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Regis signs books at the Americana

November 29, 2011|By Ruth Sowby

Now that TV talk-show host Regis Philbin has retired from his morning “Live with Regis and Kelly” on ABC, he’s making the rounds of the bookstores to sign and sell his new book, “How I Got This Way.” On Saturday (Nov. 26), Barnes & Noble in the Americana was host to some 300 Regis fans who came to learn the real scoop on the TV star’s life. A bonus was the appearance of Regis’ wife and sometimes TV partner, Joy Philbin.

Originally, Regis wanted to be the next Bing Crosby. In fact, Glendale resident Gladys Wymore mentioned his idol when Regis signed her book. “The way you feel about Bing Crosby is the way we all feel about you,” Wymore said. Wymore was willing to stand in a long line for 3½ hours before the noon book signing.

What’s next for Regis? Although he’s been approached by the show’s producers, he modestly turned down the opportunity to dance on “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Just in time for “Small Business Saturday” (Nov. 26), Intuitive Touch Massage celebrated its grand opening by offering free chair massages, refreshments and a DJ who rocked. This Glendale business in Kenneth Village is owned by Glendale resident and massage therapist Jaime Preston. Sister Debra Preston will service customers at the reception desk. These two sisters from New Jersey make a dynamic team. They even talked mom, Hazel Preston, into being the evening’s official greeter.

Two massage chairs were never empty as guests lined up for free massages. Therapists Gayane Kirakosyan from Glendale and L.A. resident Kimeeyon Pointer were kept busy giving the 10-minute massages. First in line at the chairs were Jessica Walker and daughter Jasmine Walker, 10. Jasmine was there for her first professional massage. She described some aches and pains from PE class at school. After the massage — it was so-o-o-o good,” Jasmine said.

This year’s free community Thanksgiving lunch offered by the Glendale Salvation Army drew a record 250 hungry visitors. The Army’s West Windsor Road headquarters was packed with community members celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday (Nov. 24). Anybody from any walk of life and living arrangement or lack of one have been encouraged to come during the more than 15 years the army has been offering this holiday meal. Visitors were welcomed by Salvation Army Glendale Capt. Rio Ray.

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