Here is Director Frank Capra with RJ McHatton in 1980.
RJ was in the theater business in those days. He was
manager then owner of the Tower Theater in Fresno. Some
of his favorite memories include his Tower Blues Festival
where he met the legendary blues man John Lee Hooker,
and then RJ remembers going partners with comedy tycoon
Budd Friedman on McHatton's Tower Comedy Festival Series with lots
of famous standup comics
including Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGenneris,
and Paul Rodriguez. Probably RJ's favorite moments from those
years was his getting to meet and spend time with the great
movie star Debby Reynolds, film director Frank Capra,
screenwriter-director Robert Towne, and the very independent filmmaker
Russ Meyer who never went anywhere without his 35mm Arriflex
movie camera in the trunk of his Mercedes.
RJ has had the opportunity to interview many great people
including actors Harrison Ford, Cliff Robertson, and Kurt Russell,
auto pioneer Carroll Shelby, actor John Gavin,
and former Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Here are some photos of RJ with Harrison Ford.
RJ McHatton with Harrison Ford and his airplanes
RJ McHatton with Harrison Ford
Kurt Russell with RJ McHatton
Cleo and Carroll Shelby with RJ McHatton
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin with RJ McHatton
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, and RJ McHatton