He also had a reputation for smoking a lot of dope and that was what I smelled before I met him. There was what can only be described as an exotic odor coming from his dressing room at the TV Centre as I approached. Mr. Mitchum was surrounded by friends, including dear old Ronnie Fraser, the actor, who told me he had been appointed Mr. Mitchum’s bag carrier, which meant he had the bag with the dope in it.
Robert Mitchum greeted me in convivial manner. What he said was, ‘Hi, kid. Wanna smoke?’
I said I wouldn’t mind a cigar.
He looked at me pityingly. ‘Do you wanna smoke some shit?’ he said.
As they say in the tabloids, I made my excuses and left.
It was a fascinating encounter in the studio, mainly because Mr. Mitchum answered most of my carefully prepared questions with either ‘Nope’ or ‘Yup.’
Michael Parkinson, Parky: My Autobiography, Hodder & Stoughton, 2008
In September 1980, Los Angeles stuntman Dar Robinson drove a white sports car at high speed off a ramp on the rim, soared into the Grand Canyon, and parachuted to safety while his vehicle smashed on the canyon floor below. The stunt was filmed for a television episode of That’s Incredible. Park officials denied Robinson a permit to perform the stunt within park boundaries, but he was granted permission for his feat by tribal administrators on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, eighty miles west of the national park. A newspaper article reported the event was a “callous desecration of the Grand Canyon for the sake of entertainment…staging and filming such a stunt in the Grand Canyon cheapens one of the scenic glories of the world.”
Mark Neumann, On the Rim: Looking for the Grand Canyon, University of Minnesota Press, 1999