Fog Over San Francisco
Notable - Personalities - Other - Howard Horne
First met: 04/25/1919
Occupation: Theatrical Agent
Appeared in: The Stanford Queen
Howard Horne is a thin, nervy sort of chap, with a narrow face and eyes that appear positively shifty. He has a tendency to pump peoples’ hands with an enthusiastic handshake whenever he can, and to smoke cheap cigarettes . His day dress is usually slovenly and stained with sweat and coffee, though when he makes the rounds of the theatres to see his artistes he always makes the effort to look like what some would call ,a proper dapper gent’. How well he succeeds in this depends upon how loosely one would define the term `good taste’
Horne is a small-time agent dealing with a wide range of artistes . Like many similar agents he tends to discover young talent and nurture it into maturity, until it is stolen away from him by one of the new management agencies. Horne himself, though, believes all the acts he handles to be the best in San Francisco. He is in many ways a stereotypical theatrical agent, his speech being peppered with talk ofdeals and fees, percentages and packages. He operates out of a tiny, untidy office off Union Square, close to the theaters.