Services Tuesday in Santa Clarita for KABC cameraman Artie Williams III


Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita will likely be overflowing Tuesday for a funeral to honor KABC Channel 7 cameraman Artie Williams III, who died last weekend while diving off Catalina Island just before his 60th birthday.

Much of Williams’ work was on sports assignments, and one of his last was at the Lakers’ press conference introducing Dwight Howard at Staples Center.

“There had to be 20 cameras there all trying to get position, but there was Artie front and center, always there early to get the best spot,” said Channel 7 sports anchor and reporter Curt Sandoval.


“He was like a brother to me. I remember my first week on the job, I was sent to do a story on a charity golf tournament in Brentwood. I knew no one. I was terrified. Artie calmly took me under his wing and introduced me to every Lakers, Rams and Raiders player there. He saved me.

“He was the kind of guy who’d call me on Father’s Day, he’d call my wife Jeanne on Mother’s Day, and he’d call just to say hi to our kids.”

Williams, who lived in Sherman Oaks, had been with KABC since 1982 and won an Emmy Award for his work on the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics coverage.

Michael Roth, the spokesman for AEG and Staples Center, said of Williams: “He represented what you’d like any journalist to be — It was just as important for Artie to make his sportscaster look good as it was to make anyone he shot and any venue he was at also look good. He wasn’t only appreciated by his colleagues but any publicist or subject of an interview he worked with. It was important that he took care of everybody.

“On top of that, he was just a pleasure to be around. I never remember seeing him in anything but a good mood, always interested in our lives and our families.”

More: A video tribute to Williams on the KABC website:


Artie Williams III, left, with Curt Sandoval, second from right, and the KABC crew at a USC football game at the Coliseum.

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Q&A: Artist Peter Chen, and his Jumbotron ways of shedding a new light on MLB portraits


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Torrance artist Peter Chen displays his Jumbotron Art portrait of Steve Garvey, along with images he has done on Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax.


At some point, a light went off in Peter Chen’s head.

Those cartoonish, super-hero portraits of Major League Baseball players from the 1970s and ’80s that once flashed up on the stadium scoreboards really were pieces of somewhat forgotten pop art.

From his Torrance home studio, the 40-year-old graphic design artist started experimenting. It wasn’t long before he recreated the dot-matrix patterns of the Dodgers infield from his childhood – Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey.

It was like Andy Warhol meets LeRoy Neiman on a Lite-Brite canvas.


Chen’s self-described Jumbotron Art series has subsequently flipped a switch for those who reconnect to that time in their mind’s eye. In some ways, it’s almost as if you could take one of these 12×12 inch portraits, turn it upside down, shake it like an Etch-A-Sketch, and have the opening of an ABC “Monday Night Baseball” game with Bob Uecker and Don Drysdale fall out of it.

What Sports Illustrated has called “Lo-Fi High Art,” Chen has made more than 100 one-of-a-kind prints available as part of his other pieces of baseball work at, expanding to include many of the current stars of the game as well as those from the past.

As one who grew up a Dodgers fan in Rancho Palos Verdes, Chen explains how he came up with this new-media idea to evoke an old-school image:

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Play It Forward: Aug. 20-26 on your sports calendar

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:


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Chantal Sutherland and Game On Dude, riding here to victory in the Californian at Hollywood Park on June 2, won the 2011 Santa Anita Derby together as well (above). She’s also in this Del Mar photo shoot earlier this summer (below) for the San Diego lifestyle magazine Ranch & Coach.


Horse racing: Del Mar Pacific Classic, Sunday at 4:30 p.m., TVG:


Chantal Sutherland with a whip in her hand can be a) quite intimidating, b) quite interesting or c) cause for punishment. All three happened happen for the person who holds the current Google-based title of “hottest female jockey,” as she was ordered to serve a four-day suspension by the British Horseracing Authority between Aug. 25-28 for excessive use of her whip on a horse while riding in a competition at Ascot, England, last week. But that punishment goes away as she’s asked to climb back on Game On Dude for the running of this $1 million race, granted a stay in her suspension as it’s being appealed. The 5-foot-2, 113-pound Sutherland famously took Bob Baffert’s Game On Dude to the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap victory at a 14-1 shot, making her the first female jock to win that race. The pair was second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic and reunite for this signature Del Mar event. Richard’s Kid, the winner of the 2009 and 2010 Pacific Classic, is entered here, too, after suddenly being sold late last week and moving from Baffert’s barn to Doug O’Neill’s — but then O’Neill’s assistant, Leandro Mora, will handle the 7-year-old this week because O’Neill began a 40-day suspension handed down from the California Horse Racing Board on Sunday. Lots of strange stuff going on. Meanwhile, Acclamation, the six-year-old Eclipse Award winner and victor in the 2011 Pacific Classic, won’t be defending his title after coming up with a swollen left front ankle last week. “I’m sorry for Del Mar,” said trainer Don Johnston said. “He’s a very popular horse and he would have brought interest to the race and some people to the grandstand.”


MLB: Dodgers vs. San Francisco, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime, ESPN2:


So here’s the deal with Clayton Kershaw’s grizzly look:
Since the 24-year-old has been sprouting facial hair — and calling it a full-grown beard would be generous — he’s won his last four starts, starting with a 4-0 complete-game victory at San Francisco on July 29. He’s given up six earned runs and struck out 29 in that span over 30 1/3 innings, a 1.78 ERA in that stretch, walking just four, and holding opponents to a .163 average.
With an 11-6 record and 2.90 ERA, Kershaw may not find the Giants’ lineup as hairy as usual when he pitches the opener, as the suspended Melky Cabrera is no where to be found, and his teammates try to pick up the offense left behind for someone hitting .346.
Madison Bumgarner (13-7, 2.97) faces Kershaw with almost equal stats, and perhaps knowing that Matt Kemp has gone 0-for-14 in his last series in Atlanta.
That reminds us: We really do miss Giants over-bearded reliever Brian Wilson.
Show up Tuesday (7:10 p.m., Channel 9, Joe Blanton vs. Tim Lincecum) and there’s a “I See You” Fernando Valenzuela bobblehead waiting to be taken. The series ends Wednesday (7:10 p.m., Channel 9, Chris Capuano vs. Matt Cain).



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Bruce Springsteen performs next to the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, last Tuesday.

MLB: Angels at Boston, 4:10 p.m., FSW:


While the Red Sox were away last week, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band knocked out a couple of concerts at Fenway on his “Wrecking Ball” Tour. That may be a better description of how the Red Sox under Bobby Valentine have been performing, while looking for their glory days. Valentine’s daily reality show includes the Angels this week, struggling themselves to pick up ground in the AL wildcard race and actually raising questions again about Mike Scioscia’s leadership. The series continues Wednesday (4:10 p.m., FSW, Jered Weaver against Clay Buchholz) and Thursday (4:10 p.m., FSW).

WNBA: Sparks vs. Indiana, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m.:

Get to know your 16-6 Sparks, again. Here’s the first of three in a row at home this week — where they’re 9-1 thus far — that includes matchups against San Antonio, winners of 11 straight (Thursday, 7:30 p.m.) and New York (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)


MLB: N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 5 p.m., ESPN2:

Leaders of the AL East and Central split four games already. White Sox ace Chris Sale (14-4, 2.72) comes off a loss to Kansas City.


MLB: Atlanta at San Francisco, 7:10 p.m.:

The Braves finish a three-game series the night before in Washington before taking a red-eye to make it the West Coast for this one. The Giants have only to go home from L.A.



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Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley threw seven shutout innings at Atlanta on Sunday.

MLB: Dodgers vs. Miami, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:

More beard talk: Since Chad Billingsley (10-9, 3.44) started sporting one, he’s won a career-best six in a row. Prior to it, he had lost five in a row and had an ERA of 6.21. He’s set to throw against Saturday night (6:10 p.m., Prime) against Mark Buehrle. The Dodgers took two of three in Miami last weekend, capped by Chris Capuano’s 5-0, 10K shutout in the finale. Hanley Ramirez also celebrated his return to Marlinland by going 6-for-13 in the series with 5 RBIs and 2 runs scored. The series ends Sunday (1:05 p.m., Prime)

MLB: Angels at Detroit, 4:05 p.m., FSW:

The Angels continue to flounder around in the AL wildcard, trailing, among others, these Tigers. They were just in Detroit last month, losing three of four. The only success came with rookie Garrett Richards’ 13-0 shutout victory where he went seven innings of three-hit ball, reaching 100 pitches. The series goes Saturday (4:05 p.m., FSW) and Sunday (10:05 a.m., FSW).


NASCAR Sprint Cup: Irwin Tools 500, Bristol, Tenn., 4 p.m., Channel 7:

Back again under the lights on the so-called “world’s fastest half-mile.” Brad Keselowski ended Kyle Bush’s two-Bristol race win streak a year ago.



Beach volleyball: Manhattan Beach Open, Sunday’s finals: Women, 2:15 p.m.; men, 4 p.m.:


The afterglow of the U.S. beach volleyball medals won at the London Games may lead to some sandy celebration on the mainland, as the No. 2 men’s team of Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibbs are registered to compete for what’s been known as the Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball over the last half century. The two were with No. 1 men’s team Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser in a FIBA even in Poland, each reaching the semifinals. No word if Rogers-Dalhausser will get back in time to compete here. The women’s gold-medal team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings have officially split up; Walsh Jennings played in Poland with new teammate Nichole Branagh, while women’s silver-medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross were there, too. This classic is only offering a purse of $100,000, half of what sponsors put up a year ago, so not as big a pay day for the defending men’s champion John Hyden (of Sherman Oaks) and Sean Scott, or the women’s defending team of Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik (that’s them above). The men’s side is also expected to include veteran Mike Lambert teaming up with Jesse Rambis, son of former Laker Kurt Rambis. Qualifying begins Friday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), with main-draw action on Saturday (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.). The final eliminations start Sunday at 8 a.m. The annual Manhattan Beach Pier plaque ceremony is Friday at 2 p.m. More info:

Little League Baseball: World Series final, noon, Channel 7:


We just had a flashback to the very early ’70s, when we had one of those old-school GAF Viewmasters, and among the disks we had of national parks, moon landings and episodes of “Flipper,” we got ahold of one with ABC’s Little League World Series highlights. It seemed to 3D real. Now, we just have to rely on high-def TV to deliver the goods from Williamsport, Pa. Here’s where the U.S. champ meets the International champ. A team from California has won two of the last three titles and seven overall since this started in 1947, and Petaluma remains alive despite a loss Sunday, on the edge of eliminination with a game Monday. ABC also has Saturday’s International title game (9:30 a.m.) followed by the U.S. title game (12:30 p.m.).

MLS: Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, Home Depot Center, 4 p.m., NBC Sports Network:

The Galaxy will have played Isidro Metapan in the CONCACAF Champions League match on Wednesday at home, and then are required to play host to the Puerto Rico Islanders on Aug. 29 after this MLS contest against Dallas. With a record thus far of 11-11-4, and holding the last spot in the top five of the Western Conference, at least they’re not sitting where Dallas is — 7-11-8, and eight points behind the Galaxy, who hold a 1-0-1 edge over Dallas in matches his year.


IndyCar: Grand Prix of Sonoma County, 1 p.m., NBC Sports Network:

Series leader Will Power has said that changes made in the 2.31-mile course will “definitely promote more passing,” in Turn 7, which has been reshaped into a hairpin U-turn. Do that for 85 laps and see how it goes.

NFL exhibitions: San Francisco at Denver, 1 p.m., Channel 11; Detroit at Oakland, 1 p.m., Channel 5; Carolina at N.Y. Jets, 5 p.m., Channel 4:


Jets coach Rex Ryan says his staters will probably play about three quarters in this one, and then sit it out until the real season starts. That’s going to help the Jets figure out how to score a touchdown, which they haven’t done in eight exhibition quarters to date? “It’s the second preseason game,” Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said after Saturday’s 26-3 loss to the Giants. “It’s not time to hit the panic button. You have to improve and learn from this stuff. I know we can do it.” Adds Tim Tebow: “We haven’t even played a real game. When the regular season gets here, then that’s when it’s for real. We’ve got to continue to show improvement and get better every day.”

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Sunday Q-and-A: The Baseball Reliquary, through the lense of Jon Leonoudakis, is not exactly mainstream


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Jon Leonoudakis gets the Famous Chicken treatment when in San Diego interviewing said chicken, aka Ted Giannoulas, for the documentary.

Jon Leonoudakis is not exactly shy about explaining all the ways the Baseball Reliquary has been a life-changing experience.


The last few years creating the self-financed and emotionally driven documentary, “Not Exactly Cooperstown,” which has its world premiere Sunday open free to the public at the Pasadena Central Library (2 p.m., 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena), proves that point.

Once disillusioned by Major League Baseball’s labor impasse, the cancellation of the 1994 World Series and more fallout from the steroid scandal, Leonoudakis decided on a whim to attend the 2002 Shrine of the Eternals induction ceremony, sponsored by Reliquary and created by its founder and executive director, Terry Cannon.

If anything, it was a chance to meet one his childhood favorite players, Minnie Minoso.

But there was so much more than Minnie.

Ten years later, Leonoudakis wants to give back by spreading the word about this non-profit organization’s ability to live up to its billing as the “People’s Hall of Fame,” remaining a voice as a non-brick-and-mortar, anti-establishment love-in that just wants to celebrate why the sport continues to resonate on so many sensory levels.

The documentary doesn’t shy away from controversial exhibits that the Reliquary has sponsored. There was some fallout from a “Lasordapaloosa” gathering that included some unflattering material of former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and did not endear itself to the Dodgers organization. But it gave Cannon a chance to explain the importance of the Reliquary not being affiliated with the MLB or any team, to give it an independent voice and stay true to its mission statement.

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Weekly media column version 08.17.12


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Rick Neuheisel plays catch on the UCLA sidelines before last December’s Pac-12 championship game in Oregon.

What made it into today’s weekly media column (linked here):

Rick Neuheisel’s first impressions of being apart of the new Pac-12 Network, plus more NBC Olympic hangover, a Susan Stratton lifetime Emmy recognition and what’s not up yet with the CBS and NBC radio networks finding a home in L.A.

What didn’t make it in:

== Vin Scully was on with Jimmy Traina for the “Hot Clicks” podcast this week — going on for more than a half hour (linked here).

One minor insight highlight: “Many years ago, shortly after we moved to California, a friend in the advertising business asked (if I would) consider coming back to New York to broadcast the Yankees. Mel Allen was having some problems. Why not think about it? I appreciated it, but I’m settled in here with the Dogers and I’m going to stay where I am. … There’s been no real tug in any other direction.”

== The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp is featured on “My MLB Life,” a new MLB Network and MLB Productions series profile that starts Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Kemp is followed around at his new home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., offseason workouts, and visits to Oklahoma between Dec. 2001 and May of this year. Future episodes include
Torii Hunter, CC Sabathia and Ryan Zimmerman.


== The Dodgers-Braves 4 p.m. contest Saturday from Atlanta is designated as the annual Civil Rights Game, something we’d normally get to see on the MLB Network,. But because it’s a Dodger telecast, Prime Ticket has the local rights. More background on the festivities surrounding the game (at this link).

== ESPN “Monday Night Football” analyst Jon Gruden is the focus of a Bryant Gumbel piece in the next episode of HBO’s “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 9 p.m.). Gruden turns 49 today.

== Highlights so far of the Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket 17-game schedule of CIF football starting Aug. 24 are St. Bonaventure vs. Corona Centennial (Aug. 31, 10:30 p.m., delayed) and Valencia at Chaminade (Sept. 7, delayed at 10:30 p.m.).

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