Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...
This week, I did something I’ve never done in all the time I’ve lived in Los Angeles. I went to the unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. There have been some great names who got their stars while I’ve lived here, but for whatever reason, I just never felt the urge to go and see one of the ceremonies. On Tuesday morning, though, I finally found myself motivated, and I don’t think I was the only one. Occasional contributor “Uncapie” sent in the following report. The pictures you see here were snapped by me and captioned by Harry Ignatius Knowles:A long-awaited celebration took place today. Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animator extrordinaire who created adventures with skeletons, mythical beasts, undersea monsters, space creatures and a little help on a giant ape, received his star with all the trimmings in a well-deserved tribute with friends and fans alike.
Mayor Of Hollywood Johnny Grant hosted the ceremonies at this crowded event that took place almost right across the street from where Ray's imagination was sparked in 1933 with the feature, "King Kong," at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater. On hand were Ray's dearest and best friend, the great Ray Bradbury, our hero Forest J. Ackerman, smiling, looking fit and happy as usual, for whom without his great magazines, he would have never opened a world of movie magic to children and adults. A special thank you went out to film maker Mr. Arnold Kunnert, for without his dedicated love of the same movies we all care about and his persistence to get Ray his star on the "Walk Of Fame," it wouldn't have happened. Frank Darabont talked about the inspiration that Ray had on him as a child which made him want to be a director. His anecdote about Tom Hanks seeing "Jason And the Argonauts" as a kid, made Hanks want the job of fighting skeletons when he grew up, but settled on an acting career instead.
Make up greats Stan Winston and Rick Baker were on hand as well as the creative Bob Burns and his beautiful, loving wife Kathy (A great cook! Now I know why Bob married her!) and the man with one of the smoothest voices in Hollywood, Gary Owens, celebrated the event. Producer Charles Scheer showed up and mingled with the crowd. He was the driving force behind many of Ray's pictures. A gracious, humble man, he said that Ray's creative spirit was the driving force, not him and that he was so happy that these films still hold up today. Uncapie