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Tidewater Traveler by George W. Sellers, CTC

A Fascination with Fakery Aaron maneuvers our small colorful RastaBus to the curb of Hollywood Boulevard between two larger tourist coaches. He reminds us to take cameras and confirms that he will wait in this location for about forty-five minutes. Our five-hour overview tour of the Los Angeles area has brought us to where we will stroll a two-block stretch near Mann’s (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre. Just two steps away from the bus, and without realizing it, the bronze star of Betty White was desecrated by the soles of my shoe. Oops! Sorry, Betty – I didn’t know. I learn that Betty’s star is one of more than 2,400 five-pointed stars embedded into the concrete along a fifteen-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard and along a few blocks of Vine Street. Many of the sidewalk insets are made of bronze; some are of terrazzo. The stars along the Walk of Fame recognize or memorialize an assortment of actors, musicians, directors, producers and entertainment groups. More than ten million tourists bump

into each other as they saunter along with heads down and eyes focused on the concrete in search of familiar names. Personally, I am not blown away in the presence of celebrities and their things. I enjoy watching an entertaining movie or TV show, but that’s it – it’s brief entertainment. When the show is over I don’t obsess over the actors or actresses, yearning to

Betty White’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 61

June 2012 Tidewater Times  

June 2012 Tidewater Times

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