Association bestows lifetime achievement award.
For the significant contributions he has made to the study of human behavior, for the resulting fame he has achieved, and for the glory that has thereby inured to his alma mater, the Los Angeles High School Alumni Association® presented to Arthur Janov, at this year's Reunion, its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Janov is one of the world's leading psychologists and author of 11 books, including the international bestseller The Primal Scream and his newest book, Primal Healing, published in 2006. He is the Founder and Director of the Primal Center in Santa Monica and has been elected to the Academic Hall of Fame of Clairmont Graduate University.
Graduated from L.A. High in 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He received his B.A. and M.S.W. in psychiatric social work from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate School. Before turning
to Primal Therapy, he practiced conventional psychotherapy in his native California. He did an internship at the Hacker Psychiatric Clinic in Beverly Hills, worked for the Veterans' Administration at Brentwood Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was in private practice from 1952 to 1967.
He was also on the staff of the Psychiatric Department at Los Angeles Children's Hospital where he was involved in developing their psychosomatic unit. Dr. Janov has been conducting revolutionary research in the field of psychotherapy for more than three decades. As the originator of Primal Therapy, he has treated thousands of patients and conducted extensive research to support his thesis that both physical and psychic ailments can be linked to early trauma. He has concluded that patients can dramatically reduce such debilitating medical problems as depression, anxiety, insomnia, alcoholism, drug addiction, heart disease and many other serious diseases. In 1970 he introduced his radical new approach to therapy to the general public in his first book, The Primal Scream, which became a best-seller and has since sold more than a million copies worldwide. His books have been translated into 24 languages. In 1980, he married France D. Janov, who accompanied him at numerous conferences throughout Europe and South America. She translated The Primal Scream, Prisoners of Pain, and The Feeling Child into French.
In 1982 the Janovs relocated to Paris with the opening of the European Primal Institute. Dr. France D. Janov (she holds a Doctorate in Psychology) was the administrator of the Paris Institute, Dr. Arthur Janov's research assistant in London, and did clinical work. She was also responsible for the creation and management of the Primal Foundation. In 1989, Dr. Arthur Janov opened the Primal Center in Santa Monica, California. With his wife assisting, they sought to train Primal therapists. In 1991, she was named Co-Director, assuming responsibility for the clinical training program, supervising the advanced therapists' work with patients as well as treating patients.
Arthur Janov has teamed up with composer and producer David Foster to create Primal Scream: The Musical. Foster, who has won sixteen "Grammys," has been producer and music director for Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, and a host of others.
At prior annual reunions, the Association's Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed upon such distinguished alumni as Oscar-winner Budd Schulberg (script for On the Waterfront), Grammy-award-winning conductor
and music director Leonard Slatkin (National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, etc.), actor George Takei (see below), magician Milt Larson, explorer John Goddard, and author Ray Bradbury. Fellow alumna and star of stage, film and television PIPER LAURIE, nee Rosetta Jacobs was last year's keynote speaker and recipient of the Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominated sixteen times for either an Oscar, Emmy, or Golden Globe, Ms. Laurie's reminiscences delighted attendees, who also had the opportunity to speak with her and obtain a personally dedicated and signed copy of her recently published autobiography Learning to Live out Loud, revealing that as well as for unforgettable characterizations, she has a talent for writing.
Georeg takei stars in new broadway musical
Known and beloved by millions for his portrayal of Lt. Sulu in Star Trek, alumnus, film and television star George Takei (武井 穂郷) opened on Broadway October 6, starring with Lea Salonga ("Tony"- winner for Miss Saigon) in the new musical Allegiance. Inspired by Takei's childhood experiences and memories, Allegiance traverses "the lush California heartland, the windswept prairies of Wyoming and the battlefields of war-torn Europe [to tell] the epic multi-generational tale of deep family loyalty, romance, humor, optimism and unparalleled heroism in the face of fear and prejudice against Japanese-Americans during World War II and beyond." Mr. Takei is a recipient of the Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.