Category: Columns

Battle of the Network Stars-Then & Now

Back in the 70s and early 80s you were “invited” to compete in the Battle of the Network Stars and you would be one of a handful of stars representing your Network. (NBC, ABC, and CBS)   In my case, that meant NBC and I think they asked me to do it 4 or 5 years in a row.  Fast forward 40 years and they asked me again to “compete” or more politely…make an appearance and have fun.  Innuendo is accepted! You know, one of the greatest pleasures I have in my Hollywood Life if you will is I got...

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The Infamous Nod

Traditionally, when an employer asks you to do a personal appearance they guarantee you a minimal fee. They pay all your travel, hotel, and per diem expenses. If they do not give you a minimum, then you sell your photos for anywhere from $25 to up to $100 or more per picture . I usually sell mine for $30 to $40 each.  You can literally autograph a lot of photos per hour if the “demand” is there and they have promoted the show correctly.  The show in New Jersey is by far the best……and it is called CHILLER.  You...

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Reunion? *A Short Story by Larry Wilcox*

It is a fascinating existence to enter and exit various points of view as it makes one much wiser. I have always had this voracious appetite to learn more about so many different things and people. Each time I read and explore new information I find myself convinced I am so naïve and so far behind on so many things. As you get older you start to realize it is best to quell one’s opinion because it is simply a perspective that is yearning for fans to generate a consensus of agreement…such a shallow contradiction when one calls for...

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Lassie & My TV Career

In May of 1970 I drove with my new son, Derek and my wife, Judy in our new Pontiac LeMans from the old, parched desert with an unromantic name….29 PALMS. I was a young Sergeant in the USMC, returning from Vietnam and I had just received an honorable discharge from the “Stumps” …. the local handle that was given to the God forsaken Marine Corp base at 29 Palms, California. Stumps was famous for it’s 115 degree summers where we had to run physical fitness tests and people literally passed out. My commanding officer (Colonel) and my Top Sergeant...

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The Yellow Brick Road

Yesterday, I drove through L.A. traffic on the 101 and as a veteran I still got lost and had to back track.  I finally arrived at my destinations which were described as brand new state of the art Hollywood Studios. Side by side big black buildings.  Pull around in back somewhere and park.  I found a quick space on the side, and violated the instructions but parked there.  Now I had made two mistakes. Nam has always made me trust my instinct as it is time honored. I walked down the alley way and stared at these two black...

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