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Tom Bleecker
The Early Years
Fri Dec 2, 2011 09:54

In 1963, I was a three tipper at the Santa Monica School that was located two blocks from the telephone company. When the shift changed at 9PM, many of the pretty girls who worked as operators walked to the bus stop that was outside our school. In time, some filtered in and chatted with the guys who had finished the 8PM class and were lounging around. Ed Parker always left promptly at 9PM to drive back to Pasadena. Over the course of a couple of weeks, Larry Hartsell joked with a couple of the girls (they took him seriously) and told them that "I" was Ed Parker, hoping to impress. One evening two of the girls came in on their night off and sat in the waiting room to watch the intermediate class. Ed Parker walked up to them and said, "Hello, I'm Ed Parker." They smiled. One chuckled and replied, pointing to me on the mat, "No you're not. He's Ed Parker." How embarrassing. When later in Ed Parker's office Hartsell and I confessed, Ed Parker thought it was rather funny. I miss those days.

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