Johnny Grant, self-imposed Mayor of Hollywood died the other day. In the LA Times yesterday we got this quote:
“It’s a shock to all of us,” Gubler said. “His health had been up and down the past year or two, but nobody expected this.”
Really? An 84 year old man, with health problems? A shock?
Well, as much as I don’t approve of what Grant has done to Hollywood Blvd. I must admit that for friends visiting from out of town, it’s a nice place to walk around or send them to.
Grant was the booster for Hollywood, quite aware of what was there and trying to maintain a hold on the history, even as it slipped away through buyouts and reconstruction.
RIP Mr. Honorary Mayor of Hollywood.