George Christy Talks About Venom, Marilyn Monroe, Chuck Fries and more!
“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall” is Oscar Wilde’s view about the change of seasons.
Every year at autumn time, families await the arrival of our Los Angeles Greek Fest on the grounds of the Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church at Normandie and Pico. Where the sizzle and aroma of Greek cooking fills the air. Exciting the palates of the folks, who are waiting for parishioners to prepare the alluring cuisine of Greece.
“Not easy to find good Greek food, and we’re grateful it’s here.” remarks a distinguished regular, who returns for the taste of the tender spring lamb roasted on a spit, and many of the Greek delicacies that we love, such as moussaka, pastichio, keftedes, stuffed tomatoes and zucchini. Along with the classic dips, and the pistachio baklava, kataeifi, loukoumades, which are the Greek version of the French beignet that everyone pigs out on when they visit Café du Monde in New Orleans.
Yes, of course, high leaps accompany the macho dancers that the crowd applauds, and lithe young beauties corral visitors to join them in the time-honored, circle dances like the kalamatiamo, hasapiko and tsamiko.
Music is everywhere, as is the laughter of happy children and the high spirited joy of being alive.
The LA Greek Fest is hosted annually by Rita Wilson, born into the Greek Orthodox faith, and husband Tom Hanks, who are raising their sons Truman and Chet into the faith.
Opening this Friday October 5th through the weekend. General admission is $5, while 65 and older is $3, and children 12 and under are free.
In our youth our Croatian housekeeper, Mala, called her Marilyn-inka. Her nickname for her favorite actress, Marilyn Monroe.
She kept heaps of movie magazines that she clipped Marilyn-inka’s photos from and pasted into scrapbooks.
Mala would be in hog heaven today viewing the Craig Krull Gallery exhibition this October 7th of early Richard Miller photographs of her idol that are being auctioned this weekend at the Bergamot Arts Center in Gallery Space B7, located at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica.
This cache of images was made available by the photographer’s wife Margaret Miller, and they are a pure delight of a young hopeful who became an adored international star.
“I had no idea that she would become famous, and that the pictures would become valuable.
“She was just a nice, sweet, attractive girl with outrageous ambitions,” recalled Richard Miller.
A gathering of the clan.
Ten children, 21 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews, spouses and sons-in-laws, comprised the family of seventy which dined with Big Daddy Chuck Fries, the television tycoon, celebrating his Big Nine-Oh with a Wolfgang Puck feast at the Fries Beverly Hills mansionette.
Renowned as “The Godfather of The Television Movie,” Chuck, born Sept. 30, 1928, founded the annual Caucus dinner that establishes scholarships for young talents enthusiastic about careers in TV.
“They are the future of show business,” reflects Chuck.
“Let’s be there to support them!”