- Day 2 Monday 29th August 1977
I awoke at 545am, Angela was already awake. We updated our diaries. It was still dark outside and we knew Donny was out there getting ready to go to the Studio ! We went downstairs for breakfast & then returned to our room for odds & ends for the day. We were going on a tour of Los Angeles, travelling along Sunset Blvd ( not pass KTLA !), Mann’s Chinese Theatre which was lovely.
We saw famous stars handprints & messages in the cement, then on to Hollywood Bowl,
such a big place.
We drove through Little Tokyo (you just cross the street & you can be in another town). We went through China Town, they had just had a festival, flags flying everywhere. Dodger Stadium was very large. The main stop of the day was Farmer’s Market, I bought 2 Donny & Marie posters ! We then returned to our hotel. Angela & I decided with great courage to go to the Studios. We caught bus no. 83 to Fairfax, then no. 89 to Sunset Blvd onto La Brae and no. 42 to KTLA Studios,
it took 2 hours but only 50c to go all the way on a transfer ticket. After arriving we were very excited at the thought of seeing Donny ! BUT he wasn’t in there. We became friends with Aydin at the guardhouse, he was very helpful with the questions we fired at him ! We were so thrilled when he said we could go around Studio 6 which is where Donny & Marie were filming their show ! Many people were queued up for a quiz game. We walked into Studio 6 & there was the ice rink, boy was it great ! Around the back, the boards had ‘D & M’ all over them, then we saw Donny’s white piano, it looked lovely with two silver strips around it. We saw some more sets in other studios. We walked back across the parking lot towards the guardhouse again passing more sets belonging to the show, no pics allowed ! Aydin then said ” Oh look, there’s Jay Osmond “, we couldn’t believe it, it couldn’t be, but it was, I was so stunned I just stood dead still ! Ang ran up & asked if he knew where Donny was ? Jay said he thought he was inside ! Jay looked lovely, his hair was frizzy as before. “Could we take a photo Jay ?” “Yeh, ok “. He stood & faced us & smiled that smile shuffling back every second trying to get away. We found
out why later on, he was there to pick up Marie, we saw them leave in the car, Jay, Marie & Connie (I think). At least we had seen two Osmonds, so we left pleased but not to sure if Donny was inside or not but we decided he would have left with his brother & sister. We caught a different set of buses home down Santa Monica Blvd. A disco was at 830pm, they played some Osmonds but then the machine packed up ! It was taking ages for it to be fixed so Ang & I decided to go upstairs around 10pm. We heard that Ron, our courier, had phoned the local radio station & they played a dedication. We talked & talked about going to see Donny tomorrow. We feel terrible but we cancelled the excursion to ” Magic Mountain ” to go and see Donny ! Goodnight everybody !
Photos: Mann’s Chinese Theatre Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl with Ang, Janice & Rosie
KTLA Studios Jay xx
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I remember this and it took ages on the bus but we were determined! Can’t recall who Connie was though. Enjoying the read and the details -keep writing.x