April 21, 2017
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UPCOMING MEN'S GROUP ACTIVITIES
Sunday, May 21, 207
Men's Group Seaside Luncheon plus Annual Award
Program and Entertainment
Del Rey Yacht Club
13900 Palawan Way
Marina Del Rey, CA

Our price of $70.00 includes Lunch with 3-Entree choices; Plus Salad, Dessert, and CoffeelTea

We are also providing: Free Valet Parking
UPCOMING MEN'S GROUP MEETINGS
  Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 9:00am
Men's Social Group Steering Committee Meeting
Lenny's Deli
  2379 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:00am
Men's Social Group Monthly Meeting
Culver City Veterans Memorial Complex,
4117 Overland Avenue , Culver City
Speaker: Julie Logo Cerra, Culver City Historian

Topic: "History of Culver City and the Movies"
UPCOMING LA CHAPTER MEETINGS
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:00 am
LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
Westside Pavilion, community, Room A
Speaker: Wendy Windebank, Travel Agent

Topic: "Trips to Far Away Places"
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:00 am
LA Chapter Monthly Meeting
Westside Pavilion, community, Room A
Speaker: Maggie Anton

Topic: "50 Shades of Talmud"
RECENT EVENTS
 TRIP TO THE MARGARET HERRICK LIBRARY
A Day at the Movies
by Al Wilner

Sometimes being a senior has advantages! That was apparent when the Brandeis Mens Group took a field trip to the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 5. With the skilled guidance of two (yes, two) knowledgeable docents, we were treated to a wide array of movie-making memorabilia. For openers, there was the annotated script for “From Here to Eternity,” theater posters for the original showing of “Casablanca” and technical shots for that great scene in “North by Northwest” with the crop duster biplane pilot trying to kill Cary Grant. It’s no exaggeration to say that every one of us had seen at least one (if not all) of these movies when we were kids.
The Margaret Herrick Library is a world renowned reference and research facility devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and industry. Housed in a former water works building in Beverly Hills, the building is used by students, movie historians and industry professionals.
Our tour had 17 people, making it the largest trip turnout this season. Because the Library is closed to the general public on Wednesdays, we had the run of the place and the full attention of the docents. One particular highlight was a chance to hold the actual Oscar that was sent up in a space capsule and used for an award!
Gerry Sallus and Jeffrey Penso accepting their Oscars at the Herrick Museum
Men's Group Monthly Meeting
Dr. Jazz Presents
Those who attended the first "Brunch" meeting were privileged to experience an interesting, informative, and nostalgic walk through the developmental history of JAZZ.  Interspersed with the academic view of where jazz began, how it spread, and how it changed both regionally and chronologically all were entertained by video clips of performances by important jazz legends, some known and others unknown to most of the audience.  The presentation ended with a "quiz" checking whether we recognized the performers whose work was presented.

An interesting side note to the presentation was Dr. Jazz descrining the events that led to his not being on the fatal plane crash that killed Buddy Holly.

The group participated happily while enjoyning a live solo performance by  Dr. Jazz (alais Dr. Thom Mason)