Finding a bumper-crop of STeVE’s fantastic exploits today...
Has Stereo Central ever covered this one?:
Steve Hoffman said:
April 11, 2010 He was a very nice man. RIP.
Geez, I'm lucky. I got to meet Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, J. A. Gillespie (the special effects technician), Mervin LeRoy (producer) several of the technicians and four of the little people from THE WIZARD OF OZ at various times.
Of course I told you of the time that I sat at the counter in between Jerry Maren (the Munchkin who gave Dorothy the Lollipop) and William Shatner at a coffee shop in Studio City. I looked to my left and thought "Oo, the Wizard Of Oz Star Spot". I looked to my right and thought "Oh, Star Trek Star Spot".
I leaned back in my chair so they could see each other and introduced them. A ballsy thing to do but I figured they might have something to talk about and they did. Wish I had had a tape recorder, dudes. Maren had his own adult high-chair with him. He was so cool. I wanted to remind him that (as Little Oscar) he once gave me an Oscar Mayer Wiener Whistle when I was 5 but thought it best not to bring that up.. He probably hated being Little Oscar. Wish I still had that whistle.
This raises a couple of questions for me:
1) Who else knew STeVE actually introduced Jerry Maren and William Shatner to each other? 2) What unnamed coffee shop in Studio City has chairs at the counter that you can lean back in?
From STeVe’s Facebook page (and a picture of Laurel and Hardy at a movie projector) STeVe shares how his friend - not yours, but STeVe’s - lives in Oliver Hardy’s house. Steve remembers going over there many time in 1957 and immediately after.
If you watch his poats about people recently or long ago deceased, he usually frames it in such a way that you aren't quite sure if he knows them / has met them or not. Especially anyone based in Hollywood / LA.
Perhaps it's just a D list thing where you have to embellish everything you say. Kind of like being in a permanent "resume" mode.
I'm adding this mainly to just piss everybody off.
"During a prison riot, the boys escape. They end on a cotton plantation, where they hide out undetected, in blackface."
Far from being "racially insensitive" or some crap, it's made very clear that the joke is that no one in their right mind could mistake these guys for Negroes.
Now that I've totally derailed this thread... Does anyone remember Joe Flaherty in Cinemax SCTV's hilarious Vic Arpeggio, Private Investigator in the "hard-hitting 60's TV drama expose" of Caucasian-type hate, Black Like Vic? Same joke - he just looks ludicrous in his makeup.