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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 GOP Theme o' the Week

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 12:38 PM

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 | 1:15 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 | 12:54 PM

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 | 12:22 PM

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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The Magical World of Mitt Romney

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 11:54 AM

On Wednesday, as Mitt Romney potentially prepared for another run at the Republican nomination for president, his aides were out roaming the nooks and crannies, trying to drum up support. And in an interview with the Boston Globe, one of the former GOP nominee's "longtime advisers" told the paper that...

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CES Live: Day 2 Begins...

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Starting with the second day of CES, the doors to the halls open an hour earlier. (I presume that they open later on the first day to give vendors more time to get their booths ready.) So, I have less time in the Press Room to deal with things, and...

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CES Live: Before Day One Begins

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:11 PM

CES officially opens today, though there were a bunch of events last night. The doors open to the show floors in a bit, but I have a little time to get down some random observations. And these will be quite random, and thoughts pop into my head about some things...

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Ultra-D Glassless 3D-TV Update

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 12:34 PM

I've written several stories this past few years about a company called Stream TV Networks. The company makes a product called Ultra-D, which is a stunning technology they license for 3D-TV without glasses.

I know that some analysts feel that the window for 3D-TV has come and gone, flopping poorly....

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Here We Are Again: Kukla, Fran and Ollie

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:52 AM

As I've mentioned often, I love Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy (and Mortimer Snerd). The only other that equals them for me is Burr Tillstrom and Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

I've tried to find video of the Kuklapolitan Players online, and there is some, but unfortunately none of it does...

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The Writers Workbench: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Let it snow, let it snow, let it..oh, okay, you get the point. 'Tis the season for my annual Holiday Gift Guide, where we look back over the previous months and pass along some of the products that got reviewed during the year that might make a nice gift, for...

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(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:34 PM

I suspect most reaction to Peter Pan Live will be split down the middle by those who just absolutely adored it, and those who hated it. People so often love to say something was The Best thing they've ever seen, or The Worst. And this production lends itself to hyperbole...

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What's Up, Doc? No, Seriously.

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Now that the Republican Party has officially gone postal over the concept of keeping families together by temporarily delaying deportation, it's important to understand the depth that fear of illegal immigration goes in today's Grand Old Party.

Taking a page from Arizona's boot-stomping "Papers, please" law that targets immigrant-looking people...

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When Good Conspiracy Theories Go Bad

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:21 AM

"I'm going to do a hard review of this."
-- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

There is going to be yet another investigation of Benghazi. Yes, really -- another one.

But don't worry, this investigation is actually going to be very different. This one is going to...

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The Peter Principle

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 11:02 AM

There have been a few stories about changes being made to the new production of Peter Pan that NBC will broadcast live on December 4, starring Allison Williams. Most notably, songs are being cut and (more notably) added.

Normally I'm not big on changes to existing works, but understand sometimes...

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The Writers Workbench: The Very Long Windows 8 Column

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM

It's quite belated, but I figured that it's time to finally tackle the subject and do a column on Windows 8. (Actually, it's Windows 8.1 now, and that makes a big difference, but I'll use the name interchangeably here. But know it is actually Windows 8.1.)

We'll get to all...

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That's the Ticket

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:36 AM

Recently on a visit to family in Chicago, I bought a ticket over the phone for the quite wonderful Writers Theatre in suburban Glencoe, where they currently have the Midwest premiere of an intriguing-sounding play, Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath. Rather than their main theater, it's being produced in their...

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For Whom the Nell Tells

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:18 PM

I've written often about my friend Nell Minow who I've known since grade school. But the reason I've done so is that she's simply one of the more fascinating people I know. On the one hand, she's one of the world's leading experts on corporate governance who has testified before...

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Windows Phone 8.1 -- It's Not Just for Insulting Anymore

(28) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Hi, my name is Robert, and I have a Windows Phone.

Actually, rather than feel like I should be a member of Cell Phones Anonymous, I quite like the phone, a Nokia Lumia 928. It has flaws, but I think most phone operating systems have flaws. The most obvious in...

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Reince Priebus Saves the Day

(6) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:09 PM

The state of Texas recently passed a Republican-led law which shut down 13 abortion clinics this week, leaving the state with only seven. There had been 44 just a year ago. Needless-to-say, this action put the GOP again in the spotlight for accusations of their War on Women, a charge...

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George Bush Still Puts the 'W' in Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 12:26 PM

"I'm not going to second guess our president, I understand how tough the job is. To have a former president bloviating and second guessing, I don't think is good for the presidency or the country. He and his team will make the best informed decision they can make."

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