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Ron Shelton hosts, Vin Scully talks; lunch doesn't matter

November 10, 2009 |  1:57 pm

Vin Movie director Ron Shelton is hosting the Hollywood Radio & TV Society Luncheon Series at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and Vin Scully is telling stories and answering questions.

Shelton called Scully the true "center" of Los Angeles after first taking the microphone to say, "I'm just happy to be here and hope I can help the ball club."

Scully is telling jokes and has already used phrases such as "towel across the loins," and lines like, "One of the lessons to be learned is that I know I'll be wrong but please God don't let me be loud wrong."

And he's telling stories about his mistakes. Or, as Vin says, "Words are jewels, but they can also be bullets. I was doing a game against the Reds, who had an outfielder by the name of Lloyd Merriman. He hit a foul ball. My mind told my mouth to say, 'A hot shot hit foul ...' Well ..."

The crowd is laughing loud and Vin finished his story this way: "I went on to say, 'He went to Stanford, he was a pilot in the Marine Corps, blundering my way on and on. A few days later, we were in New York and I went into a restaurant. The waiter in New York said, 'I don't think we can let you in.' I asked him why and the waiter said, 'After what you said on the radio, what will you say in a restaurant?' "

Anyway, luncheon goers are being offered the chance to write questions to Vin on blue cards. One suspects everyone here will be happy if Scully just keeps telling stories.

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Vin Scully waves to the crowd at Dodger Stadium during opening day on April 13. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times