Jim Callahan on Michael Landon
It certainly looks like Michael Landon in the photo. Michael, who appeared only one day at the Show Bowl, arrived and left Pleasure Island using the helicopter from the helicopter ride. At the earliest, that ride operated during the 1965 season and I think most probably the year was 1966. I'm certain that it wasn't 1964 as that was the first year of the three years that I worked summers at PI and definitely there was no helicopter ride my first summer. I had a picture taken with Michael Landon in the PI office by Sandy Giampapa, one of the PI owners. Sandy, a photography hobbyist, was always taking pictures of the happenings at the park during those years. I must have that picture someplace but I can't find it.
I still remember when Michael Landon took off his shirt in the PI office that I thought that Michael had the chest of a Greek God rather than of the young guy called "Little Joe", as one might expect from watching Bonanza.
Twice, I had to make out the check to pay him for the show. There was a dispute as to whether he should be paid for the first class air fare for his wife (who did not accompany him on the trip but it was stated in the contract that he was to receive $2500 plus the cost of two first class round trip airfares from Los Angles to Boston for him and his spouse). Michael was no pussycat and he left with the check for the total amount. An accountant, like myself, tends to remember the financial side of the past.
I haven't had contact with Sandy (Santo) Giampapa in 30 years but I'm sure he must have a wealth of Pleasure Island material. About two years ago, I read an article in the Boston Globe that Sandy lived in Newton and his partner in Publicity, Inc., Al Longo lived in Middleton. Perhaps someone from the Friends of Pleasure Island should try to contact Sandy or Al to see what they might have to add to the Pleasure Island collection. I live in Rio de Janeiro so I'm not a candidate to try to contact them. Good luck! I really enjoy remembering those days.
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