Text: H.Res.221 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)

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[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
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[H. Res. 221 Introduced in House (IH)]

  1st Session
H. RES. 221

  Recognizing and honoring Johnny Grant for his work as the Honorary 
 Mayor of Hollywood, California, for more than a quarter of a century.



                             March 6, 2009

Ms. Watson (for herself, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Connolly of 
Virginia, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Jones, Mr. Rohrabacher, Ms. Clarke, Mr. 
 Carson of Indiana, Mr. Davis of Illinois, Mrs. Christensen, Ms. Eddie 
  Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Cuellar, Ms. Tsongas, Ms. Edwards of 
 Maryland, Mr. Ellison, Ms. Titus, Ms. Fudge, Ms. Linda T. Sanchez of 
California, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Hirono, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Zoe 
  Lofgren of California, Mr. Berman, Ms. Kilpatrick of Michigan, Ms. 
  Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. Pallone, and Ms. Richardson) submitted the 
 following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign 



  Recognizing and honoring Johnny Grant for his work as the Honorary 
 Mayor of Hollywood, California, for more than a quarter of a century.

Whereas Johnny Grant was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and resided in 
        Hollywood, California;
Whereas Johnny Grant served as the chairman of the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame 
        Selection Committee, which is responsible for one of Hollywood's most 
        important visitor attractions, and the Hollywood Historic Trust, which 
        provided financial support to many historic projects;
Whereas Johnny Grant's ebullient style and sense of showmanship was evident as 
        he produced the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, seen worldwide for 
        more than a quarter of a century;
Whereas Johnny Grant served as Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and as the 
        community's Ambassador of Goodwill worldwide, and had 50 distinguished 
        years of activity in show business;
Whereas Johnny Grant was an international emissary and was known throughout the 
        world for his patriotism and enthusiastic promotion of Hollywood as the 
        Film Capital of the World;
Whereas Johnny Grant was a pioneer in the radio and television industry, hosting 
        one of television's first game shows, being the top radio personality in 
        Los Angeles for a decade, serving as vice president of public affairs 
        for Golden West Broadcasting, and serving in Gene Autry's radio and 
        television empire for more than 46 years;
Whereas Johnny Grant donated his time and talents as a producer and master of 
        ceremonies to more than 3,500 events for charitable organizations such 
        as the USO, Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, and the Salvation Army, 
        helping them raise tens of millions of dollars for their causes;
Whereas Johnny Grant led some 60 morale-building trips to bring joy and a 
        ``touch of home'' to members of the Armed Forces stationed in Korea, 
        Vietnam, Beirut, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, 
        Cuba, and many other areas;
Whereas the vision and character that Johnny Grant brought to the entertainment 
        industry and to Hollywood in particular will be sorely missed; and
Whereas, on January 9, 2008, Johnny Grant passed away and left a void in the 
        Hollywood industry: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) recognizes Johnny Grant as a key contributor to the 
        revitalization of the image of Hollywood;
            (2) honors Johnny Grant for his service to the country, 
        tremendous accomplishments, and contributions to the industry 
        and the Nation; and
            (3) recognizes and expresses gratitude to Johnny Grant for 
        the generous donation of his personal and extensive film 
        collection series to the Department of State to be used as part 
        of the Department's ongoing public diplomacy programs 
        worldwide, the first official contribution to the Public 
        Diplomacy Resource Centers Act of 2008.