Walt you old dog! I don’t doubt that he was all smiles! With ciggy in hand, too – didn’t he ever put that down?
Walt and Ms. Loren were in New York to accept awards from National Association of Theater Owners, or NATO. During a banquet on the night of October 1st (always an auspicious date!), NATO named Sophia their Star of the Year. Walt had a slightly higher honor; he was presented an award invented specifically for him – the “Showman of the World”.
Walt’s appearance and speech that night would be one of his last; he would, of course, pass away two months later. But it’s great to see him having a blast in the Big Apple; his speech that night was very funny and a nice little history of his career from his point of view. I highly recommend you take a moment and read it.