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November 11th, 2022 at 11:51:45 PM permalink
RIP, in addition to his TV reporting he also ran a television production company for various infomercials. He was a big player in Vegas, Seven Stars and married a wife at a craps table. At the end he was taking care of another ex wife who had cancer. No cause of death listed.
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November 12th, 2022 at 12:45:12 AM permalink
Seems more like an election day witness protection program death to me. Not sure which mob boss he's running from, but in Vegas, who knows?

I watched Bad Times At The El Royale last night, so excuse me for losing my composure.
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November 12th, 2022 at 1:23:47 AM permalink

r.i.p. Alan

the video - he was so handsome when he was young

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November 12th, 2022 at 1:33:05 AM permalink
Rest In Peace, Alan. Forever the gentleman.
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November 12th, 2022 at 1:51:20 AM permalink
Thus is very sad news. Condolences to all of Alan's friends here at WoV.

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November 12th, 2022 at 2:58:27 AM permalink
Sorry to hear that. Alan and I exchanged more than a few PMs here at the forum. I liked him and we saw eye to eye on many things.

I suppose you just never know when the Grim Reaper will take you away. In the meantime, try to make your lives extraordinary lads.

More complete biography here:

Alan Mendelson, 70, was known for sharing tips on where his viewers could find savings on electronics and jewelry.

Alan was a unique fellow for many reasons. He had a long career in broadcast journalism, beginning his professional journey as a disc jockey and news reporter for two local Rockland County radio stations (WRKL and WKQW). He was also the co-host of a Saturday morning youth-oriented television show on WOR-TV in New York City. All of this was accomplished BEFORE he reached his 17th birthday.

While attending Syracuse University, Alan got a job with a local TV station as a roving reporter. After graduation in 1973, he stayed on at that station in Syracuse for three more years. Then it was on to New York, where he worked the assignment desk for the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” and he developed strong friendships with Cronkite, TV news pioneer Douglas Edwards and Dan Rather, among many other leaders in news industry. He made a name for himself as the person who broke the news of the death of former New York governor and vice president Nelson Rockefeller.

But Alan wanted to be in front of the camera. So he took a news reporting job in Miami with Channel Four News (WTVJ). For some reason, Alan was sent to Ethiopia where he covered a civil war and was pinned down by enemy fire for several hours before friendly troops were able to get him and his crew to safety.

Eventually Alan made his way to Los Angeles where he served as the on-air consumer reporter for more than 25 years for channel 9 (K-CAL). He would encourage viewers to visit pawn shops and discount electronic stores as a way to save money.
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November 12th, 2022 at 3:18:38 AM permalink
RIP Alan
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November 12th, 2022 at 3:52:17 AM permalink
Sad news. Condolences to his friends and family.
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November 12th, 2022 at 5:17:42 AM permalink
Oh no! I am sorry to hear this. He was the poster child of my free speech policy here. While he is most remembered for the 18 yo's, before that he made hundreds of posts on the 1/6 side of the Two Dice probability question. He got a post of pushback, especially from me, and took it like a gentleman, rarely attacking back.

I applaud his success in the television news business. Growing up in the LA area, I vaguely recall seeing him on channel 9 news, lots of times. Was I too hard on him here? That's what I'm asking myself now. Two things I'll say about Alan is he was consistent and steadfast in what he believed.

RIP Alan.
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November 12th, 2022 at 5:18:41 AM permalink
R.I.P. Alan Mendelson

Since there is no cause to doubt this reporting, I suppose that I can reveal that I actually talked to Alan on the phone a handful of times.

Alan was very polite and well-spoken, but also, strangely very serious about things, in my observation.

I had wanted to co-write an article with him about casino etiquette that would be mostly an interview-style sort of thing. That article didn't end up happening because the one thing that I couldn't seem to prevail upon him was that casino etiquette wasn't really meant as a serious subject (on its own) and that the subgoal of the article was for it to be really funny.

For one reason or another, he just didn't seem to want to be on board with that.

It was a reverence for gambling and casinos that, quite frankly, caught me by surprise. Either way, I would have to say that Alan really loved the casino environment, and judging from his posts, he got to enjoy casinos either right up to the end, or, at least, near the end.

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