Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, Jan. 30, 1960
January 30, 2010 | 2:00 pm
Mash Notes and Comment
(Press Release) "Gigantic 'man-eating clams' with shells of unusual proportion, sometimes reaching four feet in width, are found along the great barrier reefs dotting the Pacific Ocean from Australian waters northward into the Solomon Islands.
"These huge clams lie along the bottom of the sea or are anchored firmly to the reefs.
"They feed on small organisms, live sea food and have been known to trap bathers and divers.
"The clam has a highly sensitized interior trigger mechanism that causes the shells to slam shut with tremendous speed and force. A swimmer or diver can thus be trapped and unless he is able to successfully destroy the hard-muscled heart of the clam inside the shell, he is doomed.
"The digestive juices of this clam are strong enough to assimilate bone structure.
"They are considered especially dangerous along the beaches of Australia, where they lie on the bottom of the shallow waters and are in a position to snare bathers who step unsuspectingly into the opened shells.
"A person can be held prisoner long enough for the fast-rising tides to cause drowning.
"Few men are strong enough to pry open the shells of an average size clam once they have locked.
"Such shells, selected in various sizes from very small to the largest, help to create the unusual interior displays which occur throughout the decor of the new Aku Aku Restaurant, located on the grounds of the Stardust Hotel." (signed) Eugene Murphy, Publicity, Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.
--Table for five, please, waiter. Oops. where did everybody go?
Mr. Paul Coates:
"Nearly every stranger I meet asks me if I am related to Paul Coates, so as one COATS to a COATES, I am curious to know what part of the country you're from.
"I didn't grow on a Coats-Coates tree, as I fell off another, so this letter is not a claim to kinship.
"Some time ago, Mr. C.N. Edmonston of San Francisco -- married to a Coats and interested in family genealogy, got in touch with my son, Claude Coats, at Walt Disney Studio, in search of information, so Claude sicced him on me.
It's in the Records
"The information I have dates back to a Sir John Coates, who came to America in 1638 and located in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania seems to have contributed much of the Coats-Coates progeny, with such intermarriages as Eastturn, Longstreet, Mandenhall, etc.
"One interesting fact concerns William Coates, son of Wm. and Rebecca Coates, having 14 children.
"One of the 14, Marmaduke (born 1733) was ransomed from the Indians for a horse and a blanket." (signed) Mrs. Daisy B. Coats. 1771 N. Vermont Ave., L.A.
--Just think, Daisy, if they hadn't come to terms, we'd be ahead one horse and blanket.
(Press Release) "The family of Strauss definitely is one that enjoys the reputation of doing things really 'big.'
"Mrs. Hal Strauss of Encino recently wrote to KMPC's disc jockey Ira Cook and asked him for a copy of his famous 'Cook With the Stars' cook book, which features favorite recipes of some of the top names in the entertainment world:
"A mistake in the KMPC mail room resulted in Mrs. Strauss not receiving one -- but 150 copies of the book.
"However, she wasn't too upset, for it was her great-aunt (Esther) who is generally credited with the now-famous line uttered on the ill-fated Titanic as it was sinking: 'I know I ordered ice, but this is ridiculous.' " (signed) Publicity Dept.,KMPC, Hollywood.
--Captain, 86 that lady. She's rocking the boat.