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LABC Podcast

Aug 12, 2020

Thanks for coming back for more “Ham an’ Eggs in the Age of Covid-19”! For the 5th consecutive month of life during the pandemic, we depart from the normal structure of our audio time travel expeditions into the history, happenings and colorful characters that comprise the now 95 year story of the one and only Los Angeles Breakfast Club …

You will learn things you never knew about these people, you will hear heartening tales of how they are embracing these challenging times, and you will enjoy a lot of laughs. It’s a bonus-length episode, because frankly, we all deserve a little bit more audio ham an’ eggs!

Jul 2, 2020

The show begins with a phone conversation between host Phil Leirness and announcer Marc Hershon about the reasons behind Phil’s departure from Los Angeles and the recent death of his father, as well as about an hilarious audio pilot that Marc wrote and produced (and which you can enjoy at https://succotash.libsyn.com/succotash-shut-in-epi209-special-presentation-sleevetalkers-pilot).

Legendary explorer, adventurer and hunter Frank Buck (“Bring ’em Back Alive”) was honored at the club back in the 1930’s. On this month’s show, we offer up a clip from that event, as well as a story Buck tells the assembled ham an’ eggers about headhunters in Borneo!

All that, PLUS the Don Snyder Orchestra takes us on a “Sentimental Journey” and Carole Nese wakes up our brains!

Jun 5, 2020

As he did last month, former club president Jerry Zerg gets the ball rolling, this time with the help of longtime club manager Harold Link, who speak of dark days in the club’s past, when on more than one occasion, the Los Angeles Breakfast Club was forced to give up their beloved homes. Phil Leirness and his intrepid announcer, Marc Hershon, then guide you through member birthdays and through check-ins with each of the five Breakfast Club tables …

Find out how life is treating the dais table’s Lily Leirness (who offers up a Presidential Report for the first time in months), the nurses table’s Chicago Chapter (the irrepressible Maurice and Diane Terenzio), the Konrad Monti smoking section’s Casey Schreiner (who has a new book AND some sad news to share with his L.A. friends), the 60’s Mafia table’s Bob De Wees (who updates on the the Breakfast Club’s charitable foundation), and the Roosters’ very own Rex Link.

May 2, 2020

Former club president Jerry Zerg gets the ball rolling, offering up good advice for those who have a hard time making it to our early 7 am Wednesday morning meetings in the best of times! Phil Leirness and his intrepid announcer, Marc Hershon, then guide you through member birthdays and two classic clips from presentations past – one from the year 1984, featuring the Harmony Headliners, and the other from 2016 feating a Jet Propulsion Laboratory lecture about Saturn. 

The bulk of the show involves Phil checking in with each of the five Breakfast Club tables, finding out how quarantine is treating the dais table’s Reverend Barbara Adams, the nurses table’s Myrtle Nelson, the Konrad Monti smoking section’s Celeste Hong, the 60’s Mafia table’s Carole Nese, and the Roosters’ very own Sherry Chovan.

Apr 4, 2020

Host Phil Leirness gets the ball rolling with the inspiring “My Resolution” presented at the Los Angeles Breakfast Club at the start of 1942. He and his intrepid announcer, Marc Hershon, then guide you through new member initiations, featuring individually-crafted rituals by club president Lily Leirness, and member birthdays.

Foundation president Bob DeWees then introduces Reverend Barabara Adams who takes us down the path that leads to our continuing “Adventures in Friendship” with a remarkably prescient and uplifting reading. Bob then introduces legendary NBC 4 weather forecaster (and longtime stand-up comedian) Fritz Coleman, who brings the funny. Kevin Segall introduces actor-writer Steven Banks, who offers up a song.

Mar 2, 2020

Club emcee Richard Gilson and Chicago Chapter member Diane Terenzio get the festivities started. The great Reverend Jim Brougher offers remembrances of the club’s founding. Multiple gold-winning diver Pat McCormick regales the club members in 1984 with tales of Olympic glory. The Richard Earl Orchestra offers up a toe-tapping tune. Reverend Barbara Adams ruminates on Valentine’s Day while taking us down the path that leads to our continuing “Adventures in Friendship”. 

All that plus a long-ago “banned” song, legendary actress Annette Andre sings the praises of the Breakfast Club, and beloved “Cathy” cartoonist Cathy Guisewite shares humorous pearls of wisdom. This is one birthday party you won’t want to miss!

Oct 16, 2019

During one of our longest episodes ever, we not only celebrate the history, happenings and colorful characters that comprise the 94 year story of the one and only Democracy of Ham an’ Eggs, we also say goodbye to our dear friend, and devoted Breakfast Clubber, Darrell Hughes.

We get into our audio time machine and journey to 1984 for an orchestral rendition of a song about Darrell’s home state of Pennsylvania and to be regaled with humorous anecdotes by multi-Oscar-nominated composer (and conductor) Frank De Vol.

Reverend Barbara Adams performs an invocation as she takes us down the path that leads to our continuing “Adventures in Friendship”.

Magician Michael Borys holds us spellbound.

Great L.A. Times communications specialist Darrell Kunitomi offers profoundly stirring remembrances of Darrell Hughes the teacher, educator and role model.

Robert Nichols releases Darrell from his duties as one of the Breakfast Club’s heckling roosters.

Sep 8, 2019

We were all set to release this audio time travel exploration of the history, happenings and colorful characters that comprise the 94 year story of the one and only club of hospitality when word came to us that longtime Breakfast Clubber (and former club president) Darrell Hughes had died. So, this month’s show begins with a tribute to Darrell courtesy of our beloved Reverend Barbara Adams.

Renaissance woman Mandy Lacy introduces Dr. Tilly Hinton, who celebrates the indelible geographical feature that is the Los Angeles River.

Renowned 3-D expert Eric Kurland introduces Suzanne Lloyd, the granddaughter of true Hollywood royalty, Harold Lloyd, who regales us with tales of her grandfather’s passion for 3-D photography.

Pop culture maven Kevin Segall introduces and interviews rock star turned magician Rob Zabrecky.

Aug 9, 2019

This month’s audio time travel expedition into the history, happenings and colorful characters that comprise the 94 year young story of the one and only Democracy of Ham an’ Eggs boasts historic clips featuring the “Cheerful Philosopher”, Burr McIntosh, and Co-Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Malcolm MacEachern. 

Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker (and good ham an’ egger) Steve Smith discusses Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music.

Stephen Schafer describes his archival photography work.

Author Andrea Richards details the hidden secrets of Los Angeles.

Renowned architect Frank Escher celebrates the legacy of architect John Lautner.

Jun 4, 2019

Storyteller Adam Mellema opens the proceedings with heartfelt words about what the Los Angeles Breakfast Club means to him before the delightful Sherry Chovan welcomes you to the Shrine of Friendship and to episode 27 of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” …

Because we have been away for a month, and because we will need to be skip another month, this is an extra-long show packed full of both current members and archival audio!

The great Burr McIntosh pays tribute to his friend Will Rogers in the immediate wake of that legendary Breakfast Clubber’s tragic death.

Breakfast Club Master of Ceremonies Richard Gilson and club President Lily Leirness educate us about newly initiated members Samantha and Dinah Kolasa, Kevin Segall, Manuel Rosales, Oleg Korolov, Jeffrey Burbank, Eric Kurland, and Todd Lerew. 

Apr 1, 2019

World War I hero Captain Forbes-Dennis welcomes you to episode 26 of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” with heartfelt words about the Breakfast Club, about Los Angeles, about California, and about the optimism of the American people. 

Breakfast Club Master of Ceremonies Richard Gilson and Club President Lily Leirness initiate two new members: Anita Brenner and Sabrina Parke.

Reverend Barbara Adams treats us to an Irish accent while taking us down the path that leads to our “continuing Adventures in Friendship.”

Casey Schreiner introduces Todd Lerew, who talks about the lost museums of L.A.

Kevin Cartwright introduces Nancy Gneier, who talks about that crown jewel of Griffith Park, Travel Town.

Mar 6, 2019

Host Phil Leirness gets the ball rolling on episode 25 of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” by celebrating the art of making people feel welcome …

Thanks to Musical Director Don Snyder and Super Coloratura Soprano Lucille Milliken, this episode is one of our most musical! 

Two new club members are initiated, the history of 3-D photography gets discussed by Eric Kurland, L.A.’s urban wild gets celebrated by Lynell George, and Reverend Barbara Adams counts the rings inside a tree while walking us down the path that leads to our continued “Adventures in Friendship”!

All that, plus Phil interviews one of the Breakfast Club’s most treasured members, Rex Link, who regales with stories of his father, original Breakfast Club Manager Harold Link.

Feb 9, 2019

Historic audio recapping the club’s founding and the recent initiation of one of our newest members gets the ball rolling on episode 24 of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR”.

Join host Phil Leirness, announcer Marc Hershon, club president Lily Holleman, musical director Don Snyder, club chaplain Barbara Adams, and club members Diane Terenzio, Adam Mellema, Erin Johnson, Charles Coulombe and Christopher Monger as they regale you with tales of America’s best-selling poet and “Colonel” Griffith J. Griffith (of Griffith Park fame), treat you to historic clips of The People’s Poet (Edgar A. Guest) and beloved comedian Eddie Green, teach you some Zen mindfulness (courtesy of a special guest from the Fusho Zen Institute) and along with author Jen Bilik, teach you that “This is (Not) L.A.”. 

All that, plus  we get better acquainted with the inimitable ham an’ egger Konrad Monti and we preview the next four events at the one and only Democracy of Ham an’ Eggs!

Jan 2, 2019

It’s our most unusual episode yet! Because we wanted to provide an audio “Whitman’s Sampler” of the seasonal goodness enjoyed by the Los Angeles Breakfast Club, there is no time for a trip in our audio time machine. Nor is there time to get better acquainted with a contemporary Breakfast Clubber.

Instead, Phil Leirness, Marc Hershon, Richard Gilson, Don Snyder, the Scrambled Egg Sisters, Maurice Terenzio, Steven Smith, Erynn Petrulis, Kahlil Nelson and Lily Holleman will entertain you with music, comedy and mystery! 

There are also special appearances by artist Peter Soby, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Queen and her Court, and good ham an’ egger Carole Nese, who tells a wonderful story.

Nov 14, 2018

Available later than we like, but with a running time a little bit longer than you might have hoped, the brand new episode of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” boasts new member initiations, an historic interview clip with longtime club chaplain Reverend Jim Brougher describing how he joined the club in 1930, and current chaplain Reverend Barbara Adams explaining the mythological history of black cats.

October saw the Breakfast Club produce an Encore Sunday event and you can enjoy western heritage music performances from that night, a story about the history of chili cook-offs and a tribute to that great western star and good ham an’ egger, the legendary Leo Carrillo.

Last month, in part 1 of our conversation with outgoing club members Fletch and Nancy Murray, we learned about J. Paul Getty, “life repair”, Oklahoma and more. This month, in part 2, we learn about the Murray’s camping adventures, their wedding adventure, their grown children, their ongoing filmmaking ambitions and much more.

Oct 3, 2018

Join your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, and his intrepid announcer, Marc Hershon, on another time-travel adventure through the 93 year history of the one and only Democracy of Ham an’ Eggs.

We start with a tribute to the Cryptogram before enjoying a 1935 musical performance, delighting in a 1990’s interview with Reverend Jim Brougher, and learning about “bliss” with Reverend Barabara Adams as she walks us down the path that leads to our continued “adventures in friendship”.

We hear about the Hollywoodland development, the Trousdale Estates, the Pacific Crest Trail and the history of Silverlake bohemia. 

We are treated to a breathtaking musical performance by Lily Holleman on the banks of the Mississippi Delta.

We learn about J. Paul Getty, Scientology’s “Life Repair”, and Nancy and Fletch Murray’s love of each other, of Oklahoma, and love for the Breakfast Club.

Sep 4, 2018

Join your friend in podcasting, Phil Leirness, and his intrepid announcer, Marc Hershon, on another time-travel adventure through the 93 year history of the one and only Democracy of Ham an’ Eggs.

The Bulldog Marching Band of Pasadena Junior College was a fixture at the club throughout the 1930’s and they will regale you with a couple of spirited songs.

Reverend Barbara Adams will offer up simple tips on beating stress and staying healthy as she walks us down the path that leads to our continued “adventures in friendship”.

Diana Tisue of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will describe the adventure undertaken to get Route 66 designated as a National Historic Trail.

Darrell Kunitomi of the Los Angeles Times will discuss the financial hard times that befell the famed paper and how the paper was forced to move from its historic home. He also regales us with the good news that has come courtesy of the paper’s new owner!

Jul 30, 2018

Author, historian and good ham an’ egger Charles Coulombe welcomes everyone to the Shrine of Friendship at the start of our most musical episode yet!

We take the Breakfast Club way back machine to the 1930’s for a couple of songs and an equestrian-themed joke before returning to the present and walking the path that leads to our “continuing adventures in friendship” with Reverend Barbara Adams, who explains Bastille Day.

We are then treated to a tasty sampler of July’s presentations at the Democracy of Ham an’ Eggs, including a musical tribute to the Constitution of the United States, the secret menu at In ‘N Out Burger, “Not so famous” views of L.A., and the iconic City Hall building in downtown Los Angeles.

As always, the proceedings are brought to you by that miracle drug in a mug – coffee!

Jul 3, 2018

Accordion-playing Breakfast Clubber Mandy Lacy welcomes everyone to the Shrine of Friendship where on this month’s episode we hear new members get initiated and we laugh during a new game that involves introducing Breakfast Club guests!

We then depart to 1936, where Dr. Donald J. Cowling, the President of Carleton College, delivers a stirring viewpoint on the future of the USA.

Reverend Barbara Adams walks us down the path that leads to our continued adventures in friendship to remember the late, great beloved gorilla Koko. 

We are then treated to a tasty sampler of June’s presentations at the Democracy of Ham an’ Eggs, where the topics included backyard wildlife in Los Angeles, the architect to the stars during the 1930’s, ’40’s and ’50’s, and the preservation of the Church of the Epiphany and the critical role that church played in the birth of the Chicano Movement.

Jun 1, 2018

Ken Hudson gets the ball rolling by welcoming everyone to the Shrine of Friendship before Braden Graeber introduces a couple of special (award-winning) guests!

We then depart to the 1930’s where past club President Rufus B. von KleinSmid delivers a stirring speech. legendary conductor Ernest Ansermet appears in a rare English-language recording and past club manager Harold Link introduces the Downey Sisters, who perform two songs.

Then it’s back to the recent past as Ken Hudson introduces Dr. Emily Lindsey, who reveals secrets of the La Brea Tar Pits. Nancy Rosen introduces Ken Bernstein, Principal City Planner for the Office of Historic Resources in Los Angeles’ Department of City Planning, who discusses Survey LA. Christopher Hanson introduces Rhett Mauck, Director of Development at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, who describes the type of dogs best-suited to disaster work. Sandi Hemmerlein introduces Christina Morris, the L.A. field director of the National Trust, who describes the efforts underway to safeguard Historic Route 66 and commemorate the role it played in giving safe passage across the country to people of color. 

Apr 30, 2018

What might be our most fascinating episode yet gets started with a lot of laughs courtesy of announcer Marc Hershon, club master of ceremonies Richard Gilson and recent “chairman of the day” Braden Graeber.

Host Phil Leirness then sets the stage for an truly adventurous time travel expedition into the past, featuring a famous explorer, a renowned Ethiopian chorus and the earliest presidents of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club.

Club chaplain Reverend Barbara Adams takes us down the path that leads to our continuing “Adventures in Friendship” as she pays tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush, sentiments echoed by L.A. council district 13 councilman Mitch O’Farrell. 

Apr 3, 2018

This episode is all about the songs, symbols, and rituals that have long made the Los Angeles Breakfast Club the “Club of Hospitality”.

Of course, what makes the Breakfast Club truly unforgettable are all the colorful characters that have been members. You will hear from several of them – past and present.

Club chaplain Reverend Barbara Adams takes us down the path that leads to our continuing “Adventures in Friendship” as she pays tribute to our longest-tenured member. In one of our half-dozen or so historic clips this month, Reverend Barbara’s predecessor shares a hilarious story. 

March saw the Breakfast Club induct two new members. You will hear excerpts from these special ceremonies. Other audio highlights from the month include chef, food historian and educator Ernest Miller taking us on a journey through the “edible Gold Rush” of native Californian foods. Benjamin Dickow, President & Executive Director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center speaks about how Southern California has always been home to those exploring the frontiers of both aerospace and outer space. 

Mar 5, 2018

As we approach the 93rd anniversary of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club, we not only look back at the month that was, but we look back to the club’s founding and to the creation of our longtime home, Friendship Auditorium, through historic and moving audio.

Much as the Breakfast Club cherishes its traditions, from time to time, things do change. One such change in tradition occurred this past month and we celebrate that change through poignant and delightful clips.

Club chaplain Reverend Barbara Adams takes us down the path that leads to our continuing “Adventures in Friendship”.

Author Marcy Smothers speaks about her new book, Eat Like Walt. A tribute to visionary entertainment pioneer and former Breakfast Clubber, Walt Disney, the book chronicles Walt’s rather revolutionary approach to dining at both his theme park and at his studio.

 

Feb 5, 2018

We kick off the second year of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” by featuring more colorful characters than in any previous episode …

Club emcee Richard Gilson and program coordinator Bill Siefke get things started.

One-half of the Chicago Chapter of the LABC, Maurice Terenzio, helps host Phil Leirness introduce audio from an historic newsreel featuring Reginald Denny introducing the initiation of Paul Whiteman into the Breakfast Club.

Club chaplain Reverend Barbara Adams takes us down the path that leads to our continuing “Adventures in Friendship”.

Club treasurer Steve McAvoy celebrates the life of a great Scottish poet.

Club board member Sandi Hemmerlein regales with the history of the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade.

Recent club initiate (and Grammy nominee) Josep Lorge introduces Nyla Arslanian, who talks about her magazine Discover Hollywood.

Jan 2, 2018

We wrap up the first year of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” with all sorts of festive delights, from seasonal songs to humorous poems, from heartfelt stories to the irrepressible joy of Charles Phoenix. Plus, there’s a truly bizarre trip back to the 1930’s for something called “Boy’s Week”. An interview with LABC

Program Coordinator Bill Siefke and Lily Holleman (with her monthly report) give tantalizing looks ahead to 2018 at the Democracy of Ham ‘n Eggs. As always, there are numerous contributions from club members like Reverend Barbara Adams, master of ceremonies Richard Gilson, filmmaker and author Steven Smith, and head of the Chicago chapter, Diane Terenzio. Thank you for taking this audio journey with us. As long as you keep listening, we’ll keep making ’em!

Dec 2, 2017

In the penultimate episode of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR” for 2017, we hear highlights of new member initiations from November and from the 1930’s. We hear three songs sung by LABC musical director Don Snyder, LABC President Lily Holleman and club secretary Erynn Petrulis. We hear about unsung women in the history of animated film, we hear a moving meditation on gratitude by club member Fletch Murray, we hear a performance of “A Christmas Carol” and stories about the founding of the Independent Shakespeare Company, and we hear a mini-horse play the piano. Seriously.

In episode 10 of “The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: ON THE AIR”, we hear ghostly tales from authors Charles A. Coulombe and James T. Bartlett, we hear jokes courtesy of Breakfast Club emcee Richard Gilson and show host Phil Leirness, we hear plenty from the Roosters and we hear two musical performances from the Don Snyder Orchestra. We travel back in time to 1935 to hear Captain Dudley S. Corrette describe the mysterious land of Ethiopia and Colonel William Easterwood describe the threat posed by the aviation force at the disposal of Benito Mussolini.

Contemporary highlights include photographer Annie Lasky talking about her book The Wilshire Slides: a Mother & Daughter Kodachrome Adventure, author and filmmaker (and good ham ‘n egger) Steven Smith discussing legendary film composer Bernard Hermann.

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