Los Angeles Press Club members celebrate the life of TV Legend Stan Chambers, KTLA

Group shot of LA Press Club Tribute

(L-R) George McQuade III, MAYO Communications, Diana Ljungaeus, LA Press Club President Robert Kovacik, NBCLA and KTLA’s Cher Calvin at TV Pioneer Stan Chambers’ Tribute at the Steve Allen Theater.

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A crowd of family members and top SoCal Journalists packed into the Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood (March 12, 2015)  for the LA Press Club a tribute to TV News Pioneer Stan Chambers. The legendary reporter, who worked at  KTLA Ch. 5  for 63 years died Feb. 13, 2015. He was 91. Chambers was the first to broadcast live on TV in Los Angeles.

He was known as a “Gentleman of the press.” He often beat the competition in breaking news. From massive wildfires, devastating earthquakes to the L.A. riots that followed the Rodney King Officers beating trial Chambers was there. KTLA was also the first to air exclusively the home video beating of Rodney King.

LA Press Club President and NBCLA Anchor Robert Kovacik said, “I had the pleasure of working with Stan Chambers, Anchor Hal Fishman, Gerry Ruben, exec producer and Barbara Scott in my childhood,” he joked. “I remember Stan telling me, ‘Just tell what you see Robert.’

Group shot of Stan Chambers Tribute

(L-R) Aida Mayo, Diana Ljungaeus, Robert Kovacik and Cher Calvin at the LA Press Club Stan Chambers Tribute.

But I also I remember when I went to work for Bob Long, (KNBC News Director).  When I handed him a news story there were a few few expletives before Long said, ‘Kovacik, didn’t you learn anything from Stan Chambers?’ I said what did I miss? He said, ‘Great reporters don’t rely on adjectives to tell a great story.’ I will never forget that whenever I write a story,” said Kovacik.

Stan Chambers III said, “This is his second family, the working press in L.A.  I’m sure he’s looking down right now with a big smile from heaven seeing all of his pals here tonight.”

 When asked what he remembered most about his Dad, Chambers said, “We didn’t get a lot of personal time with my dad, but I remember when I was nine (years old) my dad came to me in the morning and said he was going to pick me up at noon from school and take me to the World Series with LA Dodgers vs. the White Sox at the Coliseum. We sat behind the right field wall underneath the clock.

Stan Chambers III at Tribute

Third from the right is Stan Chambers III with his brothers and sisters on the red carpet of his Dad’s LA Press Club Tribute at Steve Allen Theater.

I remember years later my dad saying, ‘those were the worst seats ever.’ But what I remembered was getting out of school for the afternoon, going to the world series and being with my dad,” explained Chambers.  “I really didn’t care where we were sitting. We could have been sitting on top of the clock and it wouldn’t have mattered.”

Tom Labonge and George McQuade III

LA Councilman Tom Labonge with George McQuade III at LA Press Club Tribute to Stan Chambers, KTLA newsman  and pioneer, who worked in LA for 63 years.

“I know I speak on behalf of all my brothers and sisters, GeGe and the grandkids when I say, listening to your words and hearing your sentiments, the way you have expressed your love for Stan has meant a great deal to all of us and we will remember this night forever,” said Dr. Edward Chambers, one Stan Chambers’s sons. He is survived by his wife GeGe, 11 children, 38 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

KTLA President and General Manager Don Corsini said, “Stan was a brilliant journalist and one of the best in the business. “I grew up watching Stan on KTLA. It was a great privilege to, years later, work with him. He set the standard for our business, he was a pioneer, a trailblazer.”

During his more than six decades with KTLA, Chambers covered more than 30,000 stories, ranging from floods and fires to the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. “He will be remembered as a pioneer in the industry, and a pillar of the KTLA family,” KTLA News Director Jason Ball said.

Stan Chambers

Stan Chambers survived by his wife GeGe, 11 children, 38 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. “Family first, job second and everything else falls into place,” he said.

Dr. Chambers told the attendees growing up in our house was like growing up in big bubble. “As kids, we were all inside this world,” he said. “We were protected, it wasn’t a wild or exciting world, it was just a quiet place, where we could grow. And when I look back at that bubble I know it was because of dad.  You were his kids, we were his kids were all family. When I grew up I realized the world is not that bubble. And when I had kids of my own, I appreciated that within me, all of us carried that bubble and that ability to embrace each other and to keep things the way they should be,” explain Dr. Chambers.

“My dad was a great role model, not just for a newsman, but as an old school guy he loved people, he cared about people, his competitors along with his coworkers. His message was very clear, ‘you’re only on this earth for short time, let’s not get petty, jealous, but live life to the fullest,” said Stan Chambers III about his father.

In 2010, Stan Chambers was honored by RTNA at KTLA studios. Photos Online (more).

survived by his wife GeGe, 11 children, 38 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Masquerade Oscar party unmasks new medical breakthrough in early signs of a heart attack

Dr. Douglas Harrington, hidden dangers of heart disease

Dr. Douglas Harrington at the Unmask Heart Disease 2015 OSCAR® Masquerade Ball, presented by the PULS CardiacTest, featured celebrities, dignitaries and politicians donning masks on the red carpet.

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A great way to push the message out that after 15 years, researchers at Stanford University have come up with a new blood test to help doctors determine if you are a good candidate for a heart attack. The medical breakthrough is a new blood test called the – PULS Cardiac Test- that gives early warning signs leading to coronary heart disease.

woman with mask on

Unmask Heart Disease fundraiser announces a new breakthrough blood test called the – PULS Cardiac Test- that gives early warning signs leading to coronary heart disease.

“We have been working on this breakthrough for 15 years,” said Dr. Douglas Harrington. “Tonight is the unmask the heart disease charity ball to benefit GUARDaHEART, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2011, which is dedicated to fighting heart disease.” Harrington said the new test helps identify people with heart disease. So this writer took the simple blood test at the event, which took about one minute to draw blood and half as much time to fill out the one page consent form.

The simple blood test analyzes the biological processes related to the leading cause of myocardial infarction – even in patients with subclinical (asymptomatic) Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Dr. Harrington said it’s validated in a multi-ethnic population and motivates patients to follow their doctor’s advice.

The Unmask Heart Disease 2015 OSCAR® Masquerade Ball, presented by the PULS CardiacTest, featured celebrities, dignitaries and politicians donning masks on the red carpet to “unmask” or unveil the leading cause of heart disease, how to detect it early-on and steps you can take to prevent most heart attacks. Attendees also had the chance to receive their complete cardiac profile provided by the PULS test.

February is national heart month, but Dr. Harrington said most people focus on chloresterol. “Half of all people who’ve had heart attacks had normal cholesterol levels, so we knew something else was going on. So we spent 15 years doing the research and discovered a simple blood test call the PULS Test that measures nine proteins in your blood, where we can identify unstable lesions at a very early stage,” he said. Dr. Harrington said it doesn’t replace anything your doctor is doing, “it just fills a big black hole in the way they evaluate their patients.”

Dr. Harrington told about 300 attendees that being able to detect the unstable lesion that is likely to rupture prior to the cardiac event is crucial in the area of clinical prevention. The PULS™ test and research was developed at Stanford University and other leading institutions.

model on the red carpet

Unmask Heart Disease fundraiser announces a new breakthrough blood test called the – PULS Cardiac Test- that gives early warning signs leading to coronary heart disease. Above Actress Victoria Juvshn on the red carpet.

Heart attacks due to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) remain the leading cause of death and disability among men and women in the U.S., but research also shows 80 percent of them are preventable with early detection and lifestyle modifications. Current methods for detecting CHD, such as cholesterol testing, often miss many people who end up having a heart attack. In fact, 50 percent of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol.

Other nonprofits benefiting from the fundraiser includes: The China California Heart Watchwhich brings together experts from the America, China and around the world. Together, they use innovative methods to fight the growing epidemic of heart disease in Yunnan Province, China. MEMAH - Men Educating Men About Health is a nonprofit organization created by a group of men and directed to men. They’re dedicated to raising the awareness, importance and understanding of men’s health issues.

The fourth nonprofit benefiting from the Masquerade Ball is the Women Network, which is part of a global movement with a professional and personal focus that inspires, builds community and provides actionable information in order to make a valuable difference and encourage change. The W Network puts a spotlight on women by creating stages and platforms around the world for women.