. Weatherman Willard Scott greeted the news by singing a lullaby and saying, "March 6--do you know what famous American has a birthday on March 7?"
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May 27, 1989 | KEVIN BRASS
The scene: a circle of NBC production trailers in the Embarcadero Marina Park, next to Seaport Village, with the official "Today" show catamaran anchored nearby and a blimp floating overhead. Members of a roller skating troupe in black tights limber up. Sandra Bartosh, a financial planner dressed as an orangutan--the Official Media Hostess for the Convention & Visitors Bureau--walks around, acting sort of orangutanish. Two baby Nubian ibex, on loan from the San Diego Zoo, nervously stand by the main stage, looking confused, apparently wondering why they weren't given any breakfast this morning.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
In his first on-air meeting with Bryant Gumbel since the release of Gumbel's memo criticizing his "Today" show colleagues, weatherman Willard Scott today kissed Gumbel on the cheek, then got off a retaliatory shot. Scott, plugging Purina pet foods, told Gumbel that Purina "makes all kinds of food for animals. They make goat food, they make horse food." "They make it for the complete horse, so you wouldn't be interested," Scott added.
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March 14, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"Today" co-anchor Bryant Gumbel and weatherman Willard Scott were in the same studio Monday for the first time since the leak two weeks ago of Gumbel's private memo that criticized Scott and others on the NBC show. No mention was made of the much-publicized memo. The high-spirited Scott kissed Gumbel on the cheek, then jovially needled him while talking about the different kinds of animal foods made by the Purina company.
NEWS
March 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
In his first on-air meeting with Bryant Gumbel since the release of Gumbel's memo criticizing his "Today" show colleagues, weatherman Willard Scott today kissed Gumbel on the cheek, then got off a retaliatory shot. Scott, plugging Purina pet foods, told Gumbel that Purina "makes all kinds of food for animals. They make goat food, they make horse food." "They make it for the complete horse, so you wouldn't be interested," Scott added.
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