We at Tabloid Baby are a regular bunch of Bonos, spending part of our precious Sunday afternoon walking to stamp out world hunger with our neighbors, the Hankses.
Tom Hanks had his Da Vinci Code hair, and his personal assistant had equipped him with a backpack and brand new umbrella, but otherwise he and wife Rita Wilson were just plain folks as they, one of their kids and two dogs led the 31st Annual CROP Hunger Walk through downtown Pacific Palisades. Hanks’ Playtone Productions, which promotes family values with its HBO polygamy series, Big Love, was main sponsor of the surprisingly sparsely-attended event (the inconvenient start time, one p.m., was probably set so the walk route wouldn't conflict with the pricey Sunday Farmer's Market, which would be in the way of the walkers as it fed the wealthy locals).
The walk was warmed up and kicked off behind the library by Gavin MacLeod, who replaces Steve Guttenberg as our honorary mayor in July.
The former Murray Slaughter expressed disappointment that most of the kids in attendance didn’t remember his ten years as captain of The Love Boat. Then again, they don’t know about his more recent TV career as a scary evangelical Born Again Marriage crusader, either. He led the kids in warm-up exercises and led the walk for a few blocks before dropping out.
We and the Hanks crew went the distance.