One of Hollywood’s most respected international journalists has died. Jorge Camara was a past president/Chairman of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as well as member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. He spent six years as HFPA President and served as an officer or board member for more than 20 years. Camara joined the BFCA in 2000. He is the only critic or journalist ever to be a member of HFPA and BFCA.
Bob A. Polunsky, a longtime local movie critic, who reviewed films for the San Antonio Express-News from 1968 to 1996, passed away on Sunday. He was 85 years old.
Polunksy, a U.S. Army veteran and University of Texas at Austin graduate, started his career in the media as a traffic manager at KABC Radio in San Antonio in 1953. Throughout the years, he held a number of sales positions for local TV and radio stations, including KENS, KONO and KSAT.
As all BFCA members probably know, we lost one of our long-time members and a shining light this past week when Robert Osborne passed. The following is a heartfelt tribute from BFCA member Susan Granger:
We mourn the loss of one of our most enthusiastic and informed colleagues. With his encyclopedic knowledge, Robert Osborne was not only a brilliant film historian but also a veritable fountain of anecdotes and Hollywood lore, establishing a warm, personal connection with his television audience. His generosity of spirit was apparent to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I met Robert through my lifelong friend Jane Powell with whom he spent Christmas. For many years, Jane, her husband – the late Dick Moore – and Robert spent Christmas Eve with our family in Connecticut. His greatest pleasure in life was sharing his love of classic films and – because of his TCM legacy – he will be with us always.