Welcome to the land of Hollywood, Walt Disney, studio tours and the Brown Derby restaurant.
We're talking about Florida, of course.
Considering the frequency with which it co-opts attractions from the Golden State, Florida's theme song could be, "California, Here I Come."
Current turf wars between the two states include a fight over rights to the Hollywood name, a claim by Universal Studios that its Southern California tour was unfairly copied by a new Disney-MGM theme park in Orlando, Fla., and, in this week's flare-up, a $25-million lawsuit over a new Brown Derby eatery at the same Florida park.
Ironically, the original hat diner on Wilshire Boulevard isn't even in business anymore. It was shut down in 1980--54 years after Herbert K. Somborn built it to prove, so the story goes, that "if you know anything about food, you can sell it out of a hat."
But, Brown Derby Inc., which filed the suit, owns 50 other eateries and claims that it has a trademark on the name.
The headquarters of Brown Derby Inc., by the way, is in neither California nor Florida. It's in Cleveland, Ohio.
A San Diego lawyer sued the Federal Court on Friday, contending that he was humiliated by security officers who made him take off his Brooks Brothers shoes to pass through the metal detector of the downtown Los Angeles building.
S. Myron Klarfeld, who had set off the detector twice despite emptying his pockets, said he was embarrassed when he had to take off his loafers at the Spring Street entrance April 19.
The attorney at first resisted taking off his shoes, which have metal shanks in the arches, but the guard insisted, saying, "You could have a gun in there," according to the suit.
So, Klarfeld said, he walked "several yards across a dirty floor . . . much to the amusement of the guard and onlookers."
Century City, a magazine about people working in that esteemed region, made its debut recently with a lead article on a new tenant, Ronald Reagan.
The one-page story--many Century City people are evidently in too much of a hurry to read longer pieces--asked Reagan:
"You're a world leader, a thought leader and business leader in a leading business community. So, I ask you the ultimate Century City business question: Do you or do you not validate parking?"
The magazine owner, Affinity Publishing, has a vested interest in the answer since it has no offices in Century City. It's located in the former pumpkin capital of Calabasas.
"I used to be in Century City," said publisher A. Henry Shaw, "but the rents were too high."