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A few of the interesting people that Jerry has met over the years...
 
 
  When I worked at City National Bank, I parked my car about 5 blocks away. On numerous occasions, as I would be walking down 9th Street passing by the Congress Garage, an elderly gentlemen would be coming out of the garage parking lot and start also walking down 9th Street.  Many times we walked the rest of the way to our jobs together. He had an office in the Federal Reserve Bank Building, which was across the street from City National Bank. This person, just 12 years before I met him, had to make one of the most difficult decisions affecting the world as President of the United States.  Harry Truman, who was kind to me as a young man, made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on two cities in Japan on August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945.  The bomb regrettably killed hundreds of thousands of people, but nevertheless quickly brought an end to World War II less than two weeks later. Truman also made the difficult decision to fire General Douglas McArthur when the general disagreed with the President's decisions during the Korean War.
 
 
  Some other notable people who became our friends over a period of time were Hank Stram, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and winner of Super Bowl 4 along with Len Dawson and Jan Stenerude who were both Chiefs players and are now in the Football Hall of Fame.
 
 
  We have a condo in Branson, MO, which is located at the Thousand Hills Golf Country Club. Some of the friends we have made in Branson, MO are Mickey Gilley, who is probably best known for the movie Urban Cowboy.  The movie was filmed at Gilley’s, the world’s largest honky-tonk in Pasadena, TX in 1980. Mickey was in the movie Urban Cowboy with another person we became friends with, Johnnie Lee, best known for his #1 hit song "Looking for Love".
 
 
 

Liz & Mickey in 1999

   
 

 
 

Mickey & Jerry in 2000

 
 

Also Moe Bandy and Andy Williams who have theatres in Branson, MO are great people, who Liz and I consider our friends.

 
 


 

 
 

One of my really good friends for the last 35 years is Doug Sanders, who is a professional golfer.  Doug joined the pro golf tour in 1957. He has won a total of 21 PGA Pro Tournaments. Over the years, Doug has introduced me to many of his friends, whom I've enjoyed the opportunity to get to know.  I thank Doug for this.

 
 

Doug & Jerry golfing in 1971

   
 


In May of 1998, Doug called and asked if I could accompany him to Frank Sinatra’s funeral in Beverly Hills, California. Doug was a very close friend of Frank's and received an invitation to the funeral.  Doug was allowed to bring someone along with him, which as a token of our many years of friendship, he asked if I would accompany him.  I told Doug, I appreciated him asking and of course I’d go with him.

We spent two days with Frank Sinatra’s friends at a wake on Wednesday, May 15th and the funeral mass on May 16th. There were only 400 people in this small Catholic Church in Beverly Hills. I was fortunate enough to sit next to Nancy Reagan and Robert Stack and his wife at the funeral.  In front of me were Mr. & Mrs. Larry King along with Vic Damone and his wife. Behind us sat Lee IaCocca. The evening before the wake I sat next to Mr. & Mrs. Jack Lemon. I had known Jack from having previously golfed with him a few years earlier. In front of us that evening sat Wayne Newton, Jerry Vail, Robert Wagner and his wife Jill St. John, Kirk Douglas, as well as many other well known people. This was a wonderful experience and a time I will always remember.
 

 
   
  Two other interesting people I met in Hollywood in the early 70’s were Robert Colbert  and Richard Long.  Bob played Stuart Brooks for a decade (1973-1983) on the soap opera "The Young and The Restless" and earlier in his career played the role of Brent Maverick in the series Maverick after James Garner left the show (1957-1962).

Richard Long originally was the attorney, Jarrod Barkley, in the television series "The Big Valley" in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He later starred in the series "Nanny and the Professor".

 
 

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