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Old 07-30-2019, 10:24 PM   #91
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Confused Maybe it's Wishful Thinking, but I'd like it to be true even if it's highly doubtful

I just now discovered this entire thread and found it fascinating. I read thru the whole long thing. I too at first doubted that this was really Larry, but I kind of believe it just MIGHT be. Some reasons to doubt, his stories are just a bit too full of detail and small incidents and tiny things that happened 60 years ago, do most people remember many many tiny details of many different small incidents in their very young lives? I remember a few things from when I was a little kid, but not endless anecdotes full of detail. The stories are just a bit too good and full of detail to be true, but heck, I still hope they're true, they sound so good, I'd like them to be true.

As for why Larry quit the show, I had always heard (and this theory "Larry" didn't mention as one of the reasons that are supposedly not true) I had always heard that Larry had gotten very nervous and had problems dealing with being a kid actor. You can see in many later episodes a tick Larry develops as he got older. So this reason, that of his own real nerves, as the reason for quitting "Larry" doesn't mention.

Oh well, I still hope this is the real Larry, the stories are no doubt fascinating and I'd like if they were real. Though accepting that Larry as a young man would not even recognize Miss Landers voice (even if she has aged more than her years) or that Miss Landers would not even recognize Larry is a bit hard to believe too. A kid might look different but Larry must have been in his 20's when this incident supposedly happened, Larry couldn't have changed that much that Miss Landers wouldn't have recognized him and her voice would surely have been recognizable. And who meets somebody on the street and doesn't introduce them to the person they're with? More oddness.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:18 AM   #92
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Rusty not recognizing Sue Randall and vice versa, and his girlfriend just happening to know her--the whole thing is very odd. If this were a "fake" Rusty, he probably would have made up a more plausible story. Strange things do happen.

Another thing: he made a point of correcting his birthplace to L.A. An impersonator probably wouldn't have even thought of that.

I agree, it's odd for someone in their 70s to remember so many details from being 9 or 10. But most of us don't have so many interesting things to remember.
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The odd thing is, why is Rusty all of a sudden speaking out, after having not said a word for years? He also talks as if he is watching the episodes for the first time in a long time. I'm not saying it proves it's not the real Rusty, I'm just saying it's unusual.
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He "speaks" through a buddy who is on Facebook. Maybe "omg" can tell us how long that's been going on.

BTW, re a tic Rusty/Larry had. I'll have to keep an "eye out" for that. I never noticed it.
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He "speaks" through a buddy who is on Facebook. Maybe "omg" can tell us how long that's been going on.

BTW, re a tic Rusty/Larry had. I'll have to keep an "eye out" for that. I never noticed it.
Hey Steve. I joined that Facebook group last year and I had noticed some of these posts from Rusty through Doug several months ago.I'm honestly not sure how far back Doug's posts go but I'm guessing almost a year ?I'm not sure how old this group is either.Rusty is in his 70's so being quiet all these years could be chalked up to reluctance or ignorance of social media due to his age ? Rusty seems kind of dumfounded that he was such an icon.
I should created this thread earlier as I myself always along with many others here wondered what happened to Rusty.My apologies and honestly with all the busyness going on in my life,I just didn't think about it.
I would suggest joining this Facebook group.You can post and ask your Rusty questions to Doug and he will answer.
I really hope it is Rusty and I do believe it is.
Regarding the nervous ticks of Rusty on the show Hazel Anyday points out,I had noticed that too. He squints his eyes several times in a row.
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A new "Tidbit" from Rusty.

I recently posed this question to our friend Bob/Rusty,,,,

“A lot of comments were made about your smooth acting ability. You were so natural compared to all the other kids, even Jerry and Tony.

When the cameras were rolling, were you Bob Stevens delivering his lines? Or did you go into Larry Mondello?

Basically what I'm asking, was Larry you? or did you play as a character?”

Rusty’s reply as follows,,,, “Answer is, to be perfectly honest, it was just me delivering lines that I had memorized. Nothing more nothing less. I think it’s more accurate to say I was natural rather than smooth or even acting”.��
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Another memory from Rusty:

A "Tidbit" From Our Friend Rusty, As Follows,,,, "Somebody recently posted a picture of Tony Dow in a go kart. This is an embarrassing story but I will tell it to you. Tony owned a go-kart and one day invited me to try driving it. We went out to this big open area near his house. I'm 99% certain that the go-kart in the picture is the one he let me drive but it's possible that it was a different go-kart. At any rate, I get in the go-kart and proceeded to go faster then I should have and as I recall, lost control of the steering. I ran into something but I can't remember what it was. I am pretty sure (at least I hope) there was only minor damage. As you could imagine I felt like crawling into a hole. Well, Tony said something like, "Ah, don't worry about it. It's no big thing." That's the kind of guy he was. I don't remember if when I saw him again in 1983, I brought the subject up. By the way as an adult I am a fantastic driver! P.S. I guess is was a very Mondello-ish thing to do"��.
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I agree with stevea that a “fake” Larry would have made up a more plausible story. It could totally be true that he didn’t recognize her. Sue and Larry’s friend probably had things to talk about like their shrink. I wouldn’t have recognized Rusty either like when I saw him in Still the Beaver. I know it’s Rusty just about how he tells things and as for details I would remember details too if I was in a TV show. He has more stories with Tony than Jerry.

Once I heard they were filming a scene from The Crown Caper in 1967 in our neighborhood shopping area. We went down to hang around the Woolworth’s (remember that) and this guy came over and asked Andrea, Terrie and me if we would like to be in the window being a shopper. We loved it. It was boring doing take after take but enjoyed seeing Jack Weston do his stunt. After they wrapped it we went over to the guy and asked him for his autograph. He said he wasn’t anyone special but gave us his autograph and $2.

Can you imagine my surprise when just 3 years ago I realized he wasn’t just the director of the scene but the whole movie The Thomas Crown Affair. He was Norman Jewison and his signature was so bad I couldn’t read it. I remember lots of details. BTW I see myself in the window even today with the HD technology.
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In regards of Rusty being able to recall things from his childhood in such great detail, I've heard/read people writing their autobiographies, once they start recalling events from their childhood, more detail, and other memories become more vivid.
And like Stevea pointed out, this wasn't an average childhood, these are very memorable moments.
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This is an earlier post, so sorry, but what did it for me was recalling singing You Always Hurt the One You Love while waiting on the phone. I think only he would dredge that one up. Yes, diehard fans know it, but a diehard fan doesn't "play" Rusty Stevens. And when you come right down to it, who would?
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In regards of Rusty being able to recall things from his childhood in such great detail, I've heard/read people writing their autobiographies, once they start recalling events from their childhood, more detail, and other memories become more vivid.
And like Stevea pointed out, this wasn't an average childhood, these are very memorable moments.
It's funny. Some of my childhood memories are crystal clear while many of my adult memories aren't. lol
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It's funny. Some of my childhood memories are crystal clear while many of my adult memories aren't. lol
I can relate haha
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