I was the "2nd" Stage Manager on Malibu U. during the summer of 1967. It was one of my earlier assignments through my newly acquired Director's Guild of America card. I would generally agree with the first commentary. This show was a summer replacement. (They did summer replacements back in those days.) As the prior person stated, Ricky Nelson was the host---a very quiet, private person. During the taping he would walk to a quiet corner of the beach bluff, briefly chat with me, and wait until I called for his scenes. The particular episode on which I worked featured The Turtles (singing, "Eleanor"), Dionne Warwick stood on a rock several yards out in the ocean, shivered and lip synced her hit song, "Alphie" as the wind blew her yellow chiffon dress to the point of sticking to her legs. The surf was so loud that she could barely hear the playback. James Darren of "Gidget" fame sang a song and walked along the waters edge, and I believe Harper's Bizarre sang a song for which I don't remember the title, ("Feelin' Groovy" or "Anything Goes"?) Of course, Ricky Nelson sang his hit songs as well. The beautiful "beach bunnies & handsome buff buddies" were all freezing in a temperature that hovered around 65F. I remember the bikini clad girls were wrapped in heavy coats and blankets until such time as they were required to broadly smile and joyfully run into the icy water, acting as though it were a hot 90 degree day! The one "scary" event was when the director had one of those big, old video cameras set into a deep hole that had been dug in the sand for a ground level shot of "The Turtles" playing with live turtles while they sang. It was late in the day, the high tide was upon us and a big wave arrived in all it's glory, heading for the hole where the electronic cables, camera, cameraman and I were located. Fearing electrocution, the cameraman and I jumped out at the speed of light!!! I'll never forget that day.
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