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CELEBRITY OPTICIAN HANS FIEBIG at his Hans Custom Optik store on Larchmont. Page 10

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Hans’ flair for design and technique revolutionized eyewear By Suzan Filipek Hans Fiebig once made glasses in a time-old fashion, by hand and working a foot pedal. “Can you imagine using your feet?” the 88-year old optician asked last month at his 30-year old Larchmont institution, Hans Custom Optik. One person who would appreciate Hans’ technical know-how, precision and artistic flair was Elvis Presley. The two met when The King was driving down Sunset Blvd., in front of Fiebig’s old shop. Fiebig gave him his card, and a few days later Elvis arrived with his entourage. Hans would go on to make 400 pairs of custom glasses for the megastar. With inspiration from Elvis, Sir Elton John and a host of other celebrities, Hans would revolutionize eyewear from the boring styles of the 1950s

to the fashion statements that glasses are today, said his daughter and bookkeeper Regina Fiebig Davis. “He was the go-to man. Elton being so creative… and Elvis knew exactly what he wanted. They’d say, ‘Hans, can you do this?’” From feathered frames to glasses sporting blinking neon lights, Hans would figure out a way. After all, “He knew the mechanics… He’s a legend in the optical industry. He’s the first optician to celebrities,” Regina added. Eyeglasses were not exactly haute couture when Hans was a teen, measuring in millimeters, grinding lenses with the help of the foot pedal, and, of course, working without a computer. He would later teach these same skills to his family. His other two children and grandsons, James and Matthew (Matt) Davis, are all opticians.

MASTER OPTICIAN Hans Fiebig with his grandson James Davis and daughter Regina Davis. Photos by Bill Devlin

Knowing the Old World technique makes all the difference, says James, who runs the Larchmont store with his brother Matthew. Hans traces his skills to his childhood in Germany, where part of the school curriculum was building model airplanes.

“His teacher noticed that Dad had a gift for building and crafting. (I guess he had very fine motor skills and dexterity.) And he was probably quite a perfectionist even at that young age!” Regina said. His teacher was so impressed he introduced him

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to an optometrist who hired Hans to begin his apprenticeship with him at the age of 14. Hans, who grew up during World War II, attributes his skills to saving his life more than once. “During the war, there was so much destruction and confusion — but he always felt that by being the best optician he could be, he would be able to find a job — anywhere!” said Regina. After the war, he and his wife, Frida, and first child emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. With two more children in tow, they would later drive southwest to a warmer climate. “He and Mom watched the Rose Parade [on television] and packed up the car and we went to Los Angeles,” laughs Regina. It was the 1960s, and he had a job waiting for him in downtown Los Angeles. Later, he and a partner opened Optik Boutique, a chain of 13 stores between here and Chicago, including the one on Sunset Blvd. where he met Elvis. “He was a Southern gentleman…” recalls Regina. Elvis walked in wearing a cheap pair of aviator-style glasses and had a large gold necklace with a lightning bolt and “TCB” on it. Elvis asked Hans if the design “TCB” (Taking Care of Business) could be engraved on the sides and his initials on the bridge of a custom-made pair of aviators. “I realized at that time you couldn’t ‘sell’ Elvis anything – he had very specific ideas about what he liked and what he wanted – either you could do it or you couldn’t. Of course I told him we could and I figured I would work out the details later,” Hans recalled in a 2011 book, “Cult Eyewear.” Hans would also befriend Sir Elton John before he was knighted and while he was still working in smaller clubs, such as the Troubadour. “Nobody bought more than Elton John,” said Hans, who would craft hundreds of prescription glasses for him. Steve McQueen and a bevy of other celebrity client photos grace the walls at Hans Optik, which moved to Larchmont 30 years ago. Hans opened a store in the busy 200 block of N. Larchmont Blvd. in the 1980s and moved a few years ago to 419 ¾ N. Larchmont, when rents skyrocketed in the block to the south (where his old store is now half of the Trina Turk shop). “I had no choice,” he says. The move has been a blessing in disguise, offering a larger space, second-floor views and free parking. While street traffic is scarce, the regulars (Please turn to page 18)

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Custom frames and art restoration the old-fashioned way By Suzan Filipek Richard Gibson remembers tagging along with his dad to his clients’ homes, including a big-time film producer. “My dad brought me to see his Cezanne and Rembrandts.” His father, Ted Gibson, made custom frames and restored works of art the old-fashioned way, by hand. He opened shop downtown in 1946, and over the years serviced art collectors, artists, movie stars and generations of residents who lived in the Larchmont Chronicle neighborhood, lawyers, judges and doctors also among them. Richard has been at the helm of the custom framing business since his father passed away at 92 in 2000. Richard downsized and moved the business, Ted Gibson Custom Framing, to its current location at 4271 W. Third St. The younger Gibson also brought the second generation of shop craftsmen with him: Gigi Garcia and Tony Oyrazabol. Both learned from their fathers, shop veterans Telesforo Garcia and Benjamin Oyrazabol. Like his staff, Richard Gibson mastered the technique of restoration from his dad. Richard says his skills are fine-tuned from years

and grandparents, noted Richard. And many don’t understand the intricacies involved in framing, so they succumb to companies offering mass-produced pieces at cheap prices who often ruin works in the process, he said. When asked how much a job would cost, he quotes his dad’s oftrepeated answer: “It’s more than you think, but less than you know it should be.” His father arrived from New York in the SURROUNDED by hand-made frames 1930s and worked for at the longtime framing shop is Richard art supplier Meyer Flax Gibson. and later an art gallery of experience, as he finish- downtown before opening his es a 100-year-old, gold-metal own store and also a wareframe for longtime customer, house, both on W. Seventh St. (This is the former artsThe Ebell of Los Angeles. The Ebell’s prized California oriented district that still is plein-air paintings and their home to McManus & Morgan, original frames are also get- Inc., the distributor of fine ting a touch-up by the shop’s artists papers, and Aardvark Letterpress, both the subthree-member staff. They are careful not to “over- ject of Paula Panich’s “Home restore,” a common mishap in Ground” column in the July 2016 Larchmont Chronicle – the industry, says Richard. Business has slowed since Ed.) Many of the frames from its heyday. Many younger peothe earliest days are among ple today are not interested in keeping heirlooms and prized those for sale at the shop. possessions of their parents They range from hand-carved,

hand-gilded, gold- and silverleafed to distressed styles. Made-to-order pieces can also be created from wood molding, including exotic varieties such as wormwood. The liquidation sale is ongoing to clear inventory and raise money, said Richard, who is struggling to pay rising

rent and insurance costs amid skyrocketing regulations. He’s committed to staying, he said. After all, in spite of it all, “we have fiercely loyal customers. “I’m the only shop where — after you quote customers a price — they say, ‘I’ll give you more than that.’”

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Hope Lutheran celebrates 75 years Hope Lutheran Church, 6720 Melrose Ave., is going back to its German roots Sun., Nov. 5 to celebrate 75 years of being in our neighborhood. The festivities begin with the morning worship at 10:30 a.m., which will include music director Helena Buscema’s Hope

Band and Choir and the gospel roots band “Little Faith.” Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael will sing “How Great Thou Art,” violinist Elizabeth Bacher will play, and Estani Frizzell of Ascension Vocals, with orchestra and band, will conclude the service.

There will also be a brief history of Hope Lutheran and remarks by Bishop R. Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Following the service led by Pastor Mark Rasbach, enjoy (Please turn to page 14)

Julie Stephens McCloskey

ASCENSION VOCALS’ Estani Frizzell will perform at the service. Below: Violinist Elizabeth Bacher.

October 3, 1957 – July 29, 2017 Resident of Phoenix, Arizona

Julie was born in Los Angeles, California, where she attended Marlborough High School. After a year at Pepperdine University, she transferred to the University

of Arizona, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She graduated with a degree in Home Economics. Julie was a loving and supportive wife and devoted mother; family was her focus. As a passionate follower of Christ, she dedicated her life to sharing His love through prayer and service. While living in Texas and Arizona, she invested energy in the ministry of Moms in Prayer International, lifting petitions to God, encouraging others, and attending to administrative tasks. For the past 12 years, Julie volunteered at the Phoenix Open with the local Panhellenic chapter. She provided leadership to the local Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae group, and gave

her time at the White Dove Thrift Shoppe in Mesa. In a final demonstration of her generous spirit, Julie supported the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute in their specialized research on melanoma. A reception in Celebration of Julie’s Life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Wilshire Country Club, 301 North Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004. Donations may be made in Julie’s memory to: Moms in Prayer International, Hospice of the Valley (Phoenix, AZ), Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix, AZ), or University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute.



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What's Killing Our Trees?

Question: What is smaller than a sesame seed and has the power to increase air pollution, raise air temperatures and ruin the landscape of Southern California? Answer: The polyphagous shot hole borer, a tiny insect from Asia that is killing trees all over the region. According to U. S. Forest Service research forester Greg McPherson, the tiny beetle is on track to kill 27 million urban trees in Los Angeles and nearby counties. That’s roughly 38 percent of our 71 million urban trees. Arborists think that the extra stress of the long drought has made the trees especially susceptible to the insects. Among the most endangered are Avocados, Citrus, California Oaks, Ornamental Plums and related stone fruit trees, Goldenrain trees, Ash, Willows, Liquidambars, and especially Sycamores. Steve Dunlap, a supervisor at the Department of Recreation and Parks, estimates that as many as 20 percent of Griffith Park’s trees could be killed as a result of the borer, and possibly over 90 percent of the Sycamores. The UC Irvine campus, once shaded by hundreds of mature sycamores, has had to remove over 1000 of them in the last few years, and this pattern is being repeated all over the region. “Catastrophic loss of our canopy would have consequences for human health and well-being, property values, airconditioning savings, carbon storage, the removal of pollutants from the air we breathe, and wildlife habitat,” said McPherson to the Los Angeles Times last April. Sadly, there is no effective treatment for the pest at this point. Note the dark stains on the bark of many of our street trees, which indicates a borer infestation. What can be done? Some tree doctors are having limited results with a new soil drench pesticide, and they recommend trying to keep existing trees as healthy as possible by watering them deeply, but they caution that these methods may only slow the disease process. Officials also urge homeowners to use only locally-sourced firewood, as the beetle can hitch rides in that material. Use only certified arborists for treetrimming and ask if they use sterilized tools. Ultimately, unless an effective treatment emerges, we will be forced to replace dead and infected trees with species that seem to be resistant to the deadly bug. The Windsor Square Canopy Committee has been assessing the health of all of our neighborhood’s trees and will be working with the city to come up with a new list of appropriate trees for our parkways. Meanwhile, we strongly urge neighbors to be patient and wait for the new list of recommended varieties before replacing any street trees. The Windsor Square Association, an all-volunteer group of residents from 1100 households between Beverly and Wilshire and Van Ness and Arden, works to preserve and enhance our beautiful neighborhood. Join with us! Drop us a line at 157 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, or visit our website at ADV.


Julie McCloskey passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on July 29, 2017, ending her 10-month battle with metastatic melanoma. Julie is survived by her husband of over 33 years, Terry McCloskey; her son Trevor McCloskey (Taylor) and daughter Mary Lanman (William); her mother Marylin Stephens, sister June Sweeney (James) and brother William “Steve” Stephens (Stacey), along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Stay active with field trips, yoga, bridge, classes From classes on fall prevention and computer use to billiards, water aerobics and more, read on for places where you can find activities that keep both body and brain limber.

Department of Recreation and Parks Claude Pepper Senior Citizens Center 1762 S. La Cienega Blvd. 310-559-9677 Bridge, chair yoga, a computer lab, Zumba and help with your taxes are some of the options at Claude Pepper. Table tennis, pinochle, movies and poker are also available. Or take classes on crafts, knitting, sewing, quilting, acting or smart driving. Some of the members have also put together a travel club. Call or drop by for a schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fairfax Senior Center 7929 Melrose Ave. 323-653-1824 Yoga and other fitness classes are offered throughout the week. There is also a daily lunch program and computer lab. Parties and trips happen throughout the year. Call or drop by the center for a schedule. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 12 to 3 p.m. Las Palmas Senior Center 1820 N. Las Palmas Ave. 323-465-7787 Bridge, bingo, art and exercise classes are available at Las Palmas. There is also a nutrition program, or join the performance group, which rehearses twice a week and puts on shows every other month. Drop by or call for more information on other activities and services. Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center 141 S. Gardner St. 323-935-5705

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(Continued from page 12) an authentic Oktoberfest with German appetizers and beer, a free catered lunch inspired by Martin Luther, a silent auction and a mariachi band (because what’s a celebration in Southern California without a mariachi band?). History The church at Mansfield and Melrose was established in 1942, after a small American Lutheran congregation purchased the site from the Melrose Park Methodist Church, which had fallen on hard times. Pastor Hubert K. (H.K.) Rasbach came to Hope Lutheran in 1947, serving the congregation until 1980, when his son Pastor Mark Rasbach took over. In 1983, the building burned in an arson fire, but by 1985 a new, 15,000-square-foot facility had been erected, which now houses 12-step groups, children’s relief organizations and an emergency food dispensary, as well as the congregation. A 25-minute documentary on the history of Hope Lutheran will be shown Sun., Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 323-938-9135 or visit

Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center 6310 San Vicente Blvd. 323-937-5900 From holiday celebrations to Texas Hold’em, movies and Zumba, there is much to choose from at Freda Mohr. Knitting and fashion workshops are offered, as well as a lunch program. There are also gait and balance workshops, body and brain yoga and arthritis exercise classes. An “Aging Mastery Program” workshop begins Mon., Oct. 16 (must sign up by Mon., Oct. 2). Shabbat parties are every Friday at 1 p.m. Call or visit website for complete schedule. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Please turn to page 15)


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Zumba dance is Wednesdays. Pilates is Fridays. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


PARASOLS are decorated at an art class through the L.I.F.E. program at Park La Brea.

L.I.F.E. at Park La Brea 535 S. Curson Ave., Tower 49 323-936-0859 Living Independently in a Friendly Environment (L.I.F.E.), offers a wide range of activities for older adults in the Park La Brea community. From movies, art classes and supper clubs to music programs, yoga, Pilates and nutrition classes, there is much to choose from at the L.I.F.E. program. Also available are referral services, private consultations with social workers and more. Activity times vary, so call to get on the newsletter mailing list. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Hollywood Wilshire 1553 N. Schrader Blvd. 323-467-4161 Aqua-aerobics, deep-water exercise, stretch classes and Zumba are some of the classes offered at the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. Besides water exercise classes, the pool is available for open and lap swim most days of the week. Chair exercises are Tuesdays and Fridays.

St. Barnabas Senior Services 675 Carondelet St. 213-388-4444 Bingo, a cyber cafe, movies, fall prevention, better bones and arthritis exercise classes, X-box bowling, art club, Zumba, tai chi, field trips and more are available at St. Barnabas. There are also blood pressure screenings, a hot lunch and free flu shots offered. Join the mailing list to receive a monthly calendar. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Barnabas Senior Services 5170 Santa Monica Blvd.


323-957-2222 A satellite of the mid-city site, this location has bingo, help with computers and cell phones, a yoga class, arts and crafts, and board games. It also participates in a hot lunch and a transportation program. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westside Jewish Community Center 5870 W. Olympic Blvd.

323-938-2531 Brain ball, strengthen and stretch and balance challenge classes and water aerobics are available for seniors at Westside Jewish Community Center. Other activities are Israeli folk dancing, Zumba, table tennis, yoga, mixed media art classes, and also Shabbat and other holiday celebrations. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Former VP, Science Guy, Ted Koppel among list of speakers Former Vice President Joe Biden will kick off the Distinguished Speakers for the 2017-2018 season at the Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd. Sun., Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Bill Nye, “The Science Guy” of eponymous award-winning

TV shows, will speak Nov. 26. Broadcast journalist Ted Koppel will share analysis, commentary and perspective on current events Jan. 21. Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard speaks Feb. 18.

PBS traveler Rick Steves will share vacation tips and answer questions March 11. The season will conclude with basketball superstar and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who will speak May 9. There is a moderated ques-

tion and answer session at the conclusion of each presentation to allow for audience members to have the opportunity to interact with each speaker. Programs take place Sundays at 7 p.m.

Tickets are sold in subscription packages only and range from $260 for a mini-series of four speakers to premier seating at $475 for all six evenings. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 310-546-6222.

Freda Mohr, JFS to get makeover Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center had its final day at 330 N. Fairfax Ave. last month before moving to its temporary home at 6310 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 275. While the new Jewish Family Service (JFS) site is smaller, all the same services and activities will be offered, including the hot lunch program, transportation services, and fitness and wellness classes. In the meantime, the Fairfax site will undergo a significant renovation and expansion. The old structure will be replaced

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Get Involved with Your Neighborhood Council Meeting Schedule All GWNC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting times and locations are published on the website under Meeting Schedules. If you have an item you would like placed on a meeting agenda, please contact or (323) 539-GWNC (4962), at least two weeks before the meeting. Meeting agendas are posted on the GWNC website and elsewhere in the Greater Wilshire community at least 72 business hours before our meetings. Board of Directors meetings: DATE CHANGE: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:00 p.m. Ebell of Los Angeles - Dining Room 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., 90005 Land Use Committee meetings: Fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Location TBA Outreach Committee meetings: First Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. Bricks & Scones Cafe 403 N. Larchmont Blvd., 90004

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Dwight Henry Lindholm


May 27, 1930 - September 4, 2017

wight Henry Lindholm passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, CA, at the age of 87. Dwight was born in Blackduck, Minnesota on May 27, 1930, where he lived until the age of 5 years old. The son of an Ordained Minister, Dwight’s family was actively involved in the Presbyterian Church. His parents, Henry Nathaniel Lindholm (of Swedish decent) and Viola Endora Gummert (of German decent) moved Dwight and his brother Calvin to Red Lake Falls in 1935, residing there for most of Dwight’s childhood. They moved again in 1945 to Duluth, Minnesota, where Dwight attended High School, participating in the Debate Team, Basketball and High School Band. Dwight went on to college, where his passion for learning and drive for success earned him a BA Degree in 1951 and a Law Degree in 1954 from the University of Minnesota. Dwight then served in the Military at Foster Field in Victoria, Texas as Captain, US Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, prosecuting and defending in over 100 court-martials. Dwight was always intrigued with genealogy and different cultures, so he did postgraduate work at The University of Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, 1956-1957, carrying a fond love for Mexico with him throughout his life.

In early 1958, Dwight’s passion for adventure led him to leave his roots in Minnesota and move out West to Los Angeles, California, where he met and fell in love with his wife, Loretta Catherine Brown (deceased 2014), at a Young Republicans Social. On August 29, 1958, their marriage was officiated by Dwight’s father Henry at The Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Dwight and Loretta had five children: Douglas Dwight, Dionne, Jeanne Marie, Philip Clayton, & Kathleen Anne, and raised them in Hancock Park. During this time, they took a year sabbatical to French Polynesia June 1982 – July 1983. In 1993 Dwight and Loretta moved to their second home in Channel Islands Harbor, CA. First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood was a central

focus for Dwight & Loretta, where they became members in 1958 and were actively involved throughout their 56 years of marriage. Dwight’s huge passionate spirit for adventure and strong interest in culture, religion and politics, will forever be remembered by his five children Douglas Dwight Lindholm, Dionne Cooper; Jeanne Marie Deranja; Philip Clayton Lindholm; and Kathleen Ann Hennigh. His endearing love, genuine interest and ever-present enthusiasm will forever stay in the hearts of his grandchildren: Cora & Ida Lindholm; Randall & Chelsea Cooper; Josephine, Loretta; Bozho & Dwight Deranja; Henry & Kelly Lindholm; Hunter, Hudson & Heather Hennigh. In their early years of marriage, Dwight and Loretta were active in Republican Party politics holding both county and statewide offices while living at 330 S. Westmoreland Avenue. In 1972, they moved to 255 South Rossmore in Hancock Park, where they lived for 25 years. That year, Dwight and Loretta also bought a beach house at Silverstrand beach, Channel Islands Harbor, where they resided as their primary home for the past 20+ years. June 16, 1982, Dwight and Loretta left on their 51-foot sailboat, The Golden Viking, for the South Pacific with their 5 children—then ages 13 through 22 years—26 days at sea going down to French Polynesia and 40 days at sea returning July 15, 1983. From their 5000-square foot home on Rossmore in Hancock Park, they went to 500-square feet on the boat. For 5 years leading up to June 1982, Dwight & Loretta with their five children planned and prepared for their great sailing adventure that left a lasting imprint and forever defined them as a family. Dwight and Loretta’s adventures continued when they became empty nesters and traveled the world together. They visited almost every continent, traveling to Dwight’s ancestral homesteads in Sweden and Germany, the Holy Land, Road to Santiago, Galapagos, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, just to name a few of the many places they explored together. Dwight had a long successful

career practicing law: Individual Law Practices 1958-65; 1972-81; 1984-2013; Partner Lindholm & Johnson 1965-69; Partner Cotter, Lindholm & Johnson 1969-72; Of Counsel @ Bolton, Hemer & Dunn 1981-1984. Court Admissions included: Minnesota Supreme Court; Court of Military Appeals; California Supreme Court; US 2014 (Dir. ’76-’78); International Fellowship of District Court; US Supreme Court. Genealogy Rotarians (Founding President Bar Associates & Professional ’79-2014); Westlake School for Activities included: “AV” rating Girls now Harvard Westlake High Martindale-Hubble ’69 to 2014; Los School (Trustee & Ch. Dev. Com Angeles County Bar Association; ’78-’81); Anacapa Yatch Club California State Bar Association; ‘79-’84); Ocean Cruising Club of Lawyers’ Club of Los Angeles; England (Port Officer Newport Speakers Bureau ’69-’72; Delta Harbor); American Legion Post Theta Phi Law Fraternity (President 291, Newport Beach; California LA Alumni Assoc. ‘71-‘72); State State University at Northridge, Chancellor ’72-’73 (Organized new Trust Fund Board of Directors (’89chapters at UCLA, Southwestern ’93); Chairman of the Endowment and Pepperdine Law Schools ’70- Committee (’91-’93); Chairman & CEO, Queen of Angels-Hollywood ’73) Presbyterian Foundation 1998For over 50 2000; Queen of years, Dwight was Angels-Hollywood actively involved Presbyterian in Downtown LA, Medical Center (now Wilshire Center, QueensCare) Board Hancock Park, of Directors 1990Westside and 2002; QueensCare Southern California Corporate Secretary Community affairs 1998-2002; Ex. including: Los Officio Lay Board Angeles Junior Member of Medical Chamber of Executive Committee Commerce (Director ’61-’62); Staff Republican Party volunteering over 1992-1999; a Wilshire Rotarian 4,000 hours of effort in the ’60s; 1972-2017. Dwight always left Los Angeles County Republican a huge impression on anyone Central Comm. ’62-’66; California he met and would go out of his Republican State Central Comm. way to remember the details in ’62-’63; Chet Wolfrum 56th AD conversation the next time he saw Campaign & Glen Lipscomb you. Dwight’s keen wit, likeability, adventurous spirit, 30th CD Campaign ’60; Robert intellect, Lagomarsino Senate Campaign religious commitment and charm ’61; Joe Jimenez 40th AD are the qualities his children and Campaign ’62; Richard Nixon CA grandchildren will forever cherish Governor Campaign ’62; George in their hearts. Callanan 56th AD Campaign & The service was held on Friday, Henry O’Briant 30th CD Campaign September 15th, at Ivy Lawn ’64; Ronald Reagan CA Governor Campaign ’66 (Speakers Bureau); Chapel in Ventura, CA, with the Wilshire Republican Club; reception following the service. Republican Associates; Hollywood The family gratefully suggests Presbyterian Church (Deacon ’62’65; Elder ’65-’75 & ’88-’91); any gifts in Dwight‘s memory be Family Service of Los Angeles – sent to the Red Cross for the vicUnited Way Org. (Dir ’64-’70; VP tims of Hurricanes Harvey and ’68-’70) University of Minnesota Irma. Go online to www.redcross. Alumni Association (Treasurer org, or send check by mail to: American Red Cross ’67); Wilshire Lodge F&AM PO Box 37839 (Senior Warden ’68; Chaplain Boone, IA 50037-0839 ’69); Los Angeles Valley Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Shire; Wilshire and write “Hurricane Harvey / Irma YMCA (Dir. ’76-’77); Wilshire relief efforts“ on the check. Rotary Club of Los Angeles ’72ADV.


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Byzantine-Latino Quarter community and will include a live Latin band. The cathedral itself boasts an impressive history, and it has been named a city Historic-Cultural Monument. Daily admission is $5. For parking, tour times and a list of activities, visit

Former legislator, also homeless advocates at Ebell

Political insights and homelessness are the topics of The Ebell of Los Angeles meetings in October, which are open to all. Former state and city official Jackie Goldberg will address the club at 431 S. Lucerne Blvd., on Monday, Oct. 2 beginning with an 11:30 a.m. social hour. Insights into her political experiences will be shared by Goldberg, who has nearly a half century as an elected official. A former classroom teacher in Compton in the late 1960s, she served as a city councilmember for Council District 13 and in the California State Assembly representing District 45. She also headed the Los Angeles School Board. Cost is $25 for Ebell members, $30 for guests. RSVP to tickets@ebelloflosangeles. com. A breakfast meeting on Wed, Oct. 25 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. will feature speakers discussing solutions to the homeless crisis. Panelists involved in addressing homelessness will cover how recent ballot initiatives will be implemented and how the public can help. They are Jill Bauman, CEO of Imagine LA; Phil Ansell, director of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative; and Kerry Morrison, former chairman of the Proposition HHH Oversight Committee. Suggested donation is $20, and the public is invited to attend. RSVP to tickets@

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Join DAR for lively Oktoberfest Skip the trip to Bavaria for Oktoberfest and enjoy live German music, dancing and German food and beer with the Los Angeles-Eschscholtzia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Sat., Oct. 7 on Lucerne Blvd. Tickets are $75 per person; children ages 12 and under are free. Proceeds of the event support U.S. Active Military, Veterans, DAR Settlement Schools and historical preservation. For more information and to get tickets, call 323935-2712 or email lahawki@

shirt,” says Jeff Morse, a neighbor and customer. After losing a home to the 1993 Malibu fire and an apartment to the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and after wife Frida passed two decades ago, Hans settled into Hancock Park Terrace and has been there ever since. He lunches at the Wilshire Country Club on Sundays, after church, and he is always wearing a pair of stylish glasses. “I’ve got more than one,” he quips.


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St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral is sponsoring the 19th Los Angeles Greek Festival which begins Fri., Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. with music and dancing. The festival continues through Sun., Oct. 8. Mediterranean cuisine and activities for attendees of all ages will be at the festival, which will take place on the

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OCTOber 2017

Puppy love can be therapeutic, too By Suzan Filipek Betty Nicholaw wasn’t in a very good mood. Turning 91 last month probably has its ups and downs. But the onetime CBS executive administrator’s spirits rose within minutes of meeting with her furry friend Luca, an 11-yearold Pomeranian. “Her personality really shines when Luca’s around,” says Cydney Kaplan, a certified recreation therapist and owner of Independent Living Concierge. The pair visit with Betty twice a week for lunch or a movie. Cydney adopted Luca from Southern California Pomeranian Rescue two years ago, and she quickly saw that the plush, charcoal-grey dog was a natural for her line of work. He passed the pet therapy certification program with flying colors. “Luca likes to be petted by everyone,” says Cydney, who picks Betty and a caregiver up at Betty’s home on Rossmore Ave. The group dine at the Wilshire Country Club or Le Petit Greek on Larchmont Blvd. or they head to The Grove. Betty has shared some words of wisdom with Cydney since meeting her three ago. “She often tells me, ‘If you learn shorthand, you can work for someone who is important… and meet a good man,’” says Cydney. “She’s always looking out for me.” The formula worked for Betty, who was married 50 years to George Nicholaw, the legendary newsman at KNX radio, a CBS subsidiary. He passed in 2014. A lifelong animal lover, Betty and George had Siamese cats and beagles, says her nephew Constantine Nicholaw. After she married, she volunteered at a Hollywood women’s shelter, he said.

LAMOTH dinner honors Blitzer at Beverly Wilshire Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will honor CNN anchor of “The Situation Room,” host of “Wolf,” and son of Holocaust survivors, Wolf Blitzer, at its annual gala dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd. The event takes place on Sun., Nov. 5. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., and dinner is at 6 p.m. Melissa Rivers will emcee the event. There will be a preview of the “Virtual Reality Project” featuring testimonies of Holocaust survivors. For more information, contact Victoria Lonberg at 323456-5078 or victoria@lamoth. org.



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Suffering from Alzheimer’s, it sometimes takes Betty awhile to recognize her nephew when he visits. Not so much with Luca. “She’s in love with Luca,” says Constantine, one of Betty’s eight nieces and nephews. Meeting with the dog makes a

difference, he adds. “He gives her a focus and calms her down.” Sometimes Betty even claims Luca as her own. “He won’t talk back. He’s a good listener,” says Betty, petting the dog, sitting quietly in her lap.


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