Stephen Schochet, a 1980
Here's a sample: "In 1999, an Australian gentleman told me about an interesting experience he and his family had at Universal Studios. They were on the backlot tour passing one of the theme park's main attractions, the Bates Motel used in the 1960 horror classic 'Psycho,' about a murderous young man named Norman Bates who loved his mother a little too much. As the guide gave out information about how director
"The make-believe killer wore such a convincing maniacal expression that some of the paying customers were frightened and screamed when he raised his weapon. Then the 'fiend' pulled off his wig and he turned out to be comic
"Soon I became like a full-time tour guide, not with any scripts or anything like the people who give studio tours, but rather just my own off-the-cuff style of taking people inside Hollywood, with lots of trivia and back stories," he said.
After going to work for a tour company, he found himself doing massive amounts of research and then picking up stories and tales from people in the business and on his tours.
"People love to share little tidbits about things they've seen, and that helps me bring many of the stories to life," he said.
Schochet released a series of audio books and started up a radio program, and then the book just seemed like a natural extension of what he does for a living every day.
Another story from the book: "At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, 67-year-old
"When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him, and after the Q-and-A session, they all sat down to dinner. Later, Wayne, who was suffering greatly from both gout and the aftereffects of
Schochet still makes it down to Huntington Beach frequently, but told me he hasn't seen too many big stars in the area.
For more information on Schochet and his book, and also to see about taking a tour with him to hear some of the stories firsthand, visit http://www.hollywoodstories.com.