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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 - Travel Accessories

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Portability and travel may be cousins, but they're two different things. Portability is something you carry from here to there. Travel is something you'll need to keep using when you're there. So, this month we look at some of those items that might be useful when you'll be away for...

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Getting Trumped at the Border

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Discussing the political policies of Donald Trump now that he is a Republican "presidential candidate" is a pointless undertaking, not unlike inviting a raccoon to be a guest on Meet the Press. But everyone loves the circus, and so it's hard not to find great amusement in the three-ring spectacle...

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Courting Disaster: When Good Reactions Go Bad

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:01 PM

I understand that not everyone supported the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage. Not everyone supported the Court's decision on Brown v. the Board of Education either. Or Bush v. Gore. Of course, if everyone agreed about everything there wouldn't be a need for a Supreme Court. So, I understand...

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A Big Minow in a Big Pond

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 5:29 PM

I often mention here my friend Nell Minow, who I first met as a kid growing up in Glencoe, Illinois. And we later on had a class together in radio production (appropriately) at Northwestern University, before she transferred to go to college with her high school sweetheart, David Apatoff --...

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A Cold Heart Gets Coulter

(340) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 3:42 PM

I tend not to write about Ann Coulter much anymore. If I wrote every time she said something outrageously insulting, then all I'd do is write about Ann Coulter. Not only would that be a waste of time and space, but it would be close to soul crushing. Besides, Ann...

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Dear God, Another Pat Answer

(76) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 3:04 PM

This past Tuesday, Pat Robertson was responding to a letter sent to his TV show The 700 Club which asked how to help comfort a grieving mother who had lost her baby. The Most Reverend Mr. Robertson had his answer ready. It's that God sees all and sees the end,...

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What Hath Windows 10 Wrought

(8) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:12 PM

Microsoft has been extremely active the last few weeks, holding several conferences -- its Build gathering in San Francisco about technology development, and an Ignite event in Chicago last week for business users. In large part, I assume, that's because the release of Windows 10 is coming very soon. The...

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Jeb Bush -- the Mini-Series Continues

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:53 PM

I'm getting less certain by the day that Jeb Bush will end up with the GOP nomination, because once again he has shown that he doesn't have an answer for his biggest hurdle: anything that has to do with his brother. And so, to my bewilderment, within a mere matter...

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Kissing the Blarney Stone

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Now that the results in Ireland have been reported on the referendum for marriage, and supporters have had a chance to giddily rejoice, and those upset at the results have had a chance to spew and vent, it's important now to step back from all the visceral emotion, take a...

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Getting Totally Bushed

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 6:47 PM

I really meant it the other day when I wrote that "I'm starting to get tired of writing about Jeb Bush." But I find myself once again having to, not because he simply says things I don't agree with -- that's to be expected in politics and part of the...

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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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