Strange Encounters With Hollywood Legends

Written by Stephen Schochet

Meeting famous people is often a surreal experience for both parties. In 1956 when Elvis Presley arrived in Hollywood he and his entourage stayed atrepparttar Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. One day he got intorepparttar 118230 elevator. "What floor?" askedrepparttar 118231 operator. "Tenth please." The operator looked at him with disdain. "You can't go up torepparttar 118232 tenth floor. Elvis is staying there. No one is allowed there." A bemused Presley said," I know. I'm Elvis." The hotel employee stared at him for a long moment then said," Well I don't care who you are, you can't go torepparttar 118233 tenth floor." The amiable singer agreed to go torepparttar 118234 eleventh floor and walked downrepparttar 118235 stairs torepparttar 118236 tenth.

Some entertainment organizations are so vast that employees don't always recognizerepparttar 118237 people atrepparttar 118238 top. Walt Disney who often was harsh with those who worked for him, had no patience for anyone at Disneyland who was rude torepparttar 118239 customers or as he put it,repparttar 118240 guests. One time when an unfriendly security guard prevented he and his wife Lillian from getting on a ride, Walt fired him reasoningrepparttar 118241 man would be unpleasant with others. But if someone was doing their job they had nothing to fear fromrepparttar 118242 boss. Once, when Walt was on hand for a demonstration of a new ride a young girl working there chided him for lighting up a cigarette, it wasn't allowed. Disney, who eventually died of lung cancer, asked, "Whose idea was that?" "Walt Disney's." Walt stubbed outrepparttar 118243 cigarette. "That's good enough for me."

Sometimesrepparttar 118244 famous have a difficult time not beingrepparttar 118245 center of attention. Once at a party at Louis B. Mayer's house,repparttar 118246 mogul was expressing his admiration for a female," The red hair,repparttar 118247 legs, I have never seen such beauty. She walks so regally like a queen". Greer Garsonrepparttar 118248 new queen ofrepparttar 118249 MGM lot was standing nearby. She walked up to Mayer's circle and said," Why thank you Mr. Mayer." It turned out LB was talking about his new horse.

It's hard sometimes for stars to remember that not everyone cares about who they are or what they are doing. One time Laurel and Hardy were filming a strange scene in Venice Beach that requiredrepparttar 118250 boys to run down a narrow alleyway with their wives chasing them. The women would shoot at them causing innocent men to run out of their nearby apartment buildings in their undergarments and run away, with Stan and Ollie doing double takes. Before shootingrepparttar 118251 scene Laurel gatheredrepparttar 118252 extras around," Listen fellas, it's costing us a fortune to rent out these apartments so I want to get it rightrepparttar 118253 first time. Now when you hearrepparttar 118254 shots and run out intorepparttar 118255 alley, don't linger. We only want you inrepparttar 118256 scene for about ten seconds." Afterrepparttar 118257 director shouted "ACTION!"repparttar 118258 boys ran downrepparttar 118259 alley, their wives fired their guns,repparttar 118260 men in their undergarments ran out and disappeared quickly following Stan's instructions torepparttar 118261 letter. All except one guy who was about thirty seconds late, ranrepparttar 118262 wrong way, and bumped into Laurel, ruining his close-up."You bloody fool. You ruinedrepparttar 118263 shot!" shouted Laurel. "I'm not inrepparttar 118264 movie," repliedrepparttar 118265 runner."

Visiting Grandma

Written by Joyce C. Lock

Ifrepparttar creek was up, we had to parkrepparttar 118229 car next torepparttar 118230 gravel country road, then take our shoes off and walkrepparttar 118231 long stretch torepparttar 118232 barn (wading throughrepparttar 118233 water, as water coveredrepparttar 118234 road up pastrepparttar 118235 barn). The water was knee high ... if you wererepparttar 118236 oldest kid. So,repparttar 118237 two youngest got carried.

While that might have sounded like fun, one was barefoot, trying to keep clothes clean, holding one's shoes up inrepparttar 118238 air, stepping lightly, not knowing what one would be stepping on next. Hopefully, no one would slip and fall intorepparttar 118239 water. And, on top of that, women still wore dresses in those days. So, mom carriedrepparttar 118240 lighter little one while trying to keep her dress out ofrepparttar 118241 water. It was hard work for all.

We also had to make sure to stay in a straight path, so as not to get sucked intorepparttar 118242 creek. Of course, we wouldn't dare crossrepparttar 118243 little wooden bridge, onrepparttar 118244 path beforerepparttar 118245 barn, until Dad assured us as to whererepparttar 118246 bridge was located. A miss step could meanrepparttar 118247 creek, of course.

Only,repparttar 118248 hill torepparttar 118249 house was much steeper; gooey red clay when soaked, with crevices throughoutrepparttar 118250 mud road.

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