Cher, Barbara Streisand, Tom Selleck and Denzel Washington … what do they have in common?
Every community experiences gossip and cliqueish behavior, but are all towns susceptible to urban legends?
For as long as I’ve lived in Prescott, there have been stories circulating that Cher owns a house here and there have been several Barbra Streisand and Tom Selleck sightings. These stories get passed around over and over, but the person you’re talking to is never actually the person who SAW the celeb … and so it goes in our little town.
A few years ago, a story circulated that Denzel Washington was moving to Prescott and building a home in one our our high-end gated communities.
Today Toni Tenille and the Captain are building a home here and that one is a fact; they even work out at the same place we do.
All I can do when I hear these stories is chuckle, as I’m reminded that we live a slower pace here, one that allows for time to stop at chat with a neighbor or your pharmacist. Even if an urban legend or supposed celebrity spotting is mentioned, how can that be bad? We’re not exactly Mayberry, but we do enjoy running into one another downtown and exchanging the latest (ahem) news.
7/31/06: “My name is S.R., and like you I am a long time Prescott resident since 1971 and I have heard the rumors about celebrities. I heard about Denzel Washington coming here but have yet to see him. I do have a friend that is President of both American Ranch & Prescott Lakes HOA’s and I believe it was she that told me the Denzel move was fact (I will believe it when I see it). I also have an acquaintance that said she is the housekeeper for Sean Connery who supposedly has a home here. One fact I do know is this, the owner of Gorton’s Fisheries lives in Prescott Lakes…big deal right?…When I first came here there was an article in the AZ Republic stating that Prescott, AZ had more Millionaires per capita than most big cities and I would hold that to still me a factor…just putting in my 2 cents worth. I like your site…take care!”