Dizzy land: One apparently unforgivable sin for...
Dizzy land: One apparently unforgivable sin for a Southern California newspaper columnist is to misstate the year Disneyland opened. After all, wasn’t that also the birth date of Southern California (at least in the minds of many Easterners)?
Anyway, when we made the ghastly error of giving the year as 1954--instead of 1955--some 20 readers assailed us by phone, fax and letter.
“You sure know how to make one feel older--I always tell people I’m three weeks younger than Disneyland,” complained David Hyman of Sepulveda, who appealed to us to tell the world that he and the amusement park are really just 39.
But the letter that really jolted us came from Lonnie Burr of North Hollywood, one of the original cast members of the TV show, “The Mickey Mouse Club.” He’s the reason we rushed this correction into print and put it in a prominent place.
We don’t want a Mousketeer infestation of mail.
Is he louder than a leaf-blower?Mark Johnstone of Inglewood contributed today’s funny handyman ad, commenting, “I’d be panting, too, if I did all that stuff.” Especially the strenuous work of breaking walls.
We’re sure His Highness will want wallet-sized copies, too: Inner-City Arts, a privately funded group serving Downtown schools, asked fifth-graders to fashion likenesses of Prince Charles to honor his coming visit to L.A.
We thought one of the artists who caught him best was the 28th Street Elementary School’s Miguel Puga, who, you’ll notice, gave Charles a promotion.
Know your suburbs: Glendale publicist Nat Read is something of a world expert on the name “Glendale"--hey, every subject has to have a world expert--and he’s come up with these startling findings:
* There are 42 Glendales, or some variant of that name, in the world.
* Glendale translates as Valley-Valley.
* Glendale, Nev., a 400-acre town, is for sale for $14 million, including liquor and gaming permit.
* South Dakota’s Glendale Colony was named for brothers named Glen and Dale.
* One rejected name for the town that became Glendale, Calif., was Ethandale. (No, we don’t know whether Ethan was a brother of Glen and Dale.)
Sure, we’re all replaceable: But Nancy Kronick’s tired of being reminded of the fact in the junk mail she receives. Ever since she set up a revocable trust she’s been receiving letters addressed to:
L.A. in self-analysis: Some responses from readers to the L.A. Convention Center billboard that asked: “12,000 psychologists are coming to L.A. How do you feel about that?”
“Only 12,000?” (Mary Arnet)
"(C)ouch!” (Bob Perkins)
“Isn’t the Simpson defense team big enough?” (Louie Lawent).
“I blame their mothers.” (Dawna Kaufmann).
“We’re uncomfortable discussing our feelings.” (Only in L.A.).
Besides Lonnie Burr, the original members of the Mousketeers included such future show biz stars as Annette Funicello--OK, you knew that one--Johnny Crawford (“The Rifleman”) and Don Grady (“My Three Sons”).