Issue: Summer 2022
Walking The Walk... The Dream Lives On
From the highs to the lows, although originally conceived to attract people to Hollywood’s fading shopping district in 1960, the Walk of Fame has accomplished more than the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce board ever dreamed. Today, Hollywood’s famed walk is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions drawing more than an estimated twenty million visitors a year.
Leron Gubler, recently retired CEO of the Chamber, has penned one of the most inspiring informative books about the famed walk and highlights of his 26 years at the helm. Rather than a review of the many implanted implanted stars, Gubler’s book chronicles the actual ceremonial remarks made by recipients and their guests. No one has officiated and/or attended more ceremonies than he or been involved with so much of the town’s twists and turns. Self-published, his book The Walk of Dreams: Finding Fame in Hollywood (or Wherever Life Leads) is available at Amazon and is a must for any Hollywoodophile.
Gubler’s book is definitely about the high point in many celebrity lives, but it’s Chamber member Jonas Silva who provides visitors with a lasting memory of their visit to Hollywood Boulevard and its Walk of Fame with a photograph of them with their “own” Walk of Fame Star. Silva, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to the U.S. in 2016 to study Audio Engineering and the Entertainment Business. He saw an opportunity to provide visitors with more fun and excitement on the Walk of Fame. For as little as $25, visitors can take a little bit of Hollywood home. You can find him on the boulevard near the Dolby Theatre.
Here's to Hollywood—where dreams can come true.