Vietnam War Vets Reconnect With Their 1960s Pen Pals For a Museum Donation

(Photo Credit: Jaclyn Nash, National Museum of American History)

Former students from Yorkship Family School reunited to donate Vietnam War-era artifacts to the American History Museum. Eight of them visited the museum on November 14 with their teacher and Joe Meskaitis, a Vietnam War veteran. (Photo: Jaclyn Nash, National Museum of American History)

“Like many school groups last Friday, Mrs. Jerry Davis’ fourth graders marched through the halls of the National Museum of American History. The group was from Camden, New Jersey, but their journey was more than just a school bus ride; Davis’ students are now in their late 50s and recently reconnected over items they had saved from a pen pal program [with soldiers] that began during the Vietnam War. The teacher and former students donated the items to the Smithsonian on Friday, November 14.” Read more about this remarkable event that reconnected students and soldiers.

 

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Experience Talks 11/22: Bobbee Zeno Thanksgiving Rewind featuring The EJ Jackson Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway

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Saturday 11/22 @ 8 AM PT

Bobbee Zeno Thanksgiving Rewind: The EJ Jackson Foundation  Annual Turkey Giveaway featuring EJ Jackson, Tony King, and Lyn Tavai with Host Bobbee Zeno

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THE EJ JACKSON FOUNDATION marks its 32nd year of community service through its Annual Turkey Giveaway event. More than 10,000 turkey dinners will be given to families, many who line up well in advance of the distribution date, which is November 25th this year. The location is 3669 West Slaluson Avenue in Los Angeles.

 

Volunteers and donors are welcome! Call Lyn Tavai at (800) 522-9955 or email theejjacksonfoundation@yahoo.com.

Get more information on the foundation’s website, and be sure to watch the video below to see the 2013 giveaway in action.

Bobbee Zeno was a supporter of this important event so, in his honor, this week’s show features his 2012 interview with E.J. Jackson, Lyn Tavai of the E.J. Jackson Foundation, and donor/volunteer Tony King (actor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member from the Buffalo Bills).

ALSO ON THIS SHOW:

Experience Talks Host Cynthia Friedlob provides information about places throughout Los Angeles that offer free Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving day. [UPDATE: See list below the video.]

Here’s our list. All of these worthy efforts require volunteers and donors. Please contact them if you’d like to help!

The LA Mission serves 4,000 meals and distributes blankets and tarps in preparation for the colder winter months. 303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles.

The Fred Jordan Mission‘s annual Thanksgiving banquet will serve turkey dinners to more than 2,000 homeless men, women and children on Skid Row. The meal starts at 1:00 a.m. on Fifth Street in downtown L.A. This willbe their 70th celebration.

The Midnight Mission‘s annual Thanksgiving Street Festival will serve about 2,000 meals from 10 AM to 1 PM.  601 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles.

For four decades, Union Station Homeless Services has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 AM to 3 PM, 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena.

The Temple Beth Hillel Brotherhood leads the entire congregation in a day of service.  They prepare a Thanksgiving meal for hundreds of local families in need. This is the 14th year for the Feast. 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village.

Westside Thanksgiving says thanks to New Directions for Veterans and the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System for hosting their annual dinner this year. Westside has three decades of tradition serving the community with a free sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. They also provide haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, and a children’s carnival. The VA is off Wilshire Blvd., just west of the 405 Freeway. Head to the north campus, near the New Directions building.

 

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John Richardson: Picasso’s Biographer

 (Photo Credit: François Halard)

(Photo Credit: François Halard)

“He saw the camera from the word go as something he could use,” says Picasso’s biographer Sir John Richardson, 90, who curated “Picasso & the Camera” exhibition now open at Gagosian Gallery in New York, the fifth Picasso show that Richardson has organised for the gallery. Read more about the show here. Read a 2013 interview with Richardson here, and get a glimpse into his personal life on his Connecticut estate here.

 

 

 

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Madame Wu Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Madame Wu“Kirk and Anne Douglas sent regrets. But Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer, was there. Nancy Kwan, who starred in 1961’s ‘Flower Drum Song,’ came, as did two elderly granddaughters of Sun Yat-sen, the revolutionary who helped overthrow the Qing dynasty and create modern China. Other guests traveled from Singapore and the south of France to fete a grande dame of the Los Angeles culinary scene: Madame Sylvia Wu, who for nearly 40 years dished up Chinese delicacies to presidents, stars and dignitaries from around the world.”

Madame Wu’s Garden was the place to find fine Chinese food in an ambiance that catered to the stars. At 100 (by Chinese calculations; 99 by ours), “she’s fit, she’s dressed, she’s bejeweled and ready to go to lunch every day at 1 p.m.”  Read more here, and check out her website, too. She’s also an author and philanthropist.

 

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David Hockney: Back in the Studio in Los Angeles

David Hockney photographed at his Los Angeles home and studio by Steve Schofield for the Observer New Review.

David Hockney photographed at his Los Angeles home and studio by Steve Schofield for the Observer New Review.

David Hockney returned to Los Angeles in the summer of 2013, after eight years living in England, mostly in Bridlington, east Yorkshire. He’s now 77, and remains as engaged in his art as when he first began painting. “When I’m working, I feel like Picasso, I feel I’m 30. When I stop I know I’m not, but when I paint, I stand up for six hours a day and yeah, I feel I’m 30. Picasso said that, from the age of 30 to 90, he always felt 30 when he painted.” Read more here. Also, a new feature-length documentary opens in the UK this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden: Still Once a Month

Billy Joel and Elton John in Concert“It looks like Billy Joel’s record-setting Madison Square Garden residency will go on for a while. Joel has said that he would continue the run as long as fans were interested. Well, on Friday, the overwhelming majority of more than 70,000 tickets to his monthly concert series at The Garden were sold as soon as they went on sale.” Read more here, and read a New Yorker profile here. Also, Billy Joel will be honored this week with the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and ASCAP’s first Centennial Award.

 

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Worth Repeating: Polka Lovers: One for You!

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 11/8/13:

Even if you’re not a fan of polka music, you’ll enjoy this upbeat 3:30 PBS video interview with Marge Ford. She’s been playing, teaching, writing and performing polka music since she formed the Alaska Polka Chips in 1977.

 

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Margaret Keane, the Real Painter of the Big-Eyed Children

(Photo Credit: Robert Gumpert for the Guardian)

(Photo Credit: Robert Gumpert for the Guardian)

“In the 1960s, Walter Keane was feted for his sentimental portraits that sold by the million. But in fact, his wife Margaret was the artist, working in virtual slavery to maintain his success. She tells her story, now the subject of a Tim Burton biopic.” Read more here.

The Keane fraud was made public in 1970 when Margaret Keane claimed that she was the artist behind the “wide-eyed waifs” and brought a slander suit against her husband when he accused her of taking credit for his work because she thought he was dead. After painting for the jury and presenting them with examples of her work from her childhood, she was awarded $4 million for emotional distress and a damaged reputation. Margaret is now 87 years old.

 

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Experience Talks 11/15: Henry Jaglom and Chris Farrell

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Saturday 11/15 @ 8 AM PT

HENRY JAGLOM and CHRIS FARRELL

talk with Host Tim Carpenter

Henry Jaglom

HENRY JAGLOM trained with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio in New York, where he acted, wrote and directed off-Broadway theater and cabaret before settling in Hollywood in the late 1960s. Henry has created 19 films, including Someone to Love, New Year’s Day, and Eating.  He has also penned five plays, and the book My Lunches with Orson tells of his conversations with the late Orson Welles. Tim Carpenter talks to Henry Jaglom about his new play, Train to Zakopane. Learn more on his website.

Chris Farrell

CHRIS FARRELL is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated weekly personal finance show on NPR. Chris is also economics correspondent for Marketplace, the largest business program in broadcasting. He is contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine and author of the books Right on the Money and Deflation. Tim Carpenter talks to Chris Farell about his newest book, Unretirement, about the changing face of work as we get older.

 

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Art Wolfe, Conservation Photographer

Art WolfeArt Wolfe’s conservation photography career has spanned five decades. His goal has always been to win support for conservation issues by “focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth.” Wolfe, who has authored an impressive number of published books, has a new one available now: “Earth Is My Witness is the most extensive collection of Art Wolfe photography ever compiled. This lavishly produced work spans the globe, bringing the beauty of the planet’s fast-disappearing landscapes, wildlife, and cultures into stunning focus.” Read an interview with Wolfe here on Smithsonian.com.
Below is one of his photos from the new book.

 

Art Wolfe - Karo warriors

 

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