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Orson Welles

One of my fondest memories was when Orson Welles stopped to buy a paper from me. I told him that Citizen Kane was my all-time favorite movie (and it still is). He smiled and said, "Thank you."

Asked to Fetch Al Jolson
Another time, Al Jolson walked by me as he headed for Schlingleman's drug store. He nodded and smiled, but did not buy a paper.

They were filming Jolson Sings Again, down the street at Columbia Studios, the sequel to The Al Jolson Story, which helped revive his then-waning career. Anyway, a few minutes later a guy in a suit came running frantically in my direction, shouting "Have you seen Mr. Jolson?"

When I said Mr. Jolson had gone into the drug store, he asked if I would go in and tell him he was needed on the set right away. "Gladly," I replied, as I felt very important going in to fetch Al Jolson.

Well, they may have needed him right away, but Mr. Jolson appeared in no hurry to get there. He smiled and thanked me for the message, but took his time finishing a milk shake at the soda fountain, and finally got up and sauntered very casually out the door and down the street, smiling and nodding at everyone along the way.

I guess if you're an important enough movie star, you can afford to keep other folks waiting while you take your time. But I still enjoy hearing his old records, and can do a pretty good imitation of Jolson singing "April Showers."

1940s - Peddling Papers in Gower Gulch

Columbia Square - Palladium, Hollywood          View of Columbia Square Diagonally Across from My Newspaper Stand

Gower Gulch - Newspapers on Orange Crate

Los Angeles Herald Express

At age 14 my first job was selling newspapers on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Gower St., which was a short distance from Columbia Studios and diagonally across from Columbia Square, which housed the KNX radio studios.

Gabby and Fuzzy

The intersection of Sunset and Gower was better known in those days as "Gower Gulch" because of the part time actors from Western movies that used to
hang around there.

I had met a kid at Le Conte Jr. High, named Carl Von Papp, who had been handling this job for a while and who asked if I'd like to split the job with him, since it covered too much territory for one person to handle effectively.

Carl Arthur Von Papp

I could hardly wait to get started.

Carl and I sold the Los Angeles Herald-Express and the Hollywood Daily News (which was later bought by the Los Angeles Times, renamed The Mirror, and finally dismantled to be just a section of the Times). The Herald-Express was eventually combined with the Los Angeles Examiner to become the Herald-Examiner, which eventually went out of business altogether.
Herald Examiner

Buffalo Nickel

In those days newspapers sold for a nickel, and we got to keep two cents out of each sale.

Zelma Wann
First Date - First Kiss?

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