Things were getting busy at the label. So many interesting and creative people trucked through the front hall, came in for meetings, and were calling, calling, calling. Among those passing through the front hall were the other three Doors - Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore. On those occasions, both Ray and Robby acted as if I was non-existent, not so much as a 'hi,' or a glance in my direction. John, however, always attended by his long-haired dachsund Otto, was friendly and normal, perhaps because Otto would come running to see me, and get under the reception desk. While retrieving him, John would chat for a short while.
However, there was no sign of Jim in person. He did call in just to catch me up on things we'd talked about, i.e. he had located the two guys he had been writing a script with at UCLA Film School, before the Doors were put together, and he was going to take the script to Paris with him, to continue work. I'd encouraged him to do that, and I was pleased that it had worked out.
He seemed to be very focused on film and scripts during our chats, but none of them were particularly long, unlike the first call. He was obviously busy, and I heard he was staying away from booze, which we had also talked about. I'm quite sure this was a conversation he had with many of his friends at that time. I had alcoholics in my family, and I suggested to Jim that he might have that problem. Though he listened politely and responded intelligently, it was pretty obvious that he thought he could stop on his own - a common mistake that alcoholics make - and I left it at that. If he could, he would.
I got to work with the local promotion guys west of the Mississippi, all of whom were WEA employees, and though I missed opportunity to assist all and sundry with their incoming calls, I was now much more involved with the music than before.
Jac was bringing in artists like Harry Chapin and Carly Simon. The Doors had completed the album, "L.A. Woman," with at least two killer songs, "Riders On The Storm," and the title track. I no longer saw Densmore and Otto, as I was sitting in the back of the building by then, but I did get to know Bill Siddons and Danny Sugerman, the Doors manager and office assistant respectively, who came in often to consult with the sales department and the promotion department.
January 1971, WEA had its first convention coming up in Palm Springs, which I was expected to attend. Clothes for some of the evening events were an issue, the budget being a bit tight, but Diane Gardiner, who was working in the publicity department, sharing the next-door office with Billy James, hauled three of us secretaries over to Themis one lunch time.
Themis wasn't open that much, and certainly never until the afternoon, but Pam Courson had some very nice clothing on sale - although nothing in my price range! I hadn't met Pam before, but she turned out to be very pleasant, though she spent some time grumbling to Diane about Jim and how badly he was treating her. As this grumbling was going on in a high-end boutique largely funded by him, there was a certain irony at play!
However, Pam was very generous and gave me a black dress that I was admiring, which I wore at the convention. I certainly couldn't have afforded to buy it at that time. About two weeks' salary. Here I am in the dress in January!
Soon thereafter, Jac decided we should throw an opening party for the new building - in March.
Photos: Elektra logo, the location of Themis back in the day, a poster insert to LA Woman, and me wearing the Themis dress.
PART FIVE NEXT WEEK. JIM RE-ENTERS THE STORY!