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James Garner, Elaine Stritch, Kanye West, And The Culture Of Creative Cowardice - Forbes

670px-elaine_stritch Before he was the star of Maverick and The Rockford Files, he was a lot of other things. As The New York Times wrote of his colorful career history: Mr. Garner came to acting late, and by accident. On his own after the age of 14 and a this link bit of a drifter, he had been working an endless series of jobs: telephone installer, oil field roughneck, chauffeur, dishwasher, janitor, lifeguard, grocery clerk, (source) salesman and, fatefully, gas station attendant. While pumping gas in Los Angeles, he met a young man named Paul Gregory, who was working nearby as a soda jerk but wanted to be an agent. Years later, after Mr. Garner had served in the Army during the Korean War he was wounded in action twice, earning two Purple Hearts he was working as a carpet layer in Los Angeles for a business run by his father. One afternoon he was driving on La Cienega Boulevard and saw a sign: Paul Gregory & Associates.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2014/07/22/james-garner-elaine-stritch-kanye-west-and-the-culture-of-creative-cowardice/

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