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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 Peter Principle

(1) 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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The Writers Workbench: Small Sound

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Many years ago, I got what, at the time, I thought was an amazingly cool product. It was a portable speaker so small I could carry it in my pocket, not much bigger than my thumb. And it was cool, though I didn't use it much. That's because the sound...

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The Writers Workbench: IFA Berlin 2014

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 2:46 PM

IFA began life in Berlin 90 years ago as an expo for radio. It's grown vastly over the years, and changed even more, until today it's become a sort of a cross between the Consumer Electronics Show and... well...the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

If you had to draw a distinction...

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The 'When You Talk, They Can Hear You' Conundrum

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Last week, we heard about Tom Ready, the Republican candidate in Colorado, who claimed that the Newtown massacre of 20 children and six adults was a government hoax to advance gun control. He later blamed his words on someone else, that he was just linking to them. Though oddly he...

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Live From IFA Berlin 2014: New Tech in the Old World

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:53 AM

There's "April in Paris" and "Autumn in New York." And once again there's September in Berlin, because it's time for the IFA tech trade show.

This is my third year at IFA, which is a fascinating experience, sort of a cross between the Consumer Electronics Show and the Barnum &...

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The NRA Takes Tone Deaf to a New Low

(9) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Sometimes when you're crazed, you don't realize how crazed you are. Welcome to the world of the gun corporation-owned NRA, an outlier fringe group.

And so they were at it again. Less than 48 hours after a nine-year-old little girl accidentally killed the instructor who was teaching her at the...

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And the Rand Played On

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:02 PM

"I think that's what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there's gonna be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, 'You know what? We are tired of war. We're worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in...
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The Writers Workbench: Tablet Accessories

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:47 PM

The past two months, The Writers Workbench has reviewed a variety of tablets. In the course of all that, I'd been sent or just generally came across in the process a range of accessories to work along with tablets. It seemed like that would make a reasonable wrap-up to this...

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The 'Oh, Didn't I Tell You?' Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 9:42 AM

A friend of mine offhandedly mentioned yesterday that he and his business partner were involved with a fitness start-up that he'd blithely failed to mention before. And by "before," I mean for the past four years!. And yes, I've regularly asked, "So, what's up?" And "How are things going?" It...

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The Writers Workbench: Bonus Charger Edition

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:37 AM

As the title suggests, consider this a bonus edition of "The Writers Workbench." Only a couple months back, I just did a column on portable power chargers - a subject which bizarrely is one of my favorites for reasons I can't quite explain - so it's much too soon (even...

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Polls Show That People Care Obamacare Cares

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:44 PM

A couple of weeks ago, the Commonwealth Fund released the results of a poll of people who have decided to take the plunge and actually dare to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. One of the most surprising results -- well, "surprising" if you weren't...

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The Writers Workbench: Alternate Tablets

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 12:01 PM

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 | 1:27 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 | 3:09 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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