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What Would Life Be Like Without the Jimmy Stewart Museum?

See how I did a kind of riff there in the headline, comparing the plight of the Jimmy Stewart Museum to that most famous of hypothetical questions, the one safely ensconced in the habitual Christmas Time movie It’s a Wonderful Life? Damn clever me… actually, not really. I saw everyone else on the interweb do that and we bloggers, while we like to imagine ourselves as lone wolves, are actually herd animals. Baaaaaah Humbug.

But, back to Jimmy’s museum.

The museum, located in the third floor of a library in Indiana, Pennsylvania, is falling on the hard times, like every other museum (along with 98% of human beings) in America right now. Victim to both the financial pressure of lessened State support, as well as Jimmy Stewart’s disappearing allure to younger movie goers, the museum has seen a 50% drop in visitors and groups over the last ten years. Right around the time George Bush was elected… hmmmmm, interesting. Wonder if there’s any connection there, especially with all the similarities between mean Mr. Potter and former VP Dick “Why Don’t the Poor Go Die and Lessen the Surplus Population?” Cheney.

John Butzo, who serves on the museum’s Board of Directors, says all it would take to keep the museum going is a modest $150,000 per year endowment. That’s not too much to ask, he says, to keep one of America’s movie icons’ memory alive, is it?

Sadly, other than It’s a Wonderful Life (which I have to go on record as admitting that I cannot stand…) and maybe Harvey (which I gladly go on record as saying I love…) Jimmy Stewart’s movies are not really this generation’s thing, and those who grew up with the stuttering every-man are quickly fading into that last sunset themselves. Which is sad, because Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the kind of movie every American should watch, especially since the Tea Party (the biggest collection of Mr. Potters ever) will continue to claim the movie’s image while totally missing out on its message.

If you are interested in helping out the museum you can contact them here. I’m sending what little cash I can, but

Blake Edwards Dies at 88

Filed under: Celebrities,Deaths,Movies — Tags: , , , — Positronic Dave @ 12:29 am December 17, 2010

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Blake Edwards, the director that brought us everything from Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Peter Sellers in “The Pink Panther” series and even Julie Andrews’ bare breasts in S.O.B. passed away yesterday, at age 88, of complications from pneumonia. Julie Andrews, his wife, and their children were with him when he finally closed his eyes.

Though he got his start in radio and TV, Edwards is known mostly for his movie comedies

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