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Bob Smith, USA/Deforest Moe Most

Director Neil Abramson, along with editor Angela Wood and others, searched high and low for Bob Smiths, who happened to be named the same. They found enough of these creatures to make a film about things that Bob Smiths would say and do and perhaps exemplify. I can't say for sure because I haven't seen the film yet. There will be one screening of Bob Smith, USA at the Echo Park Film Center on this Thursday, Sept. 14. 8 pm. Rated PG-13.

Named after an inventor, DeForest Moe Most was the king of Muscle Beach. The gymnast-acrobat was born in Echo Park and lived for a while across from Elysian Park. His family also lived on land they had "homesteaded" near Elysian Park after a downturn in fortunes. Filmmaker Joe D'Augustine emailed me with news of the Belmont High School graduate's death and wild, wandering life.

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