“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Final Resting Place for Toto…

Posted on June 18, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…The_Wonderful_Wizard_of_Oz,_013

   Kudos to J.P. Myers of Diamond Bar for mounting a campaign to establish a gravesite for everyone’s favorite dog. The Orange County Register reports that today a burial marker will be unveiled for Toto at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 11a. With the help of Steve Goldstein, author of L.A. Gravesite Companion, Myers successfully networked on Facebook, acquiring donations towards the project.

hollywood forever 2   A $100,000 plot near the remains of Rudolph Valentino and Jayne Mansfield was provided by the curator of the cemetery. Expected to attend: Carl Spitz, who owned and trained the dog; an offspring of L. Frank Baum, who penned The Wizard of Oz; Mercedes Michalowski, director of the Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas; and one of the remaining Munchkins. By the way, the real name of the iconic terrier…Terry.

Take_Me_Out_to_the_Ball-Game_BIG   J.P. Myers started a similar campaign in 2010 for Jack Norworth, the man who wrote Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Because of his efforts, a fan built and donated a 2,000-pound granite monument to Norworth. Another fan covered burial costs. Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers appeared at the July 11th ceremony.

   What’s next for J.P. Myers? The plot thickens…

Until next time>                              “never forget”

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