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Hollywood ‘Mayor’ to Visit Troops

November 23, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Johnny Grant, the longtime honorary mayor of Hollywood, is taking a small group of celebrities on a handshake visit to U.S. forces in Afghanistan and other nations.

It’s Grant’s 56th overseas tour, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Thursday. His troupe includes Dennis Haskins of television’s ``Saved by the Bell″ and Kate Linder of ``The Young and the Restless.″

The group, set to visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Oman and Qatar, plans to help serve Thanksgiving dinner to troops in Afghanistan.

Grant, who was scheduled to leave Friday, has long been a fixture at Hollywood celebrity functions such as the star ceremonies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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