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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 David Letterman Talk Show You Don't Know...

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:56 PM

Amid all the tributes to David Letterman, as his talk show comes to an end tonight, I wish that at least someone on a national scale would have tracked down a clip from the 1979 TV movie, Fast Friends. I remember watching it at the time, and it was enjoyable,...

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The Return of the Jebi

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:35 AM

I can't believe that I'm starting to become tired of writing about Jeb Bush, but it's actually getting to that point. My criticisms aren't because I don't like him -- in fact, as I've noted I find him among the most reasonable of likely GOP presidential contenders, though that standard...

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His Brother's Keeper

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Jeb Bush, former Republican governor of Florida, was asked on Fox News by host Megyn Kelly, "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion (into Iraq)?"

"I would have," he answered.

By now, the widespread criticism of his statement, even from many conservatives, has been apparent. His...

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The Writers Workbench: Solar Chargers

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 10:15 AM

As I've often mentioned, I inexplicably and somewhat irrationally love portable power banks. The best I can ever explain is the efficient elegance of their design, so many features built in to increase their portability - and usability. That gets ratcheted up a notch when you throw in solar devices....

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Fun With Facts

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 2:10 PM

A few years back, a friend of mine was hoping to get hired by a local Los Angeles talk radio station, KABC, for a host job, and was given a one-day audition. Let's call her Beth. Another friend (we'll call him Stu) decided to play a trick on her. On...

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Michele Bachmann and the Burning Question

(46) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:14 PM

Well, at least we have a better idea now why Michele Bachmann left Congress. It appears to be because she was training for the pulpit. "We in our lifetimes potentially could see Jesus Christ returning to earth and the Rapture of the church," the Most Reverend Ms. Bachmann said during...

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The Writers Workbench: System Utilities

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Okay, you have your computer or notebook. You're all set. Except that you aren't. Unlike the old world of typewriters and quill pens, computers exist in a far larger world around them, and it's important that they be protected in a variety of ways. Too many people overlook this, and...

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Putting the 'Bash' Into the Wabash

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Though I was born and raised in Illinois, I spent a good deal of my childhood in Indiana. We had a lot of relatives there, and a family-run department store, H. Gordon & Sons, was based in Gary. Alas, it eventually went out of business in the 1970s when the...

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The Spring of Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:14 PM

It was a lovely spring day in Chicago. Last week it hit a balmy 60 degrees as the season began to move off of winter. Opening Day of the baseball season is just around the corner, less than a mere two weeks away on April 5. I look my morning...

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The Writers Workbench: HP Stream

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 9:43 AM

As I've noted in these columns, I'm a fan of Windows 8.1 and Windows tablets. That's not to say I don't understand the limitations - the main ones being the unfamiliarity of the operating system, and that that there aren't many apps compared to iOS and Android. But the perception...

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Just One More, Slight Bill O'Reilly Correction...

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:20 AM

I saw a billboard on Monday for an upcoming TV movie, Killing Jesus. I assume this is based on the book by Bill O'Reilly as part of his "Killing Famous People in History" series.

Checking around the Internet, I noticed that in conjunction with the TV movie, the book's publisher...

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Lincoln Was Right

(154) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Sometimes, all you have to do is hand a person a shovel, and they'll happily dig a hole even deeper for themselves.

I thought that my piece yesterday about Rudolph Giuliani (R-NY) claiming that President Barack Obama didn't love America would be my last word on the subject, at least...

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The Silent Minority

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:11 AM

"I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America." -- Rudy Giuliani (R-NY), speaking about President Barack Obama


While Mr. Giuliani shocked most of America with his statement -- though, to be clear,...

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In Order to Form a Less Perfect Union...

(14) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 11:31 AM

When Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) went out and gutted unions in Wisconsin, he knew that the state legislature had his back. The state government was pretty closely divided between parties, but Republicans had the majority, and so they could ramrod most any decisions down the gut of the state. Which...

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The Sarah Palin Criticism: Valentine's Day Edition

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:33 PM

The other week, the Daily Beast website published an article from author Mark Lewis, a longtime supporter and defender of Sarah Palin, who among other things had edited a book of Palin quotes, The Quotable Rogue. After years of significant support, however, he wrote a long article here...

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Running on Empty

(12) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 11:26 AM

We're only three months past the mid-term elections, far too early for any candidates to even announce for the presidency, and already three Republicans have started to self-destruct. Four, if you count Mitt Romney. How else do you describe telling friends you're interested in running and then just days later...

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The GOP Theme o' the Week

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 11:38 AM

You can tell when the dittohead memo has gone out from GOP headquarters, because not only do so many on the far right start making the same point, but you see it repeated and repeated and endlessly repeated in tweets flying across your screen.

In this case, the current GOP...

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The Writers Workbench: CES 2015 Wrap-up

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Yes, it's that season again. What I refer to as The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. That can only mean one thing - the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Disneyland for adults.

It's odd, I dislike crowds. But I love CES, even with its nearly 200,000 visitors. Some...

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Taking It to the Banks

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 11:54 AM

It's sad to pass along the news that Ernie Banks passed away last night at the age of 83. I've written about "Mr. Cub" quite a lot on these pages, including when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, and it's incredibly hard to get across to people...

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Politics Make Strange Strangefellows

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:22 AM

On the eve of the State of the Union Address, there are some things in politics I understand.

I understand why I like President Barack Obama. I understand why there are people who have a different political philosophy and therefore don't like him. I understand, too, why there are people...

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