I’ve been reading a trivia book and there were three things mentioned that coincidentally all had to do with names. Exposure to this board has left my cynical, but all three sounded suspiciously like urban legends to me. However I’ve checked Snopes and Brunvald and found none mentioned. So can anyone tell me if these are true, semi-true or false?
One was that when Burt Reynolds was writing his name in the cement on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he misspelled it. I don’t have any particular respect for Reynolds’ intellect but I find it hard to believe anyone doesn’t know how to spell their own name.
Another was that Adolf Hitler issued a decree during his reign forbidding anyone from naming their child Adolf. It seems unlikely to me that a meglomaniac like Hitler would discourage a thing like that.
The last was about the movie Animal House. At the time it was released Universal put a line in the end credits of all their films suggesting people take the Universal Studio tour. In the movie there was a character, Babs, who was said to have later become a studio guide. In the end credits, the usual “Visit Universal Studio” credit was amended with the addition “Ask for Babs”. The book I read claimed that for several years if you actually asked for Babs at the gate of Universl Studios you got a free admission. Again this sounds like an urban legend.