Story and Photos by Pat Krause
Spencers Restaurant and Harold Matzner hosted a, 40 Years of Ink Party, for retiring Bruce Fessier on Saturday, May 31st. Over 130 guests were invited to attend this private party to celebrate Fessier’s retiring from the Desert Sun Newspaper after 40 years. Guests were treated to appetizers and drinks during a cocktail reception so guests could mingle with Fessier and his wife, Jane.
Spencer’s delicious foods were served, scallops, chicken, roast turkey, beef roast, vegetables, salads, and dessert on a long buffet table.
Yve Evans and her band played during the cocktail hour. The guest list was long with celebrities, co-workers-past, and present and friends.
Harold Matzner spoke about his friendship with Fessier. He said that one of the qualities he most admired about Fessier was his honesty.
He said he couldn’t be bought and he wished that all reporters could be like him. He was proud to know him and his wife.
After dinner was served, Julie Makinen and Kate Aranco took to the stage. They spoke about Fessier and how he will be missed as he was part of the Desert Sun family. They noted that the owners of the paper would not be giving him a gold watch, and they didn’t know what to get him. They chose to create a Fessier Front Page in a frame for him. He came on stage to accept and thanked so many in the crowd that he had written about or interviewed like Jack Jones, Trini Lopez, Cal David, and other celebrities. He said that Palm Springs is like a treasure trove of the rich and famous. He spoke of his loving wife, and the next thing on his calendar was a Root Canal 2 days after his retirement, ouch.
Yve Evans called up a couple extraordinary musicians to please the crowd. Yve said they would not continue unless people got up to dance and a few got up and danced right away. 5 musicians can make a lot of great dancing music. I hope he writes that long-awaited book and I know he will not be just sitting in a chair twiddling his thumbs. He has too much talent not to share with the Valley and the World. He has become a legend in the Arts and Entertainment field, interviewing Celebrities, Musicians, Gangsters, local notables and more and said he always called them their first names, even Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. A fun way to end a party at Spencer’s.