The Luncheon Society—Los Angeles and San Francisco/Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee/How Democrats can rebound in 2018/LA–January 26, 2018/Napa Valley Grille/SF–Fior d’Italia February 23, 2018


Flashback/The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/ Scott Hubbard Member, Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board Former Director of NASA Ames Research Center on what led to the space shuttle Columbia’s disintegration upon reentry/ January 9, 2007/ Stanford Park Hotel

The Luncheon Society—New York/ MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter discusses the current political climate/September 28, 2017/NY Yankees Steakhouse

The Luncheon Society—New York/Future of the Automobile with Levi Tilleman/2018 congressional candidate /June 14, 2017/NY Yankees Steakhouse

Flashback/ The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/Peter Magowan, President and Managing Partner of The San Francisco Giants/July 9, 2003/Momo’s

The Luncheon Society—Los Angeles/Producer Lawrence Turman on the 50th anniversary of his film, “The Graduate.” /May 16, 2017/ Napa Valley Grille

Graduateposter67 (1)It could only be Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in “The Graduate.”

Film classics find their own running room to blossom–often through a series of happy accidents–but it was the chemistry between producer Larry Turman and director Mike Nichols and the casting choices they made which propelled  “The Graduate” to one of the top movies of all time, according to the American Film Institute.

As The Luncheon Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking film, producer Lawrence Turman joined The Luncheon Society again—but this time to really focus on what “The Graduate” means as a film but how the creation of the film became a classic.

Robert Redford as Benjamin Braddock would have been too prep, too good looking, and simply too unbelievable. Nobody would believe that Redford would need to crash a wedding in Santa Barbara to get the girl—because he was Robert Redford after all—the girls would eagerly flock to him.

Mrs. Robinson could never be Doris Day either, even it if she played against “type” from the characters she portrayed over the last 15 years, opposite either Rock Hudson or James Garner.  The mere thought of Doris Day sleeping the son of her husband’s business partner would have been just too much for The Catholic League.  Rumor had it that Day’s husband at the time simply threw the script away. Even wilder, Ronald Reagan was briefly considered for the role of Benjamin’s father, but elective office had called him away to other pursuits.

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The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/Annabelle Gurwitch/Thurber Prize of American Humor Finalist, new book/”Wherever You Go, There They Are”/April 21, 2018/Fior d’italia