Welcome to my stop on this tour. I have an excerpt for you today and a ebook giveaway.
At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued their challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his film in the pseudo-intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. 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 after effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had five years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had.
Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book -- a special blend of biography, history and lore.
Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been a part of the world's most fascinating, unpredictable industry!
What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won't realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story. The Midwest Book Review says Hollywood Stories is, "packed from cover to cover with fascinating tales."
Full of funny moments and twist endings, Hollywood Stories features an amazing, all-star cast of legendary characters and icons and will keep you totally entertained!
The Universal Maniac
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
murderous young man named Norman Bates who loved his mother a little too much. As
the guide gave out information about how director Alfred Hitchcock shot the picture, a tall
man, dressed in drag and carrying a large knife, emerged from behind the old set and
charged toward the tram. The narrator seemed to know nothing about the Norman Bates
look-alike and clammed up completely. 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 Jim Carrey
After his laughing “victims” calmed down, Jim was happy to pose for pictures and sign
autographs.Psycho, about a; the thirty-seven-year-old star was clowning around during a work break.
About the author and Links:
Author Stephen Schochet is a professional tour guide in Hollywood who years ago
began collecting little-known, humorous anecdotes to tell to his customers. His new book
Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies!
a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast of icons
including John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley
Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn and many others both past and
contemporary. Tim Sika, host of the radio show Celluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose hascalled Stephen,” The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard.”
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