The short of it: Vin Scully’s star at 6675 Hollywood Blvd., in front of the Vogue Theatre, is buried under mystery. And plywood.
When Vin Scully’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star disappears, in front of a theatre on Hollywood Boulevard with known paranormal activity, it’s too good not to investigate.
Especially with crack Internet sleuths who put themselves on the case.
Short story long, there’s a cover-up involved.
Roberto Baly, the editor of the popular Dodgers blog, VinScullyIsMyHomeboy.com, reported more than a week ago that he and his brother-in-law visited the sidewalk landmark for the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster – it’s in front of the Vogue Theatre, once a movie house but now a converted supper club.
He was very disappointed to see Scully’s name peeking out of a soiled red carpet, held down by some old, ratty tape.
“I noticed the gate was open to this club,” wrote Baly, who took his pictures on May 20 and posted them five days later. “I went inside to complain. No one came out. Look closely to the red carpet and tape. This is not like a one day thing. You can tell it’s been there for weeks. It’s old.
“You see, those stars look nice. You don’t see any tape covering the stars. I saw hundreds of stars and none of them were covered with any type of carpet or tape. NONE. Only the star of Vin Scully was covered with that garbage.”
Readers of the blog went into “X-Files”-like Scully and Mulder action. They contacted the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, demanding justice. They called the owners of the Vogue, demanding at least some discounted coupons. SI.com jumped in with a link to all the scurrying around.
Then, things got a little twisted.
Rick Chandler, author of MSNBC.com’s “Off The Bench” blog (linked here), noted that in a year for the Dodgers that has been so intolerable, the impassable has happened. Ownership scandal, fires in the Dodger Stadium warehouses,fans caught on YouTube.com dropping their kids so they can drop a foul ball (linked here). And now – Scully’s star victimized outside “a haunted local night spot.”
L.A. Weekly has had a story on the place (linked here), reporting that for a 10-year period it was closed and used to study ghosts “and other apparitions” by the International Society for Paranormal Research.
Chandler’s investigative work led him to the society’s website (linked here). There, it says that the Vogue Theatre, built in the 1930s next to the famed Musso & Frank restaurant, was once the site of an elementary school and textile factory – both of which burned down.
Ghostly activity ensued.
The spirit of someone named “Fritz,” who died in the projection room in the 1980s, still rattles around, as does “Danny,” a maintenance engineer who died of a drug overdose around the same time.
Six of the children from the Prospect Elementary School that burned down, along with their teacher, Miss Elizabeth, are still seen there.
Seats in the theatre go up and down for no apparent reason. Men have claimed to be pushed out of the way when going up the stairs.
“So the problem with the Dodgers is clear, at least to me,” Chandler writes. “Vin Scully’s star has been installed on the site of a haunted theater, which has covered the Dodgers symbol with a dirty rug, triggering all manner of bad voodoo. This curse will not be lifted until something is done about that star. For God’s sake, at least shampoo the carpet.”
Maybe there’s something to the fact that the 83-year-old Scully admitted that in this most recent off season, he broke a toe when slipping on a wood floor in his stocking feet. Last off season, he had that incident where he fell and hit his head in the bathroom.
Ana Martinez, the spokesperson for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, told us this week that Scully’s star, as well as a couple of others in the vicinity, were covered from their doorstep to the curb without the consent of the Chamber or the city, “and that’s illegal. They’ll be fined if it comes back.”
She also posted on the Walk’s Facebook page (linked here, and not to be confused with a Facebook campaign to get Scully to call the 2012 MLB All-Star Game) that she spoke to the Vogue’s owners and everyone “will keep an eye on the situation. Please spread the word.”
Meanwhile, Martinez said the Department of Water and Power has started some construction work there – on Wednesday, there was, in addition to the carpet, some plywood covering Scully’s star, as well as sawhorses and cones marking their project. If that’s true, then it has the rare permission to cover the registered historic landmark.
Still, something doesn’t smell right here.
“People are very protective of their stars, particularly the families,” said Martinez.
So are the skeptical fans.
Scully, not so much, it appears.
“I have no idea what’s going on there; I haven’t been down there since the star was put in,” said Scully, who received the star in 1982, the same year he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
If there is something there burying his fame, he said, “I just wish it were a blue carpet.”