Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Elmer Dills Dies Sept 15, 2008

Source: ABC News Website:

Elmer Dills told us about great places to eat, the road, travelling and reporting back on his finds.

On Monday, Sept. 15, report the death of our good friend.

For nearly 30 years, Elmer Dills showed us the best restaurants California had to offer. He developed his vast knowledge of food and wine during his first career as an officer with the Central Intelligence Agency traveling to Europe and the Middle East for more than 20 years, assigned to entertain heads of state and other VIPs.

Leaving the diplomatic service after more than 20 years, Elmer Dills joined KABC Talk Radio where he has hosted a talk show dealing with wining, dining and travel. Then as a regular on KABC-TV's "Eyewitness News," Elmer reported on restaurants with particular emphasis on small, inexpensive, unusual restaurants where "value" is the key word. Many restaurants built their reputations on Elmer's reviews and Elmer put his own special touch on each report.

Elmer Dills said he would do anything for ABC7, and he meant it.

Elmer loved his work and he did it with the enthusiasm of a child, even well into his 70s.

Elmer retired from ABC7 about two years ago.

Elmer is survived by his wife Lynne, four grown children, and four grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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