Author Archive | Lawrence Grobel

Jesse “The Mouth” Ventura

“Hey Larry, Jesse Ventura here, how are you?  I’m in town doing this book tour thing. Larry King, Wolf Blitzer….I’m free for dinner on Friday if you are.” “Sure,” I said, “I’d love to see you governor.”  Former presidents still get called president, so I guess former governors should get the same respect.  He was […]

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Walking L.A. (Diversion)

When you mention walking in L.A. to people who don’t live in L.A. the most common reaction is: Ha!  And then, “Are you kidding, nobody walks in L.A.” That’s not true, of course. Nobody jaywalks in L.A. Or, if one does, there are cops waiting to pounce. A friend and I once crossed two feet […]

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Pavarotti & Me (Autograph)

When Luciano Pavarotti lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on September 6, 2007 at the age of 71 the world lost one of the most remarkable voices since voices began being recorded. I had the privilege—and I do mean privilege—to have interviewed the great tenor in depth at the height of his career.  It was […]

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Competing with Midgets: A Tall Order

After a book I wrote was accepted for publication, I received an eight-page questionnaire from the company’s publicist. She wanted more information about me than my doctor asks for. Who was the book’s primary audience? Who did I know in the media who might be interested in reviewing the book? Have I ever appeared on […]

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Teach Me to Dance (Reader’s Digest)

One of my very favorite scenes in the movies is when Alan Bates says to Anthony Quinn at the end of Zorba the Greek, “Teach me to dance.” “Dance?” Zorba replies, his eyes shining. “C’mon, my boy.” They are on a beach in Greece and as the zither plucks that familiar tune, Quinn snaps his […]

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Madonna Paints a Mustache (Autograph)

When my children were much younger than they are now, way back in 1989, they knew Al Pacino as a friend of the family, but not as a movie star or celebrity. They were too young (six and nine years old) to have seen any of his movies (other than Author! Author! and even that […]

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Western Canada: Cowboys & Sushi (World)

I never wanted to be a cowboy. I prefer sneakers and sandals to calf-hugging leather boots. Baseball caps to Stetson hats. Horse power under the hood to horses under a hard saddle. Restaurants with waiters to cans of pork and beans over a campfire. I’ve never fantasized throwing a lasso over a calf’s head and […]

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