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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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