Hal (left) and (Don) enjoying a meal and conversation together
The “Six Degrees of Separation” is a popular theory that two people anywhere on earth can be somehow linked to each other in only six steps. Findlay Primrose has that concept beat by five steps! Although, to their knowledge, they had never met prior to moving to Primrose, two of our residents recently learned they were indeed linked together.
Hal and Linda, who have lived at Primrose for a little over two years, found themselves seated at the same lunch table last week with two of our new residents, Don and Patsy. Don and Hal quickly struck up a conversation and began sharing their lifetime travel stories.
When Hal was in college he became good friends with a fraternity brother, Matt Yuricich. Their friendship continued after college and Hal eventually followed Matt to California, where Matt pursued his dream to become a “matte artist” for motion pictures. It wasn’t long at all before he was creating special effects in many well-known Hollywood movies, and Hal was lucky enough to land a job as well at MGM and 20th Century Studios. “Unions were big in that day, and everyone’s job had a specific title,” Hal explained in a recent interview. “I don’t remember what mine was but it really was no more than a glorified light bulb changer,” he chuckled.
Don also lived in Hollywood on two different occasions. The first was when he was about 21 yrs. old. He had not yet received his business degree, and had been working at Ford Motor in Detroit when he got the opportunity to move to California to work at an accounting firm. Don lived just two blocks from downtown Hollywood near the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
When Hal shared some of his work history with Don, he was somewhat taken aback by his response. “Why, I lived in Hollywood about 60 years ago too,” Don said.
“Oh really?” Hal asked. “What part?”
“On North Orange Drive, near Sunset Blvd.”
Hal’s eyes widened. “When was that?” he asked.
Nineteen forty-nine was his answer. They both fell silent for a moment before they began to laugh in disbelief. It seems they both lived on North Orange Dr. in Hollywood, California, during the very same year; not at opposite ends of this short Drive, but a mere building apart on the same side of the street! What are the chances that two strangers, now living at the same retirement community, in the same city, being “neighbors” nearly 3,000 miles away some sixty-six years ago?
The clincher of this unique and amazing story is that Hal and Linda recently relocated from a Primrose Villa to an apartment inside the building. And the residents who now live in that particular Villa? Don and Patsy! It certainly is a small world.
To find out more about the retirement living experience at Primrose, please contact your nearest Primrose Retirement Community today to see more of our fun and social living. We’ll happily answer all your questions and show you around our beautiful communities. Come see why we say, THIS IS LIVING!