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Robert J. Elisberg
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Robert J. Elisberg has been a commentator and contributor to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Magazine, C/NET and E! Online, and he served on the editorial board for the Writers Guild of America. He has contributed political writing to the anthology, "Clued in on Politics," 3rd edition (CQ Press).

Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was twice awarded the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. Not long afterwards, Elisberg sold his screenplay, "Harry Warren of the Mounties.” He was on staff of the animated series, “Flute Master,” and also co-wrote the independent film, “Yard Sale.” Most recently, he wrote a comedy-adventure screenplay for Callahan Filmworks.

Among his other writing, Elisberg's most recent novel is the adventure, The Wild Roses. He also wrote the comic novella, A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge. He co-wrote a book on world travel. Currently, he writes a tech column for the Writers Guild of America, west. He also co-wrote the song, “Just One of the Girls” for the Showtime movie “Wharf Rat,” and wrote the book for the stage musical “Rapunzel!”.

Entries by Robert J. Elisberg

The Good, The Bad, And The Very Ugly

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 4:35 PM

I'm not quite sure if I've recovered yet from being yelled at for an hour-and-20 minutes last night at the Republican National Convention.

It's hard to know what impressions were most important while listening to Donald Trump's inaugural acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Among those, two thoughts stood...

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FDR Was Right

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 10:24 AM

I was talking with a friend the other day, and she was telling me about the trip that she and her husband were planning. It was to be in two weeks... in France.

Needless to say, the couple is now uncertain of their plans. And though she said they'll...

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The Writer's Workbench: Portable Keyboards

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 11:03 AM

Last year back in October, I wrote here about portable keyboards which were largely meant to be used with tablets or even mobile phones. Since that time, a couple of new such keyboards have been released, both somewhat similar to one another (though with important differences) and both...

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Trump And Brexit: Not Quite As Sweet As It Seems

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 5:43 PM

In the aftermath of the "Brexit" vote, I was watching a panel discussion of analysts talking about that there should be concern among Democrats in the U.S. for how this protest vote had similarities to support here for Donald Trump.

It was a thoughtful discussion. And yes, I think anything...

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Lest This Week's Other Shootings Don't Get Overlooked...

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 11:06 AM

About 88% of all Americans support background checks for buying guns over the Internet and at gun shows, as well as not allowing anyone on the Terrorist Watch List to buy a gun. This includes 83% of Republicans. You probably can't get 88% of Americans to agree on almost anything,...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 11:49 PM

For the past few days, I've been thinking what to say about the shooting death late last week of former The Voice performer Christina Grimmie after a concert in Orlando, Florida. Every beginning point each seemed so empty. "Pointless" didn't cut it. Neither did "pathetic." Or meaningless, sad, senseless, tragic,...

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A Short Talk with the Mind of a Donald Trump Supporter

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 3:56 PM

When I woke up the day after Donald Trump (R-Trump Towers) became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and titular head of the party (consider that a moment: as the GOP nominee, Donald Trump will be the leader of the Republican Party!!), one of my first thoughts was about that very...

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A Well-Lived Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:16 PM

We had the memorial service for my dad, Ed, on Sunday. He'd passed away a week earlier, about six weeks before his 95th birthday. This was the eulogy I gave.


When my father had his 90th birthday, he said he was shocked because he never expected to get that...

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The Joke Behind 'Obama Out' Most People Missed

(40) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 1:39 PM

I'm boggled that I have to write this. I've patiently waited for days for someone in the news media to correct all the mis-interpretation, but...alas, nope. It just keeps getting repeated, incorrectly.

No, I'm not referring to some controversy in the Democratic primaries. Nor is it charges among Republican candidates....

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Salon Goes Off the Rails

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 1:01 PM

Yesterday, after Salon published what she believed was an irresponsible hit piece on Hilary Clinton, the publication's former long-time, highly-admired editor Joan Walsh sent out a few funny but very pointed tweets about how she might take editing Salon off her resume, quipping that she wondered how a 12-year break...

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Chump Change

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 11:05 AM

My favorite story in recent weeks is how some in the GOP establishment are trying to rally around their prospective nominee by saying that Donald Trump is now going to change and start being "presidential."

For the record, no, he isn't.

We hear all the time about a candidate changing...

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Father Knows Best

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 11:09 AM

Over on the Mental Floss website, they have an interesting article here by Jeff Wells about the long, convoluted and unfortunate history of Royal Crown Cola.

The story tells about how little Royal Crown fought a tough, uphill battle against Coca Cola and Pepsi, and started to have...

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Where Nuance Goes to Die

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 12:02 PM

Yesterday on Twitter, I used my 140-character limit to send a tweet that read, "I like both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. It's their most-partisan supporters I have a problem with..."

That's the polite version of what I wanted to say.

Later in the evening, after reading some of...

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April Fools Day Headlines

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 6:33 PM

I like to post funny, fake headlines on April Fools Day to imagine what it'd be like if they were actually really. This year, though, it took a bit of an odd turn. This year, here's a list of April Fools Day headlines I would have written, if only unfortunately...

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Saving Leon Panetta

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 6:57 PM

​A few days ago, a friend mentioned that an organization she belongs to was going to have Leon Panetta as a speaker. She was planning to go, to hear the former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, and former CIA director appointed by Barack Obama, among many other...

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Trials and Tribulations: Part Three

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 11:37 AM

The first two parts of this tale covered the plaintiff and defense each making their case in a two-week trial for which I sat on the jury at Santa Monica Superior Court. The admirable Judge Lawrence Cho on the bench. To quickly summarize, the case concerns a woman who was...

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Trials and Tribulations: Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 11:09 AM

In Part One of this journey into a two-week trial for which I sat on the jury, we learned the adventurous tale at Santa Monica Superior Court of the opening statements and the plaintiff's side making its case. The estimable Judge Lawrence Cho presiding. You can read the...

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Trials and Tribulations

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 2:53 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote two pieces about my journey diving into the world of jury duty. I'd received a summons for the Superior Court and was assigned to Santa Monica. Much to my dismay, the other jurors told me I was the only person they were sure...

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The Writers Workbench: External USB 3 Drives

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2016 | 12:06 PM

Most people tend to know about USB, or at least heard about it. But USB comes in a wide variety of incarnations. There are USB-A plugs, and USB-B plugs. And micro-USB, and even still some mini-USB hanging around, though they're largely faded out. And a lot more.

But there are...

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Winning the Battle, but Losing the War

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 11:39 AM

For the longest while, half a year almost, commentators have been wondering what on earth Donald Trump could possibly say or do that would make his candidacy collapse. Nothing seemed to have any impact. He insulted a war hero, he insulted women, he insulted Mexico, he insulted the disabled, he...

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