12 years ago, for the first time in their 200 year history, the San Fernando Valley gathered together to celebrate their leaders in business, education, arts and entertainment. The following were this year’s honorees that were recognized at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood: The Walt Disney Company, Business Honoree; Woodbury University, Education Honoree; and the Iconic Television Series “Laugh In,” Entertainment Honoree. A trio of deserving and celebrated winners! The Master of Ceremonies for the spirited evening was Bob Eubanks, who was host of the Newlywed Game for four decades, and a marvelous touch to the evening.
Seated at our table for dinner were Dr. Walter Mosher, Jr., Drs. Doug and Phyllis Cremer, Dr. Karen Smith, Dr. Richard Nordin and Dr. Kenneth and Rose Nielsen. Bravo for a splendid event!
At a recent computer exposition (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry, and stated: “If General Motors had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that get 1,000 miles to the gallon.”
In response to Bill’s comments, GM issued a press release stating: “If General Motors had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:
- For no reason whatsoever, your car will crash twice a day.
- Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
- Occasionally your car would die on the freeway, for no reason, and you would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart, and re-open the windows before you could continue. For some reason, you would simply accept this.
- Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down, and refuse to start, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
- McIntosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive—but would run on only 5% of the roads.
- The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “General Protection Fault” warning light.
- The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?” before deploying.
- Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out, and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
- Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
- You’d have to press the “start” button to turn the engine off.
Wipe the stardust from your eyes and relax while we tell you about celebrating the merry Fourth (or Firecracker Day) at the Wilshire Country Club. We sat and supped with a lot of good friends for fun and food. Tablemates included Fluff and Sandy McLean (she is president of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society, and past president of the Ebell Club), Rev. Donald Colhour (Senior Minister of the Wilshire Christian Church, foremost authority on Marshall McCluen), Media is the Message, Andrew Hutchison (head of the local office of Edward Jones Investments) and his charming wife Hedy and their son Rhett, Drs. Kenneth and Elisabeth Laderinan (microbiologists), their son and daughter, Christopher and Alexandra, and Leslie Robinson (president of Diversified Painting Contractors and Restoration Projects).
It was also a time to celebrate the births of five wee ones: Skye Terrier puppies born to Victoria, our champion black Skye Terrier. The four girls and one little boy are adorable.