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Thursday, January 17, 2008

DO NOT TAKE THE LLOYD THAXTON TOUR


Just a quick note and then you can go back down to "1968." I just discovered that The Movieland Directory, which tracks where Hollywood stars are living today, has added my name, address, and route to their, "Maps to the Stars."

Though overjoyed to find my name in their book of star locations, I was somewhat dismayed to find that the address they give is the one I moved into when I first arrived in LA 51 years ago. I moved out of this location 50 years ago. Obviously, no one in Hollywood noticed that fact.

I called some of my former neighbors to apologize for the hordes of paparazzi who were most likely staking out and terrorizing their wives, children and pets, only to find that NO ONE new has shown up except for a recently hired meter checker from the gas company (who had no idea who Lloyd Thaxton is).

Not believing this, I drove to the site myself, only to find one Dalmatian (out of a possible 101) sitting on the lawn. I was told that he had a spotted past and wasn't to be trusted with a camera. Besides, this dog was a mamarazzi and didn't have the balls for such an outrageous occupation (her name was Britney, by the way).

I called the people at "The Movieland Directory" to complain, but was told that I should be thankful I was included at all.

Yahoo, indeed. My ego has gotten up and gone.

Do you think I should move back?

Stay tuned.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Steve G said...

I grew up in a family that loved old films and LA locations. And my Dad, whose acting career included one 10 second yell in a courtroom in one Audie Murphy film, would show us various locations. Hard to believe but I was actually on location the day that James Mason filmed his suicide scene in "A Star is Born" at Laguna Beach.

What this leads to is that I alwasy wondered what happened to those house tours. The maps were still being sold when I was a students at UCLA and , while I have been in NYC for years, I always assumed that with stars now living everywhere from Vail to Monaco, the Hollywood map tours were finished.

Lloyd: I can only say that, while people like Clark Gable and Carole Lombard and Jack Benny probably left a bigger memory imprint, for people my age the name Thaxton is like magic.

Thaxton? He was the cool guy with the cool kids who, unlike almost every other teen host, had a gentility and a glow that was really fun to soak up.

Ill tell you a quickie: A couple years ago, when I saw (and adored) Hairspray on Broadway, I found myself having one heck of a funny reaction.

At some point, as I got into the Corny Collins character and remembered all the hyperactive, loony teen hosts, it suddenly hit me:

Corny Collins? Yeah, a lot of those guys were pretty crazy. But then again, you simply can't know how good those shows could be unless you saw a guy named Lloyd Thaxton!


Steve G.

9:00 AM

 
Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

To steve g:

You just knocked my ego up 60 notches. Thank you.

Lloyd

9:15 AM

 
Blogger daniel said...

I think it would be a mistake to move back there...Your fans will find you and move in with you and then you'll just have to move out and find another place...It would be much safer for you to remain in the witness program...Safe from all of your rabid fans who would overrun your home if we just knew where to find you.

10:46 AM

 
Anonymous DanaC said...

Ditto to your comments, Steve, about memory imprints by Lloyd. He was more than just someone on TV - he was part of the family who was in the living room M-F at 5 p.m. (if I remember the time correctly?)

And I note that this isn't the case ONLY for those of us who lived in L.A. I happened to mention the name Lloyd Thaxton to a friend who lives (and has always lived) in New York. He watched the syndicated broadcasts there and talked about a little skit that he and his friends would do (and STILL do) imitating Lloyd! The Lloyd Thaxton imprint is spread across the country, not just on the Hollywood Starz map!

11:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that certain professions like travel agents and celeb stalking guides are no longer necessary in the current privacy- free internet era. A few clicks will get you almost anybody's address and phone number for free on Zabasearch, and mapquest will give you turn by turn directions on how to get there. Kind of disconcerting when you think about it. My daughter is always looking up where so and so from such and such band lives, which I think is tacky, but heck I'm sure I would have done the same thing if I would have had the technology when I was her age!

12:18 PM

 
Blogger Gary said...

I know those "Hollywood Stars" tours are pretty lame at times. Oh sure, they show you the well-known and obvious homes of past stars like Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas, etc. but I remember one tour I took several years back where the guy told us that were on the tour that he was showing us Michelle Pfeiffer's house. I yelled out "NOPE, wrong house!" and the guy asked what I was talking about. Well, me being such a big fan of Michelle's at the time, I knew darn well where her house was and we weren't even near it! The driver apologized to everybody and said he was just following the map given to him by his company. He let me look it at and I told him there were SEVERAL wrong names and addresses on there. When we got back I saw the driver and (I think) his boss arguing. I should have butt in and straightened the boss out with the stuff, but who am I.....just another tourist!
NEXT!
Gary

6:21 PM

 
Anonymous Steve G said...

If I could chime in again, last night I rememberted my favorite Lloyd Taxton Show. For whatever reason, it was a day when the guests were April Stevens and Nino Tempo. Listening to that incredible arrangement and completely unique take on such a great song, I saw new possibilities for music and probably for life in general.

9:21 AM

 
Anonymous Steve G said...

Use your spellcheck, Steve!

It obviously aint Taxton!

9:23 AM

 
Anonymous td said...

I once bought a map with Lloyd Thaxton's home address listed on it, followed all the directions but somehow I ended up at Art's deli ?!?!?!???

6:49 PM

 
Anonymous Skipper said...

It could be worse .....you could be in the MAPS TO THE STARS GRAVES book !!!! That's one list I bet nobody is in a hurry to be included on !!! LOL

5:09 PM

 

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