AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A funeral service will be held Monday for two-time Emmy-award winning comedy writer George Balzer. Balzer died of natural causes Thursday at his Van Nuys home. He was 91. Balzer, who lived in the San Fernando Valley for 80 years, was under contract with comedian Jack Benny for 25 years, beginning in 1943 with Benny’s radio show and including “The Jack Benny Show” that launched on television in 1950. Balzer won his Emmys for his work in 1958-59 and 1959-60. Some of the better-known comedy routines and lines he wrote for Benny included “Si Si Cy,” the bakery shop “cimeron” rolls, and the railroad station master calling, “Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga.” “He was most proud of writing for Jack Benny. He had a very dry sense of humor,” said his son, Tim Balzer. “He brought me up as a gentleman. He always said to me, ‘Don’t ever do anything you don’t want other people to find out about — because they will.’” Balzer’s early radio comedy-writing career included stints for Bob “Bazooka” Burns on the Bing Crosby Kraft Music Hall and for George Burns and Gracie Allen. He also co-wrote the Broadway musical comedy show “Are You With It?” that ran for 17 months beginning in 1945. Balzer’s passions included his family and Notre Dame football. He was an avid golfer and a member of Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake for years. “He always gave me good advice, even though at the time I didn’t know it was good advice,” said his daughter, Bonnie Neel. “I could always pick up the phone and ask him what he thought about some problem. He was a devoted grandparent. He was very religious and devoted to the Catholic Church.” Balzer also used his wit at home with family members and had a broad vision of life, said his daughter Judy Bell. “I always thought he was very knowledgeable about life. It was the simple things he treasured,” she said. “I think we learned from him that we would not find happiness in material things. He was a good role model.” George Balzer was born on Sept. 1, 1915, in Erie, Pa. He moved with his family in 1920 to Los Angeles. The family later moved to Weeks Colony in Winnetka. Balzer attended Winnetka Avenue Elementary School and in 1933 graduated from Canoga Park High School. He joined the family business, Home Way Laundry in Van Nuys, and in 1942 married Ada Marie Anderson. Balzer is survived by daughters, Bonnie Neel and Judy Bell; a son, Tim Balzer; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Helen Gates. His wife died in 1997. Funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, 6635 Tobias Ave., Van Nuys. Balzer will be buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Donations in Balzer’s memory may be sent to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Woodland Hills, Calif., 91364. — Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected]
The “War for Talent.” It’s natural to assume that winning the war means beating out your competition for top talent. But what if we redefined what winning looks like? If winning ultimately means setting up your employees—and, in turn, your organization—for long-term success, we as HR professionals need to recognize there’s more than one way to make that happen. Let’s rethink how we’ve traditionally sourced the “ideal” candidate. Let’s consider alternative, creative ways to find talent.How can you bring a fresh perspective to your acquisition strategy by leveraging untapped talent pools and recruiting and retaining from groups such as veterans, older workers and people with criminal histories?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on January 23 for a special edition of #Nextchat: SHRM Live 2018 where we’ll carry the SHRM LIVE 18 virtual event conversation to Twitter to hear from HR and recruiting professionals from around the world about how they’re leveraging untapped talent pools in their talent acquisition strategies. Special guests from the SHRM Live 18 event:Justin Constantine (Vets Panel) @Constantine_JusGloria Sinclair Miller (Vets Panel) @GjmsinclairHeather Tinsley-Fix (Older Workers Panel) @htinsleyfixArte Nathan (Employing Persons with Criminal Histories) @arte88Q1. What is your #1 greatest challenge when it comes to talent acquisition today, and how are you using untapped talent pools such as veterans, older workers and candidates with criminal histories to overcome it?Q2. Much has been said about employers’ difficulty with translating military skills for use in the civilian workplace. How should organizations address this concern?Q3. What advice do you have for organizations seeking to develop a veteran hiring program in their workplace?Q4. What advice can you share with other HR professionals who are looking to set up a program to hire candidates with criminal histories and for when they begin hiring people with criminal histories? Q5. After hiring a candidate with a criminal history, what’s next? What challenges should HR be prepared for?Q6. When recruiting, how should an organization make sure that it identifies great talent regardless of age?Q7. What’s the best way for a company to proactively brand itself as an employer that recognizes the value of older job candidates?Q8. How has your organization modified its talent acquisition strategy to identify new profiles for “ideal” candidates and the ways in which you source them? What’s a Twitter Chat? Three Tools for Twitter Chats
If this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from,If this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from across the globe, “armies” bristling with zealous optimism are battling for honours in the four-yearly soccer jamboree that grips the world for nearly a month.Can ageing West Germany retain the cup that their superstar captain Franz Beckenbauer won for them at Munich in 1974? Can the Brazilians aspire to new levels of soccer magic? Will home advantage see the hosts through? Right from its inception in 1930 the game has set new levels of Latin American fanaticism.The Uruguayans, the hosts, in that inaugural year were celebrating a century of independence. Their opponents in the final were Argentina, old rivals from across the turgid, churning waters of the River Plate. Ten steamers were chartered to take the Argentinian fans across to Montevideo. People were packed abroad like cattle, but thousands were left behind.Brazil’s captain Rivelino (left) leaves Kasperczak of Polland behind on the way to goalThere were protest marches in the streets of Buenos Aires as they demanded more boats. Then, as the steamers left, thousands of fans lined the quayside chanting “Victory or Death”.Uruguay won 4-2, their last goal being scored by a one-armed reserve called Castro, and the country went delirious with joy. The brooding Argentinian supporters stormed the Uruguayan Consulate back in Buenos Aires, complaining of brutality and unfair refereeing, and police had to fire to disperse them. The World Cup had been launched….advertisementSince then it has been a kaleidoscope of contrasting styles and skills – a confrontation between the artists of Latin America and the methodical men of Europe, whose style and form can match the best blend of individual flair the Latin Americans can produce.In Argentina ’78, the odds are loaded against the iron men from West Germany, the holders. They are without superstars Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Mueller and Wolfgang Overath. Training matches and their first outing in the tournament – a goalless draw against Poland – indicate that the holders have slender chance of emulating Brazil, who have won the cup thrice.Can Argentina, playing at home in front of frenzied crowds vociferously rooting for them, pull it off? On six occasions out of ten World Cup championships held so far, the host nation has reached the final, and, of these, four have won. The Argentinians are temperamental players.They can be brilliant on a day and totally devoid of their basic skills on the next. The other temperamental team, the Italians, star-studded as they usually are, suffer from the big handicap of their top men not being able to play the same game on two successive days.This World Cup may lack the dynamism and artistry of Pele, Cruyff and Beckenbauer, but clearly, it is not devoid of soccer talent. Among other, Holland’s Rob Rensenbrink has risen as one of the outstanding wingers in the world.Brazil has never lacked the ability to produce brilliant footballers. Along with the 1970 World Cup veteran Roberto Rivehno, the Brazilian team boasts of a powerful forward-line with Reinaldo and Zico. The presence of Cerezo and Nelinho in the midfield and defense provides a balance which may once again win the championship for Brazil.The West Germans, though depleted without Beckenbauer, Mueller and Overath, still have Rainer Bonhof, the man who changed West Germany’s fortunes in 1974 and Sepp Maier, whose experiences in the 1970 and 1974 World Cup tournaments will surely be useful.The Argentina attack is again led by 23-year-old Mario Kempe. Four years ago, when he played for his country in West Germany, he provided entertaining football, making good use of his physique and speed. Since then, he has matured into a prolific goal-scorer which makes him fearsome to defenders and goalkeepers alike.THE JUNTA: WARNING WHISTLEArgentina’s military junta holds a veritable threat for soccer fans in the country.Two years ago, Gen Videla, after a successful coup, launched a crusade against terrorists by killing those persons who did not conform to the ethics of civilization. In the process, many people ‘disappeared’, and ‘why’ was a question, which no one dared to ask.Now, this malaise is spreading into the realm of sports. Only a few day before the start of the World Cup, the junta warned that soccer fans in Argentina are “likely to be shot on sight” if they fail to respond to army orders.advertisementIt appears, that the rulers in Argentina, not unmindful of the “Munich massacre” and recent bursts of terrorism in West Germany and Italy, are determined to have the tournament completed without any awkward incidents.The monteneros, the country’s urban guerillas have promised peace during the competition, but this has scarcely reassured the junta. The omnipresence of troops, with fixed bayonets, is evidence that the military rulers of Argentina have certain ideas about security, which may not be relaxed before the championship is over.