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November 9, 1986
Johnny Grant, Emmy award-winning vice president of public affairs and special projects at KTLA-TV and honorary mayor of Hollywood, will be honored by the San Fernando Valley unit of the Arthritis Foundation at a "Tribute to Johnny" dinner Feb. 20 at the Sheraton Premiere hotel. A foundation spokesman said Grant has helped raise millions of dollars for the foundation's Southern California chapter over the past 33 years.
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OPINION
March 24, 2008
Re "Who could walk the Walk?" Opinion, March 20 Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge the honorary mayor of Hollywood? Surely you jest. Perhaps the mayor of Burbank? It's been Burbank residents, in particular the equestrians who ride in Griffith Park, who seem to have managed to get LaBonge to cater to their whims. For too many years, despite the obvious need to get kids outside and exercising, LaBonge has succumbed to the desires of non-L.A. residents who want Griffith Park's trails to remain a bicycle-free haven.
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NEWS
February 28, 1993 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
Wearing a cowboy hat and a big smile, Johnny Grant shared some of Hollywood's glitz and glamour with Russian officials earlier this month. As Hollywood's ceremonial mayor, Grant traveled to Moscow at the invitation of the Moscow city government and Randtek International Ltd., a private company commissioned by the government to promote parades, concert and festivals that benefit the city's social services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The brass star on the terrazzo sidewalk was perfectly polished. The crowd of onlookers included fans young and old. The ceremony started right on time. Johnny Grant would have approved. The man who presided over thousands of presentations and awards on Hollywood Boulevard was the center of attention for a final time Thursday as community leaders and movie fans praised his role in helping to rejuvenate the town's image.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1991 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way Johnny Grant tells it, he hasn't been in this much trouble since they ran the TV credits over Santa Claus. But heck, it was either that or have the Santa float run over the paramedics and the woman giving birth in the middle of the street. That was the Hollywood Christmas Parade, 1982. The pageant was going fine, right on schedule, until suddenly the baby wanted in on the act.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2008 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The brass star on the terrazzo sidewalk was perfectly polished. The crowd of onlookers included fans young and old. The ceremony started right on time. Johnny Grant would have approved. The man who presided over thousands of presentations and awards on Hollywood Boulevard was the center of attention for a final time Thursday as community leaders and movie fans praised his role in helping to rejuvenate the town's image.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood security guard Lillian Price marched determinedly along the Walk of Fame, anxious to investigate this missing person case personally. She walked past William Bendix's brass star, past William Powell's, past George Sanders'. She stopped short in front of Ann Sothern's polished terrazzo sidewalk square and stared through the barricade on the Vine Street sidewalk. "They're gone!" Price exclaimed. "The stars are gone -- they're missing in action!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
There's Arnold. Here's Johnny. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declined an invitation to head this year's Hollywood Christmas Parade, forcing the man who invited him to lead it in his place. Hollywood Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant will serve as grand marshal of the Nov. 30 holiday processional, organizers announced Wednesday. It was Grant who suggested that parade producers invite Schwarzenegger, after the Republican's historic recall election victory Oct. 7.
MAGAZINE
April 16, 2000 | Ed Leibowitz, Ed Leibowitz's last feature for the magazine was on the Lakers' leaving Inglewood
Hello, everybody, and welcome to the most famous boulevard in the world!" Johnny Grant's warm Southern baritone pours down upon the forsaken intersection of Hollywood and Wilcox, lapping against the boarded-up theaters, the greasy spoons and threadbare boutiques advertising such necessities as "exotic shoes for dancers."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1995
The ceremonial mayor of Hollywood will travel to Bosnia to spend Christmas with American troops, he announced this week. Johnny Grant, who has made 47 trips to entertain U.S. soldiers overseas, will be featured in a Christmas Day radio show in Germany to be broadcast across Europe. He will then visit with the troops at staging areas in the Balkans, videotaping messages for the Bob Hope/Greater Los Angeles USO organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Hollywood security guard Lillian Price marched determinedly along the Walk of Fame, anxious to investigate this missing person case personally. She walked past William Bendix's brass star, past William Powell's, past George Sanders'. She stopped short in front of Ann Sothern's polished terrazzo sidewalk square and stared through the barricade on the Vine Street sidewalk. "They're gone!" Price exclaimed. "The stars are gone -- they're missing in action!"
OPINION
November 11, 2005
WHAT A TOWN. WHAT A MAYOR. Well, not a town exactly; more like a famous sign, a storied intersection and a state of mind. And not really a mayor either; more like a guy with a genius for combined promotion of the "town" and himself. Welcome to the land of Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood. He announced his retirement in the Sunday paper, but the truth (a term we use loosely) is that he may not actually retire, because Grant, 82, has made this announcement before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Around Los Angeles, it's a common misconception that Johnny Grant started the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, although Grant is 82 and the parade will be 74 on Nov. 27. Hollywood's honorary mayor ran the parade for 22 of those years, not counting a five-year break, but he says this year, his 23rd, will be his last. "I just think it's time to step aside and let some young blood come in," Grant said. "This is it. I really mean it this time."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2005 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
It's not easy staying on top. Especially when you're a veteran of old-school Hollywood and you're taking up the penthouse of Hollywood's hippest hotel. So when word swept down Hollywood Boulevard that Johnny Grant was about to be evicted from his digs high above the Walk of Fame, the 82-year-old jumped into the elevator and hurried down to investigate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2004 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
This is not a feature story about celebrities. For a change, it's a story for celebrities. Hello, stars? Hollywood's calling. The thing is, Hollywood has been your meal ticket. You cannot deny that. So, are you doing your part for the hometown? Have Aspen in mind for the Thanksgiving week? Maybe a tropical beach? Tired of adulation and flashbulbs and want to hunker down while your personal chef grates white truffles over your eggs?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
There's Arnold. Here's Johnny. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declined an invitation to head this year's Hollywood Christmas Parade, forcing the man who invited him to lead it in his place. Hollywood Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant will serve as grand marshal of the Nov. 30 holiday processional, organizers announced Wednesday. It was Grant who suggested that parade producers invite Schwarzenegger, after the Republican's historic recall election victory Oct. 7.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1993 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and Entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
H-e-r-e's Johnny: Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, is retiring as vice president of public affairs/special projects for KTLA-TV Channel 5. Grant, 69, will continue to produce the Hollywood Christmas Parade and represent the station in the community. Grant also plans to write a book about Hollywood and the early days of TV in New York City.
SPORTS
May 16, 1992
As a 45-year listener to KMPC, it hurts to think the station has changed to an all-sports format. I go back to the days of Johnny Grant, Ira Cook and Dick Whittinghill, to name a few. Twenty-four hours of sports: What will they talk about all day? How many million this guy is getting and how many million that guy is getting and which sports will go on strike next. Like the guy on the Jim Healy show says, I think somebody has lost it. MICKEY REILLY Lancaster
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Tinseltown's honorary mayor unveiled a thumb's-up figure of himself at the local wax museum, others across Hollywood were giving their own thumbs up Tuesday to the idea of having a real mayor for their town. A day after a secessionists were successful in qualifying for a cityhood feasibility study, many locals were saying it's about time. Studio make-up artist Ken Horn--who helped create the wax image of Hollywood's longtime ceremonial leader, Johnny Grant--said independence is overdue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now, according to the U.S. Postal Service, almost everyone in L.A. is a star--or at least has the address of one. At the behest of supporters of Hollywood, which they say is the most popular part of the city, postal officials on Thursday changed the Los Angeles postmark on letters and packages to Los Angeles/Hollywood. Instead of the customary squiggly postal cancellation lines, five stars with the words "Home of the Stars" will now be used to cancel the postage.
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