"I'd been so attached to that comic strip since I was a kid," Benoit
said in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Palos Verdes. "It
was a natural thing to me. I can relate to Charlie Brown because during
my childhood I was one of those kids who wasn't perfect. A loner, but a
kind-hearted, sweet kid."
A jazz pianist and composer, Benoit's music encompasses a wide range
of jazz from contemporary pop to straight ahead bebop and from orchestra
to hip-hop. His multifaceted solo discography stretches from the late
1970s to the present. A highlight is the 1988 "Every Step of the Way,"
which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Jazz Fusion category.
Benoit scored several Peanuts specials with a hit cover of Guaraldi's
"Linus and Lucy." He remade the song for GRP Records' "Happy Anniversary,
Charlie Brown" in 1989. The pairing of Benoit and Peanuts continues with
his new GRP release, "Here's To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years!"
"I hope people are entertained by my Starlight Bowl concert, and also
walk away with a warm feeling," he said.
The Aug. 13 concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and gates open at 5:30.
Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children. Parking is $2.
Officers of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Gudgeon Ship #8310 were recently installed by Roberta Windberg, district
Incoming officers are Lucille Dalley, president; Joyce Bergloff,
senior vice president; Maureen Page, junior vice president; Helen
Raduenz, chaplain; Irene Vodnansky, treasurer; Flo Johnson, conductress;
Linda Murphy, guard; Virginia Troxell, first year trustee; Ruth Buttino,
second year trustee; Marla Gibson, third year trustee; Vilma Barron,
patriotic instructor; and Ann Glaze, secretary.
Gladys Tenke was honored with a life membership certificate and pin
for crocheting 37 lap robes for patients at the Veterans Hospital.
Fifth Service Area Director Catherine Perry recently installed a new
slate of officers for the Los Angeles Unit of Women's Overseas Service
League, which has Burbank members.
President Mary A. Pearce of Encino was installed as president. Serving
with her are Helen Finke, vice president; Isabel Estrada, recording
secretary; Sarah Evraets, corresponding secretary; and Louise Towner,
The league is made up of women who formerly served in the armed
forces. Burbank members are Genevieve Hill Cadmus and Pauline Morrish.
Membership is open to women who served in the shorter wars, like
Lebanon, Grenada, the Panama Canal and most recently the Persian Gulf
War. Those women who served in the world wars, Korea and Vietnam are also
For information, call Pauline Morrish at 845-2888.
* JOYCE RUDOLPH is features editor. Her society column runs each
Saturday. To have an event covered, call her at 637-3241 or fax
information to 241-1975.