The tourist pack is thinning on Hollywood Boulevard
Somewhere between Debbie Reynolds and Jack Benny, the Laitala family of Duluth, Minn., stopped to marvel at the throngs of tourists shuffling among the sidewalk stars of Hollywood Boulevard.
Joel Laitala, a mechanic, focused his camera on a star in the pavement while his wife, Lori, watched as costumed characters -- Superman, Capt. Jack Sparrow and Homer Simpson -- posed for photos with tourists for tips.
And the Laitalas were typical of today's visitors. They were scrimping. They avoided trinket shops, theme parks and expensive eateries.