Eternal boy wonder
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Mickey, Mickey, Mickey. They say you have died, but I find this hard to believe, for you are so alive in my memory. There you are, in the big room of the Chamber of Commerce building on Sunset Boulevard in the summer of 1934, a little boy passing easily as a 9-year-old when you are really 13. You hand me your work copy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, climb onto the banquette beside me, place your head upon my lap and ask me to awaken you nine lines before your cue.
Seven decades later, there you are, in the rehearsal room of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where 59 Oscar winners are gathering to rehearse their appearance at the Academy’s 75th-anniversary broadcast.