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Find the Pomona stars in the Walk of Fame.

Alas, this photograph is a fake. Gumby doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yet. But there are four other famous Sagehens who do. Arguably the most famous sidewalk in the world, this 18-block section of Hollywood and Vine is home to more than 2,000 brass star plaques embedded in pink and charcoal terrazzo squares, each bearing the name of a celebrity. Those expecting glamour and glitz are often underwhelmed by the dirty streets and tacky souvenir shops, but that doesn’t stop millions of tourists from visiting each year.

Intrepid Pomona students might want to search out the stars belonging to four distinguished Sagehens: actor Richard Chamberlain ’56 (star located at 7018 Hollywood), whose credits include Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds and Shogun; actor Robert Taylor ’33 (1500 Vine), nicknamed “the Man with the Perfect Profile”; conductor and director Robert Shaw ’38 (1559 Vine), known as America’s greatest choral conductor; and actor Joel McCrea ’28, who boasts two stars—one for movies (6901 Hollywood) and another for radio (6241 Hollywood).

A couple of other Pomona alumni who lack a star yet surely merit one include:
Kris Kristofferson ’58. It’s hard to believe this gravel-voiced singer, songwriter and actor—with five gold albums, three Grammys and 50 movies to his credit—doesn’t have a star, but then, maybe the former Rhodes scholar, always an iconoclast, doesn’t particularly want one.

Gumby ’43. The actual alumnus, of course, is Gumby’s creator, Art Clokey ’43, who got his debut on Howdy Doody in 1956 and his own spin-off a year later. That series, following the adventures of kind-hearted Gumby and his pony pal, Pokey, ended in the 1960s, but enjoyed a resurgence 20 years later, thanks to the popularity of Eddie Murphy’s bad-attitude Gumby on Saturday Night Live (“I’m Gumby, dammit!”).
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