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Dante Di Loreto, producer of TV’s “Glee” and also “American Horror Story,” speaks at Channel City Club

Dante Di Loreto, left, is interviewed by John Palminteri at the Channel City Club luncheon on Monday at the Fess Parker Doubletree. NIK BLASKOVICH / NEWS-PRESS

Dante Di Loreto, left, is interviewed by John Palminteri at the Channel City Club luncheon on Monday at the Fess Parker Doubletree.
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“A producer is someone who brings people together in an opportunity to create something,” said Dante Di Loreto, who has hit television gold not once but twice in the last decade, and with two completely different genres. “Glee” is an uplifting musical comedy-drama about “the best high school you wish you had gone to” as Mr. Di Loreto said, and “American Horror Story” – in the words of one audience member at yesterday’s luncheon – “is the scariest thing I have seen on TV.”

“I use the analogy of a ship at sea,” he continued. “The director thinks of himself as the person behind the wheel steering the ship. The actor sees himself as the bow cutting through the waves. And the producer is the guy who built the boat, put it out on the water, and hopes it comes back in one piece.”

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Brave quartet: Four D-Day veterans honored as 70th anniversary approaches

William Rourke, special representative of the United Kingdom, speaks about growing up in London during World WarÊII.

William Rourke, special representative of the United Kingdom, speaks about growing up in London during World WarÊII.

Four surviving members of the D-Day landing in Normandy were honored Thursday morning in a commemoration at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort.

Titled “The Boys Who Stormed Normandy,” the bruncheon honored Santa Barbarans Art Petersen, Bob Forties, Frank Johnson and Sal Perez in an event staged by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation and the Channel City Club.

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The planter of seeds : ‘Banker to the poor’ Muhammad Yunus shares micro-lending philosophy

Muhammad Yunus addresses Westmont College President's Breakfast Friday.STEVE MALONE/NEWS-PRESS PHOTOS

Muhammad Yunus addresses Westmont College President’s Breakfast Friday.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus spoke Friday at this year’s Westmont President’s Breakfast to a full room of faculty, sponsors and students at the Fess Parker Doubletree resort.

In his hour-long speech that shares its title with one of his books — “Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism” — professor Yunus talked about how he started the Grameen Bank and the business of micro-loans in his native Bangladesh, his numerous other projects, and his philosophy of a kinder, less rapacious capitalism.

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