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    You never know who you’ll meet in Caroga Lake

    So I’m sitting on my driveway soaking up the sun when one of my neighbors stops by for a visit. This happens very frequently as I’m catching the morning sun. This neighbor’s name is Stanley Bojarski and he tells me we have a lot in common in our entertainment business history.

    Stanley told me that he was in tours of “Annie” musical productions with Jo Anne Worley. Remember her from the television show “Laugh In?” He was also in the national tour of “Me and My Girl” starring Tim Curry.

    His nominations for acting awards include the Drama Desk Awards for his part in “When Pigs Fly” and the Drama Critics Award in 1997. He has also done several television commercials, which most people don’t realize are some of the most financially rewarding jobs to get in “the business.” If one gets a national commercial, or even local, for that matter, you are paid for every time it airs.

    Stanley told me he was in commercials like Metamucil, Ruffles Potato Chips and several others. He also has appeared at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady.

    It was really neat to find out how much Stanley and I had in common in our past. Entertainment people are like an extended family. We tend to share horror stories and success stories. Whatever people may think of the so-called “stars,” it isn’t an easy way to make a living.

    I didn’t get into an extended conversation about what he did for a mainstay job, but he sounded like he worked pretty steadily. I don’t think he’s pursuing the actual career anymore, but I know he came home to help take care of his parents several years ago.

    Someone hearing that I toured with the American Repertory Theater Company may sound very grand. However, it really came down to doing small one-act plays and short dramatic presentations in elementary schools to young children.

    Also, it didn’t pay that great. I had a full-time waiteressing job at the same time. The restaurant was called Flannigan’s Landing and it was in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the tour was based. We would make loops outward from Cincinnati and come back there and I could work my regular job that helped pay the bills.

    I’m not sure Stanley ever worked in restaurants as we didn’t get that far in the conversation, but it was great sharing stories and remembering when…

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com