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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 Writers Workbench: Alternate Tablets

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Last month, we took a look at the less-common world of 10" Windows tablets, a fairly-recent entry to the landscape that is far behind that of the more prominent iPad and Android devices, but which offers a range of productivity I find particularly impressive. I thought I'd stick with tablets...

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Courting Disaster

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:27 PM

There are times when words actually do fail -- but that doesn't mean you don't try.

When the Supreme Court voted to give an "exception" to businesses who say they have religious conflicts over aspects of the Affordable Care Act, it pretty much pulled away the curtain that only-just-barely kept...

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It's Not His Party, and He'll Cry if He Wants To

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:09 PM

"This is not the party of Reagan. Today the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in the state of Mississippi."
-- Chris McDaniel (R-MI), defeated candidate in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate

Chris McDaniel was the candidate of the Tea Party (tm) corporation and...

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The Return of Airplane!

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 12:02 PM

The other day, I was back in Chicago watching the Cubs game, and an ad came on during the pre-game show. It was very funny and wonderfully done -- far better than most movie parodies, which can be heavy-handed. But I was hesitant to fully appreciate it, since I didn't...

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The Writers Workbench: Windows Tablets

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:51 AM

First things first -- and this is true for all Windows tablet: they simply don't have the apps available yet that the iPad and Androids do. ("Yet" is the operative word. I think Windows tablets is a growing field, and as it grows the app world will grow.) Further, most...

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One of the Greatest Sports Miracles Ever...!!

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Now that the World Cup has started, and the United States has come up with a miracle victory, I thought this would be a good time to tell the story of not only one of the greatest, unknown World Cup miracles, but one of the all-time great sports miracles, period.

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Where There's a Will, There's No Way

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 12:50 PM

For years, as a lifelong diehard Chicago Cubs fan, people have asked me about George Will who himself is such a public and outspoken fan of the team. And they've asked if I've read his writing about baseball, notably his book, Men at Work.

I always say that the one...

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How to Go from Folk Hero to Zero in 60 Seconds

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Steve Coburn was one of the two "Everyman" owners of the horse California Chrome, which came up short in its attempt to become the first horse in 36 years to win the Triple Crown. In his open, jovial way, he became a beloved figure to the public and press. Endearing,...

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Giving a New Meaning to Saying Mass

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 2:05 PM

A question I hope some can ask the folks over at the corporate-owned NRA fringe group -- is it too early yet to talk about the Seattle Pacific mass shooting? Sorry, my mistake, what I meant was the Santa Barbara mass shooting. Actually, I'm still waiting for the NRA to...

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Good News on the Gun Control Front

(6) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 11:08 AM

A year ago, in March, 2013, I wrote a gun control article here for The Huffington Post, "The Good Thing We Can Learn From Anti-Abortion States." It stemmed from news stories about red states where abortion was totally legal, yet laws were being enacted to make it difficult...

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Morning News Round-Up: Headline Edition

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 11:27 AM

We reads the headlines so's you don't have have to.

After being out of town for a month, it takes a while to catch up and get back to speed. So, I don't have it in me yet to read many news stories, and I especially don't have it in...

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My Favorite Bob Hoskins Performance By Far

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:34 AM

I was so sorry to belatedly read that Bob Hoskins died the other week. It occurred on the day I was traveling, and the elves back at the homestead fell down on the job and didn't let me know. So, I'm coming to this belatedly. But better belate than never.

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The Writers Workbench: Portable Power 2014

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 10:10 AM

For reasons I can't quite explain, I love portable chargers. Much of that has to do with how elegantly they're designed. There's a class of products that pull at my heartstrings - camping gear is high on that list - that have to be designed with great efficiency, and portable...

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The Power of Belief

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:23 AM

"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it."
-- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), crack weather enthusiast

I have to admit, there's something borderline adorable about someone looking at a matter of science and acknowledging what...

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At the Lord's Beck and Call

(17) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:39 AM

While giving a commencement address at Liberty University a week ago, Glenn Beck told the students that he not only had some personal thoughts to deliver, but also a message from God Himself.

My first thought was, geez, some people will say anything to get graduating students to listen...

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Happy Maurice Cheeks Day!

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 4:51 PM

[This is a reprint of a column originally written in 2009. Some stories simply demand repeating. Or better put, demand not being forgotten. This is one of them.]


April 27, 2009

Oh, Say Can You Sing? A National Anthem to Remember

As I prepared to...

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The Amazing Racism

(30) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Who'd have thought that there would be a guy named Bundy more pathetic and hapless than Al? Or even -- almost -- Ted. But you have to give it to Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher and monologist whose 15 minutes of Conservative Hero Worship disappeared faster than the Wicked Witch...

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100 Years of Solitude

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 1:10 PM

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This is it. Today is the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. Initially it was known as Weegham Park, and then Cubs Park, but eventually the Wrigley family came in and they got the name right... What's odd is we hear so much these...

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Pity the Poor Exorbitantly-Paid CEOs

(17) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 12:58 PM

On Friday, Slate had an article, which you can read here, by Zachary Kalabell, titled "Stop Obsessing Over Exorbitant CEO Pay."

Because, after all, "exorbitant" apparently doesn't mean what you or the dictionary think it does ("Greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation"). And CEOs who are paid...

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The Writers Workbench: The Flashlight Edition

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:51 PM

I hadn't really expected to devote much attention to what are basically flashlights. In fact, when I came across the new series of Energizer products, I only contacted the company about reviewing one of them, an item which I thought would be appropriate for using when on the road. But...

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