23, 1925 - January 23, 2005
Born: Corning, Iowa
Died: Malibu (Los Angeles,) California (emphysema)
During the early 70's I was the artist relations
person for Marquee Enterprises, who owned theaters in
Chicago, Florida, San Francisco and Los Angeles. I first
worked for them at the Circle Star Theatre in San
Francisco. When they bought the Valley Music Theatre in
Woodland Hills, a city near LA, I relocated to
Hollywood was not new to me. I knew people from New
York and Miami, who had relocated to Hollywood. Through
those friends, who were musicians, song writers, actors,
and performers, I met many personalities, such as:
Richard Eagan, Shelly Winters, Ed McMahon to name a few.
See the other Celebrity Pages on this site for others. Sarah
Vaughan, who I knew from New York, had moved out to
Beverly Hills, so I was frequently in LA, prior to
I had been backstage at the Tonight Show and
the Merv Griffen Show with various people during that
time. Once with Shelly Winters, several times with Monti
Rock III, and once with Sy
Kramer, then with several of the acts who appeared
at The Circle Star Theatre and the Valley Music Theatre.
Marquee gave me a 1959 Rolls Royce, Phantom V limo to
use. Most of the acts lived in or near Beverly Hills. I
picked them up at their homes and drove them out to the
theatre. When Johnny Carson was scheduled to appear at
the Valley Music Theatre, the Rolls was in the shop for
repairs. I called Ed Brown, who was Don Hoís manager,
to see if his Mercedes 500 limo was available. It was a
beautiful car and it drove like a speedboat on a flat
When Johnny Carson came out of his house and he laid
eyes on the Mercedes, he was very pleased. It was a beautiful
piece of equipment. He asked if he could drive it to the
theatre. Who says, No, to Johnny Carson. He climbed in
the driverís seat and I sat next to him, although, I
was tempted to sit in the back seat. When we pulled into
the backstage lot, the security did a double take. He
chauffeured me to and from the theatre all five nights
of his run at the theater. The security used to joke
with me, asking me where I found the new chauffeur.
The first night of his show, he asked me to stand in
the aisle with his coat so that when came off stage, he
could do a quick change for his "Deputy Dan"
routine. The theater was in the round. When it was time
for his change, the theater went dark as he started off
of the stage. He missed the first step , there
were three steps down to the floor, and he fell. I was too
far back to catch him.
While he was making his change he
was groaning a little. I asked him if he was okay, he
said yes, but he though he might have broken his thumb.
It was in all of the papers, and he talked about it on
I donít know how many people can claim that Johnny
Carson chauffeured them in a Mercedes 500 Limousine.
But, I know, I can.