Larry Vaughn with Mentora Vaughn Gratrix
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Hollywood, YES. Chosen, NO, NEVER…

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
—C.S. Lewis

Writing a book is no small feat but finding the right title can be even more challenging. I’m dedicating today’s post to our title, Hollywood’s Chosen.

There are so many good people that Mentora and I had the opportunity to write about in Hollywood’s Chosen. One man who was very near and dear to me is my former boss, Eddie Stern. There truly was only one Eddie Stern. Here is an excerpt from Hollywood’s Chosen during our first meeting when he was showing me Wometco Enterprises in Miami, Florida.

“Now, let’s look at the film buying department.” Eddie stood up straight. He had an air of pride, as if he were a proud father introducing me to his newborn child. He said, “Larry, humility is not one of my strong suits. For me, being a Jew means something. While I’m by no means a practicing Jew, I do like the idea of being one of God’s chosen.” Eddie laughed and said, “I feel the same way about being a film buyer. It’s a special profession. We are part of a small select group that makes Hollywood happen. Larry, don’t take this calling lightly.”

I smiled, “You mean I’m one of Hollywood’s chosen.”

Eddie looked pleased. “Yes, Larry, you’ve got it. You’ve got the vision.” Eddie smiled, “I knew I was going to like you; we think alike.”

After that meeting with Eddie, I came to experience firsthand the thrill of being a film buyer in a very competitive movie market. At the pinnacle of my career, I was very content with my life and my accomplishments. I had no interest in God or Christianity. For me, Hollywood was all I wanted, a confident yes; and Christianity, well it was a definite no, actually NEVER was more like it. Thankfully, God had other plans for me and many years later in the book, I reflect back on my life…

Shortly before Christmas, my family and I joined Surfside PCA church. We were glad to officially be a part of a church family again. We made many friends at Surfside and learned a lot under the direction of Pastor Mike Ross. One Sunday morning he preached a sermon on being chosen by God. The word chosen jumped out at me, and I thought back to my conversation years before with Eddie Stern. Eddie had emphasized the importance of being “chosen” for the film buying position. I sat there in awe as I realized God’s hand of providence in my life; God had chosen me, Larry Vaughn, to be His child.

And so now, as my family and I prepare for this advent season, I still rejoice in my own Christmas miracle that “I am His and He is mine.”

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2 Responses

  1. JP says:

    I always loved that story, Larry; what a great one!

    And how great it must have been to work for Eddie Stern! What a character.

    • Larry Vaughn says:

      JP, It was a great story. I always felt blessed to work for the men that I did, especially Eddie Stern. I think of him often and always with the fondest of memories.

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