Category: News From Larry

Larry to Appear At Chiller Theatre in April

Hey East Coast Fans, great news! Larry will be appearing at the Chiller Theatre Toy, Model & Film Expo in Parsippany, NJ  on April 26th-28th. He will be available for autographs and photo ops. You can get both for just $20. The event will take place at the Sheraton Parsippany, which is easily accessible by public transportation. A free shuttle will be available at the Morris Plains NJ Transit Station. To buy tickets and get more info, visit the Chiller Theatre website by clicking below. As soon as I get the exact times Larry will be appearing I’ll let everyone know. Hope to see you there!...

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Tomorrow

This past frenzied week as I continued my sprint on the economic treadmill, I called a television production company and pitched my projects for television. After breaking the ice the producer and owner of the company said we had a like friend from the past. I quickly responded with “and who is that?” He said Chip Hand. I thought back and said “oh yeah, Chip Hand, he worked with me as a co producer on projects we ran around the world buying and optioning movies-how is Chip these days?” I keep meaning to check in with Chip and just keep getting distracted with my priorities. I have this habit of telling my mind….tomorrow. The TV producer responded, “Chip died a few years back.” I said “What??” He responded, “Chip committed suicide.” The phone went dead and then was littered with mutterings and discordant sounds of confusion searching for balance in a world of unmeaning and finite abandonment. Where is the corner post as my outreached arms flailed and my hands grabbed at the inanimate air? Chip Hand was this kind of angel put on this earth who was a gardener for us, for the weeds who wanted to become flowers in the garden of life. Chip seemed to understand the depth of modeling a rich and productive life. He seemed like the virtuoso on so many levels and his...

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Thanksgiving

He shouts,”THANKSGIVING for what?” one student asks in a California Public School. The teacher hints the answer to try and boost this student’s self-esteem and reminds him and his Goth girlfriend with,” they sailed here, remember?”  He smirks, with the doofus eye lids drooping and the blunt ingested smile, “why sail when you can take a plane?” (He roars at his humor)  His Goth Girlfriend chimed in, “yeah, or they could not afford their luggage.”(Guffaw…..)The teacher smiles,.knowing that time and cultures have changed and perhaps she should move on in this class. Thanksgiving used to be an acknowledgement of DIVINE GOODNESS.  Of course in America we celebrated the good harvest with the Pilgrims and Indians.  Reminds me of someone who recently stated that the definition of a terrorist seems to be in the eye of the beholder doesn’t it?  Jokes about Thanksgiving are plenty and boring like what car did the Puritans buy and the answer is of course Plymouth, or what kind of Tan did they have and of course the answer is Puri – TAN.  In Canada, they celebrated a Canadian Thanksgiving in October in most provinces as it started with good old Martin Frobisher in Frobisher Bayas it is known.  Nothing wrong with giving thanks for something, just define it daily in your heart, right?  Happy belated Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. Today, we are seeing more of...

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A 70’s Actor Looks Back on His Hardest and Proudest Role: Veteran

Long before he found fame riding alongside fellow 70’s heartthrob Erik Estrada in the hit TV series “CHiPs”, Larry Wilcox took on a very different role, one far less glamorous and that won him few fans. In May of 1967, the then 19-year-old, knowing the draft was looming, followed in his older brother’s footsteps and joined the Marine Corps. His unit, the 12th Marines, fought in Vietnam in the I Corps which ranged in areas from Dong Ha to the DMZ and Con Thien, and eventually, the Tet Offensive. “We were a recon survey team which was inserted by helicopter to survey a mountain top or area for an Artillery Fire Base and upon completion would then run the FDC (Fire Direction Control) by using and computing distance, range, and azimuth via Slide Rule for 105 Howitzer, 155, 175 and 8-inch Artillery,” he explains. Wilcox actually credits growing up in Wyoming’s ranch life as helping him deal with the rigors of being a soldier. “Growing up in Wyoming amongst pragmatic cowboys was helpful as I transitioned to Vietnam and War.  Wyoming was a place where the seasons could romantically hug you and mankind could slap you. The mentality regarding adversity was, find a solution, and move forward-charge!  Blissful youth prepped with “cowboy try” is how I coped with the Tet Offensive. I learned to tackle adversity with solutions and...

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Masks

I look back on certain holidays like Halloween and feel lots of remorse.  Remember when your parent or some other parent said that they wanted to meet the parents of this girl you liked or a boy some girl was in love with….remember your reaction.  In my case I was passionate about how stupid that was, how judgmental and myopic and imagine allowing people to pre- judge a human being that was often striving for success …….uh….like me.  I had a single mom raising 4 children and I was not going to accept any judgment for my injustice or so called handicap. Youthful denial and transference are part of a person’s survival and armor and as a result we often put off the confrontation of our character’s strengths and weaknesses till our 40s after we have injured a lot of things and people. Halloween was chaos and injury and excitement and reckless abandon for me.  Halloween provided lots of fun and hormones and some people were ready to manage it  and some were not and would ricochet in the chaos they were comfortable with as a child.  Halloween and the myriad of characters and scary indulgence was what I was about. In retrospect, if I had two parents who would have “raised and prepared me” for life I hope and believe I  would have accelerated sooner.  We were taught...

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“CHiPs” Star Larry Wilcox to Appear at 9th Annual 10-4 Day Benefit

Los Angeles, CA,  September 28th, 2012 — “CHiPs” star Larry Wilcox is scheduled to appear at the 9th Annual 10-4 Day benefit this October 4th  in Hollywood. The event benefits the California Highway Patrol’s 11-99 Foundation, its Broderick Crawford Benefits Program, and the LAPD Museum and Benefit Fund. The day will include a special ceremony at Broderick Crawford’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, (Crawford played CHP Chief Dan Mathews in the popular series “Highway Patrol” that ran from 1955-59, and his son is deeply involved with the 11-99 Foundation as his way of honoring his legacy.) and a parade featuring law enforcement officers from the CHP, the LAPD, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, those who played them on TV and many vintage police vehicles. Wilcox, who enjoyed reuniting with his fellow CHiPs castmates earlier this month to celebrate the series’ 35th anniversary, says he’s looking forward to the event.  “These personal appearances are my way of expressing my gratitude to the policemen, firemen, FBI and other such agencies,” he said, “ I had a good time and am grateful for the police roles I have played and hope that I have given more than I have taken.  I have spent 60 years putting my signature on my life, serving my government and country in Vietnam to doing some public service now.  I like to wallow in...

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Healing: Thoughts on the CHiPs Reunion

In 2011 and early 2012 Sue Walsh talked to me about doing a CHIPS Reunion and I dubiously listened.  My concerns included things like the show is too old; no one will come; what is the product you will sell or offer, and why would we or anyone want to do this.  I thought, will any of the actors even come to a CHIPSReunionand who in the hell is going to pay for all of this risk?  I have not seen some of these actors since the show was on in the early 80s.  Wow! The discussion continued over...

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Memories of CHiPs

The CHIPS Reunion will bring together a lot of diverse personalities and lives.  I am excited to see my old cast and crew who worked so hard to do a show that was filled with southern California life with the two stars….the motorcycles.  I am also very excited to meet the many fans who loved CHIPS and who employed us indirectly with their viewership. Each of the characters were special and each went on to their own live and in the case of Michael Dorn, bigger stardom.  Often today I think about the egos of each of us, and...

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Fatherhood

Two unique gentlemen named Richard Ramos (Bakersfield, Ca) and Anthony Goulet (Dallas, Texas) dedicate their lives to the Flowers (youth) and Gardeners (parents and teachers) of the world as gang interventionist (www.flowersandgardeners.com). They both agree that one of the things that place many youth in a vulnerable at-risk position in life is the absence of a good father or the presence of a bad father. I have interviewed these gentlemen and many others who are on the front lines of crisis management with the youth of America. Parenting is a major issue and teaching parents to model good behavior...

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