Monday, December 31, 2012

Kon Tiki Hotel - Memories of a Bellman at "A little Bit of Waikiki, in the Heart of Phoenix"

I don't expect anyone to believe me on any of this. I used to work at the Kon Tiki Hotel, on 24th St. and Van Buren in Phoenix as a young man, years before its final decline and demolition. At this time it was owned by Tom Carroll, a former Bozo the Clown of the Los Angeles kids show, who lived in the "Penthouse" room of the hotel. I did mostly bellman duties. I wore a Hawaiian uniform shirt, and answered the phone "Aloha Kon Tiki Hotel." One time, I got called to pick up a "Mr. Joseph Smith" at the airport. I drove the station wagon limo, complete with wooden Tiki Masks mounted on both sides, to the airport but didn't find anyone waiting except the Airport porters, who were all doubled over with laughter.


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