The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 30, 1996 · Page 26
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 26

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 30, 1996
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2 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1996 APPLAUSE THE SALINA JOURNAL No-longer-living legends leave tombstone tributes By JEFF WILSON Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES — After the splashy tributes, the obits writ large, the eulogies, the tearful graveside services, the ultimate final curtain 'falls on Hollywood's no-longer-living legends. "That's All Folks," reads cartoon voice Mel "Porky Pig" Blanc's gray stone epitaph at Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery. In keeping with the town's obsession with film credits, Heather O'Rourke, who died at age 12, lists tier's: "Star of Poltergeist One, Two and Three." Peaceful, punchy, poetic — even a few last laughs. Tombstone touches on the eternal niches of the famously departed often symbolize the show business world of those who have become permanent Californians. Al Jolson's memorial at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City features a statue of the kneeling singer-actor and the word, "Mammy." Nearby is George Jessel, Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Jeff Chandler and Vic Morrow. Robert Taylor, who was eulogized by Ronald Reagan, is remembered on a Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, plaque reading: "A lifetime to go." Fans match hand prints in the cement at the Mann's Chinese Theater and they stroll Hollywood Boulevard's celebrated Walk of Fame for shrines to show business greatness. Others migrate to the graveyard repositories of the famous. Most cemetery operators, however, protect the peace of their interred clients and discourage visits by fans, even refusing to point out the location of celebrity grave sites. • "We really have had no problems with tourists, mainly because we don't give them a map or anything," said Dick Fisher, spokesman for Forest Lawn Memorial Parks. ~ The Forest Lawn cemeteries offer a show business mother lode with a list that reads like who's who, or at least who was. George Burns joined Grade* Allen at Glendale's Forest Lawn earlier this year. Sammy Davis Jr. is also there, along with Walt Disney, Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and Mary Pickford. Flynn had wanted to be cremated with his ashes scattered at sea, but reportedly added, "I can tell you I know my wishes will not be carried out." He was right. His third wife, Patrice Wymore, had him buried. Two rumors persisted for years about the disposal of Disney's remains: he was frozen cryogenically for later "reanimation," as they call it, and his ashes were scattered over Disneyland. The cemetery says Disney is Salina Appliance Showroom 740 N. Ninth, Salina •(913)827-1420 Jonnie's Place FALL HOURS Due To Family Illness We Will Be Closed. Watch lor our Greed Re-Opening ii tie Iilim Jiunal 728 Biohop 913-826-9837 Epitaphs LOS ANGELES — Capsulizing a celebrity's life on a tombstone ranges from the bizarre to the sublime. Examples include: Mel Blanc — "That's All Folks" Robert Taylor — "A Lifetime to Go." Stan Laurel — "A Master of Comedy." Oliver Hardy — "A genius of comedy. His talent brought joy and laughter to all the world." Marty Feldman — "He made us laugh, he took my pain away." Freddie Prinze — "We love you, Psalm 23." Ernie Kovacs — "Nothing in moderation." Roy Disney — "A greatly humble man, he left the world a better place." Rita Hayworth — "To yesterday's companionship and tomorrow's reunion." John Ford — "Portland, Maine to Hollywood." Mack Sennett — "Beloved King of Comedy." Al Jolson — "Mammy." Lenny Bruce — "Peace at last." in the family vault. Nearby are the graves of Nat "King" Cole, Jeanette MacDonald, Dorothy Dandridge and W.C. Fields, who died on Christmas day 1946, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills was the final stop for Liberace, where the family tomb bears the entertainer's signature scrawl "Liberace" in wrought iron splendor. Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Freddie Prinze, George Raft, Ernie Kovacs, Ozzie Nelson and Gabby Hayes are also at the Hollywood Hills cemetery, just over the mountain from the famed HO-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D sign. "To yesterday's companionship and tomorrow's reunion," reads the marker at Rita Hayworth's grave 4 at Holy Cross cemetery in the Fox Hills area. Other famous residents there include Sharon Tate, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Charles Boyer, Pat O'Brien, Jackie Coogan, Rosalind Russell, Spike Jones and Mario Lanza. Bella Lugosi — who is buried in his trademark cape — recently had his tombstone cryptically adorned with white jelly beans and pineapple chunks. Go figure. At Westwood Memorial Park, a speck of land surrounded by high-rise buildings, hundreds usually show up for the anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe. In past years, several hundred letters addressed to the late screen siren would arrive at the cemetery. If a return address was included, cemetery workers taped letters to her crypt, photographed and mailed it to the writer. "We don't do that anymore. We only get about one letter a year now, usually from Europe," said a cemetery spokeswoman who spoke on condition of anonymity., Also at Westwood Memorial Park are Natalie Wood, Donna Reed, Darryl F. Zanuck and Truman Capote. The vault above Heather O'Rourke's once belonged to Peter Lawford's ashes, but his widow had them removed in 1988 and scattered at sea in what was a brief tabloid scandal. Lawford friends at the time, however, said half the actor's cremated remains were sprinkled in the Malibu surf during a raucous wake shortly after his death. The cast at Hollywood Memorial Park includes John Huston, Cecil B. DeMille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Peter Lorre, Rudolph Valentino, Peter Finch, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Bugsy Siegel. Fairbanks is enshrined in marble before a reflection pool framed by palms; Power's name is carved into a marble memorial bench featuring the masks of Comedy and Tragedy; and kx a small compartment in the Al- cqve of Reverence are Loire's remains. 13-823-6372 1-800-569-5653 Ask Me For A FreeHearingTi esiN HEARING AIDS 827-8911 1-800-448-0215 Alan Grigsby 234 S. Santa Fe 21 Years Experience Salina Chjiclk Countiy Commission 3rd District Help Destroy DISINTEREST For someone who listens... A different type of candidate Pol. Adv. paid tor by Culley tor Commissioner Committee, Randy Lamer, Chairman, Judy Labbe, Treasurer " I Special Year End Golf Promotion i r A I.i in i fed Time Only! For A Limited Time You Can Become A Member Of Elks Country Club Golf For Only 6 Payments Of $50 Per Month! (Total Golf Fee Is $300 Plus Additional Costs May Apply) $5.00 Per Round'Until April 1,1997 Take Advantage Of Our Pay-As-You-Play Golf Fees Now Until April 1,1997! CALL TODAY! Kevin Owens, Club Manager (913) 827-7474 Robert Overgard, PGA Golf Pro (913) 827-8585 Join Us For Chamber After-Hours October 29th! ina Journal MCCLINTOCK FOR SHERIFF A VOTE FOR MCCLINTOCK ISA-VOTE FOR CHANGE AND NEW LEADERSHIP IN SALINE COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT * As Sheriff I Pledge To Make a Positive Difference * Be Sensitive to The Law Enforcement Needs of Saline County * Treat Others the Way I Want To Be Treated •k Take Charge, Be Decisive and Do The Right Thing * Seek Higher Standards of Professionalism VOTE MCCLINTOCK ON NOVEMBER 5 Pol Ado. faid fir by McClmUckftr ShtriffCommitttt Mtlont)McClintock Trtaimr Enhancing Community Resources: Your generous donation to the Salina Area United Way helps to build a community in which the human service needs of all persons in the Salina area are responsibly and effectively met. United Way encourages area agencies to work together to meet the priorities in our community. You are linking volunteers to furnish needed services and providing necessary information and referral. This ensures that people in need will know where to turn for assistance. Together, we're building a better community. Together, We're Biulding A Better Community Salina Ana United Way Box 355 / Salina, KS 67402-035 VIEWS ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION ft. conversation with 'Efoise Lynch 1 have spent a lifetime dedicated to the education of our youth. I believe in a strong and vital public school system that provides equal educational opportunities to students in all parts of our state. I believe it is inappropriate for your tax money to be used to finance an expensive voucher system for private schools and religious instruction. If the state were to fund vouchers, less money would be available to current school districts. Further school consolidation would be inevitable. Because I believe that students should demonstrate a mastery of standard curriculum, I support Quality Performance Accreditation which allows for maximum local control. Society has a fundamental responsibility to provide our young people with the finest foundation on which to build a rewarding life. This benefits us all." THROUGH PUBLIC EDUCATION THE FUTURE IS OURS ELOISE LYNCH for State Board of Education Pol. adv. pd. for by Lynch Campaign, Mike Mattson, Chairman •• Salina Journal «e INTRODUCTORY OFFER 2 Months For'15 M We Guarantee: • 6:30 a.m. Weekday Delivery • 7:00 a.m. Weekend and Holiday Delivery • Porch Delivery Act Now and Save 62% OFF The News Stand Price 'INTRODUCTORY Ol I KR I OR IIOMK DllUVKRKD NON-SlJBSCRIItKRS ONLY Name Address City Customer Signature. Offer Not Valid for Mail Delivery __Phone _State_ _Zip_ QDiscover QMastercard QjVisa Card # Exp. Date. Payment must accompany the order. 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