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Tom Hanks supports KPCC with special Off-Ramp interview with John Rabe

All of our board members beat the KPCC drum as loudly as they can, and have been instrumental in our success over the last ten years as we’ve become a centering institution in Southern California. There’s one who went above and beyond this weekend, hosting a big party for his Westside friends to proselytize for public radio, and KPCC in particular.

The guest of honor was Tom Hanks, who joined me for an in-depth interview about working in Hollywood, telling WW2 vets’ stories, being related to Abe Lincoln, his new comedy “Larry Crowne,” and how he’ll sometimes pull out the checkbook during a fundraiser … just to end the horror.

I’ve sent out my interview with Hanks as a special Off-Ramp podcast. You’ll hear a few beep-outs in the q+a. This is not us swearing. It’s Hanks mentioning the LA shooting locations for “Larry Crowne.”

Hanks is hard not to like. He has a great reputation in Hollywood for being a regular guy, and that showed at our event. But he also impressed me with his mental quickness. He is FUNNY and SHARP and made me feel at ease immediately.

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(Photo credit: Vince Gonzales/KPCC.)