The Reception Room of Johnny Mathis' Rojon Productions, Inc. office suite makes an impressive statement of Johnny's 27-year career as a Recording Artist. The pale orange walls of the elegant little room are covered with framed awards of Gold and Platinum records presented to Johnny over the years - from the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. (See my "Los Angeles Report" of August 1981.) A variety of colorful plaque awards compliment and complete this awesome display. A recent observation of these pride-producing walls revealed that a new plaque had been added, placed neatly next to the one from the Mayor of Los Angeles. A bright yellow child-painting sunburst symbol decorates the top of the plaque, which reads: "Young Audiences of Greater Los Angeles, Inc. Presents An Award of Appreciation To Johnny Mathis For His Support of Art Education" and "The young people of Los Angeles whose lives are enriched through the music, dance, theatre and visual art experiences provided by Young Audiences are very fortunate to have Johnny Mathis as their champion for arts education. Without support such as his the organization could not reach over fifty thousand children annually with arts programs throughout the Los Angeles area." and "The Board of Directors of Young Audiences extends its warmest gratitude."
"Los Angeles Report" by MARIA NIEMELA (1983)
The most famous sidewalk in America is located in that very special district of the City of Los Angeles called Hollywood. This sidewalk has been designated as a Cultural/Historic
Landmark, and has gained international fame as a major tourist attraction. It is known
as the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"Los Angeles Report" by MARIA NIEMELA (1979)
On the beautiful, bright and sunny morning of Wednesday, July 5, 1995, Johnny Mathis was honored by Los Angeles' famous Greek Theatre. Johnny has performed a total of 77
concerts at the Greek Theatre, over a span of 35 years, from his first week-long engagement in September of 1960 to his recent 2-day engagement on July 14/15. Johnny has sold nearly 300,000 seats at the Greek Theatre, which makes him the second-largest ticket seller
in the history of this out-door theatre, located in Los Angeles' scenic Griffith Park. The
induction ceremony began at 10:00 A.M. with a large crowd of Johnny's friends, family,
staff and fans in attendance, along with a huge group of media people and cameras. The
"Wall of Fame" was created to honor performers who have sold more than 100,000 seats
at the Greek Theatre, and this is the 3rd year that they have inducted an artist into the
"Wall of Fame." The first year, it was Carlos Santana. The second year, it was Harry
Belafonte, who is the first-largest ticket seller in the theatre's history. Johnny arrived at
the Greek Theatre early that Wednesday morning, accompanied by his Rojon staff, including Robert and Dianna, Gil and Mark, John Scott Lavender, Joe Lizama, Eric
Messerschmidt, Richard Holsten and Richard Bevan. While Johnny's mellifluous voice
was played on theatre speakers for all to enjoy, the front of the tree-surrounded theatre
bustled with activity, and it's black-with-white-letters marquee proudly announced the
day's event: CONGRATULATIONS JOHNNY MATHIS GREEK THEATRE WALL OF
FAME INDUCTION JULY 5, 1995 A festive black/red stage at the sun-lit entrance of the
theatre with glass podium and line of chairs was set up, and the ceremony began with the introduction of the inductee: Johnny Mathis. After the initial speeches, Johnny signed the
cement block, to loud applause and cheers, and lots of photo-taking. Johnny graciously
thanked everybody for attending his "Wall of Fame" Induction, and he talked about how
he loves performing at the Greek Theatre. A presentation was made from the office of the
Mayor of Los Angeles ... "I think it is a great honor, here at the Greek Theatre, to have this
wall that celebrates the great artists of our community, and Johnny Mathis is certainly one
of those artists. ... We have this beautiful space (Griffith Park/Greek Theatre) and we have
this beautiful artist, whose music will be here for hundreds of years from now, because of
his soul and beauty and inspiration, and his hard work and perseverance as an artist."
The theatre's general manager then presented to Johnny a special jacket with the "Wall
of Fame" logo. At the end, photographers pressed Johnny for more poses with his autographed cement block. A reception followed in the Greek Theatre's Green Room.
by MARIA NIEMELA (1995)