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Hollywood celebrates 50 years of Walk of Fame

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

WALK OF FAME

Hollywood celebrates 50 years of Walk of Fame

 

 

 Hollywood Walk of Fame groundbreaking

 

Hollywood will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame on Sunday with a party. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include free movie screenings and performances and tours of area studios and theaters.

 

The Walk of Fame was conceived in the 1950s by business leaders in Hollywood as a way to beautify the historic core. The first star was set on March 28, 1960.

 

Since then, the attraction has proved a perennial draw for tourists eager for a taste of Hollywood.  An estimated 10 million people visit the 18-block stretch each year.

 

More information about Sunday’s festivities can be found on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website.

 

And if you’re eager to know more about the 2,400 stars on the Walk of Fame, check out the L.A. Times’ Star Walk — a virtual tour that puts readers on the streets of Hollywood.  

 

SOURCE: Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times

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Walk of Fame polisher

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

WALK OF FAME

Walk of Fame polisher is the keeper of the stars

 

 

John Peterson, 61, has spent 14 years polishing celebrities’ stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Chewing gum should be banned globally,” says the one-legged man. (John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times / July 21, 2010)

 

John Peterson has kept the Hollywood emblems gleaming for 14 years. With 2,412 stars, that’s 110 a day and a full-time job.

 

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2010

 

If anyone can restore Hollywood’s luster, John Peterson figures it’s him.

 

The one-legged man has spent 14 years polishing celebrities’ stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

With 2,412 of them along nearly three miles of sidewalk, it’s a full-time job.

 

“Chewing gum should be banned globally,” says the 61-year-old, scraping a dirty clump of the stuff off actress and singer Cass Daley’s star near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. “It’s not recyclable, it’s not biodegradable, it’s not good.”

 

Once Daley’s star is gleaming, Peterson stows his bottle of Brasso metal polish and the paper towel into a plastic shopping bag. Hoisting himself up by his arms, he inches along on his knees to the next star, dragging the bag and his crutches along with him.

 

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