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Jimmy Stewart Museum needs a George Bailey miracle
MSNBC.com ^ | December 6, 2010 | Chris Rodell

Posted on 12/12/2010 1:52:52 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

The Jimmy Stewart Museum needs a George Bailey moment.

It needs a community of good-hearted people who revere all that’s good about Hollywood to dance in with baskets of cash to save it from a dreary Pottersville of a future with shuttered windows and sidewalks of scowling strangers.

It needs a Sam Wainwright to wire it a line of credit to ensure future generations of Americans won’t forget about a Yankee Doodle Dandy whose charm and patriotism still resonate.

Hee! Haw!

“It’s touch and go right now,” says museum executive director Timothy Harley. “We need a cash influx to help us get through this challenging time.”

Similar hardships have closed the doors at museums dedicated to other icons whose once-gleaming luminescence has begun to fade with age.

The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, dedicated to the flamboyant ivory tickler, closed its doors in October after 31 years. And a museum dedicated to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans rode off into the sunset at the end of 2009.

Harley says attendance at the Jimmy Stewart Museum has steadily declined in the past three years in concert with the struggling economy and as Stewart's contemporaries withdraw from bus tour participation.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: jimmystewart; museum

1 posted on 12/12/2010 1:52:57 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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An interesting coincidence.

Glenn Beck often uses the character of George Bailey in Bedford Falls vs Pottersville and compares it to the recovery of small towns in America.


2 posted on 12/12/2010 2:02:42 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Jimmy Stewart Museum is haunted by the spirit of Jimmy Stewart who was born and raised in Indiana,Pa.


3 posted on 12/12/2010 2:12:31 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Thanks for the heads up! I’ll pass it along to the morning shows tomorrow!


4 posted on 12/12/2010 2:13:21 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Pop culture trumps the past these days. Some museums are in the most inopportune places. When I lived in upstate New York, there was Frederick Remington museum not to mention the Baron Von Steuben memorial park and museum (a little log cabin), Fort Stanwix, Oriskany battlefield (which was a horrible thing, when fathers told their sons, "sons, grab your rifles, we're going", much like Mel Gibson's movie The Patriot, and they suffered terrible losses), and a number of graves of the Founders.

They shouldn't be forgotten.

Von Steuben requested to be buried in an unmarked grave, although they have a memorial over the spot where they think he was buried. Where was his ego?

5 posted on 12/12/2010 2:36:41 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: prisoner6

Neat tagline P6.


6 posted on 12/12/2010 2:54:26 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
He is probably my favorite Hollywood star of all time - not necessarily for his acting, but for the type of person he was.

This is interesting:

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So is this:

Throughout the war, he carried with him a copy of the 91st Psalm, a gift from his father. According to the Jimmy Stewart Museum, he said, "What a promise for an airman. I placed in His Hands the squadron I would be leading. And, as the psalmist promised, I felt myself borne up." Psalm 91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Remember the scene near the end of It's a Wonderful Life, where Jimmy Stewart, playing the role of George Bailey, breaks down in a pub, crying out to God in utter despair? (Watch the scene here; fast-forward to the 5:30 mark.) Apparently Stewart wasn't really acting; those tears were real. In this 1977 article that Stewart wrote for Guideposts, the actor recalls that George "is unaware that most of the people in town are arduously praying for him. In this scene, at the lowest point in George Bailey's life, Frank Capra was shooting a long shot of me slumped in despair. In agony I raise my eyes and following the script, plead, 'God...God...dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if You're up there and You can hear me, show me the way, I'm at the end of my rope. Show me the way, God...' "As I said those words, I felt the loneliness and hopelessness of people who had nowhere to turn, and my eyes filled with tears. I broke down sobbing. This was not planned at all, but the power of that prayer, the realization that our Father in heaven is there to help the hopeless had reduced me to tears." In the article, Stewart further discusses the making of the film, his faith, and how his dad held him accountable to attend church once he moved to LA from little Indiana, Pennsylvania. A good read about a fine man and a classic movie.

7 posted on 12/12/2010 2:56:43 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: JoeProBono

That’s also the hometown of Freeper Joe 6-pack :-)


8 posted on 12/12/2010 2:58:55 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

9 posted on 12/12/2010 3:03:57 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
The county veteran's memorial is just to the left of that statue...my name is on one of the bricks in it :-)

Wonder when that pic was taken...the flags are at half mast.

10 posted on 12/12/2010 3:09:40 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SkyPilot
I'll always remember his last mission was bombing mission in a B-52 over Vietnam. He was old. That was dangerous. He didn't have to do that. But he did.

Maybe he was trying to make up for "not doing enough" in his own mind? Who knows.

Compare that to the typical Hollywood actor these days.

11 posted on 12/12/2010 3:16:43 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: FlyVet

“On June 8, 1969, those Marines were trapped in an ambush that claimed the life of actor Jimmy Stewart’s stepson, Marine 1st Lt. Ron McLean.”

I think he was getting some payback.


12 posted on 12/12/2010 3:25:14 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Pablo lives jubtabulously!)
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To: prisoner6

Thanks so much, p6.

I visited the museum for the first time about a year or so ago. Jimmy Stewart was a man of rare character who deserves to be remembered, not just for his movies but for who he was.


13 posted on 12/12/2010 4:00:51 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: FlyVet

Jimmy Stewart was a great actor and even greater Patriot. But museums for pop culture personalities (even patriotic ones) are doomed to eventual failure. And it doesn’t help that its in a small town in PA off the beaten path. They may get a reprieve this year, but they will eventually have to close their doors.


14 posted on 12/12/2010 4:15:53 PM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: FlyVet

Jimmy has always been a serious favorite of mine. A big part of that (aside from obvious acting talent) is the fact that he was a real hero who risked his life as a military pilot. “Flight of the Phoenix” is one of my alltime Favs! I could watch it once a month.

Aside: I always wondered about the ending of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Everybody brings in their own money to save George and all...then he gets the word from his brother that his old friend has authorized him $8000 (covering the whole debt). I always figured that all the people would say “well you’re covered now George...I want my moeny back”. Some would say they put in more than they really did. Uncle Billy would get flustered and it would end up in a brawl :-)


15 posted on 12/12/2010 4:19:14 PM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
museum executive director Timothy Harley. “We need a cash influx to help us get through this challenging time.”

Don't we all Tim...

If ya can't get the cash to keep your Vegas tourist trap going, sell the stuff on ebay....

16 posted on 12/12/2010 4:25:25 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: dragnet2

Make that “Indiana” tourist trap....


17 posted on 12/12/2010 4:31:29 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: rbg81

My all time favorite, as an actor as well as a man. IAWL is far from his only great movie.

Anatomy of a Murder, the best coutroom film ever, Vertigo a murder mytery sexual obsession Hitchcock masterpiece, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington every bit as emotional and a lesson for today as IAWL, Harvey a beloved classic, Shenendoah, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with Duke Wayne, Winchester 76 (?).... the list goes on and on.

I love one of his films with Walter Brennan, is it The Far Country?

Oh and Philadelphia Story with Cary Grant and Hepburn.


18 posted on 12/12/2010 4:36:22 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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19 posted on 12/12/2010 4:50:52 PM PST by ResearchMonkey (Holding Conservative Country in California.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
It needs a community of good-hearted people who revere all that’s good about Hollywood to dance in with baskets of cash to save it from a dreary Pottersville of a future with shuttered windows and sidewalks of scowling strangers.

raise taxes

20 posted on 12/12/2010 4:55:36 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Stimulus ~ Response / "...and that's why the color yellow makes me sad, I think.")
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To: rbg81
Jimmy Stewart was a great actor and even greater Patriot. But museums for pop culture personalities (even patriotic ones) are doomed to eventual failure.

Agreed. These stars were big in their day, but they fade from memory. I'd guess that most people under the age of 35 have never even heard of Jimmy Stewart.

2 examples:

A few years ago I worked with this chick that was just out of high school. She had literally never heard of Johnny Carson.

The other day I asked my XO if he was going to see True Grit this month. He is a 27 yr old Lieutenant and he had never heard of True Grit. He was vaguely familiar with John Wayne, but had never heard of any of his movies.

21 posted on 12/12/2010 5:10:08 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: rbg81
small town in PA off the beaten path.

That was the point I was trying to make in my post #5. It seems a lot of these pieces of history that should be remembered are off the beaten path.

In upstate NY, even baseball's Hall of Fame is out in the middle of nowhere. Podunk Town.

It's as if history is telling us, "Remember us, if you care to, but you'll have to work a little bit, if you want to. But if you don't that's your problem."

Hmmm.

When I visited Hawaii years ago, one of the Hawaiian tour guides told us, in his culture, "If you don't tell your children about your past, don't expect them to remember you."

22 posted on 12/12/2010 5:15:40 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

Well, the one thing that Jimmy Stewart has going for his memory is that “Its a Wonderful Life” plays every holiday. I actually don’t like the fact that they’ve reigned in the number of showings on TV to one per year. IAWL is a great American masterpiece. Its also the only movie one that manages to choke me up at the end no matter how many times I see it. Its the scene where his brother makes the toast that does it.


23 posted on 12/12/2010 6:28:32 PM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Roy Rogers what a shame I have an idea for Jimmy....there is money the arabs but not our heros???....It is time to stop sending money people who hate and kill us!!!


24 posted on 12/13/2010 4:15:15 AM PST by GregB (Congratulations President Palin on your election and being the first Female President!!)
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To: JoeProBono

I saw Jimmy Stewart the last time he was in Indiana thanks to my dad!!!He wa s a true HERO......


25 posted on 12/13/2010 4:17:35 AM PST by GregB (Congratulations President Palin on your election and being the first Female President!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Just heard about this thread. Yep, the museum is in trouble. I work just next door, in the courthouse, and used to volunteer at the museum. It’s funny to see visitors get their pic taken with the Jimmy statue outside on the courthouse lawn!


26 posted on 12/13/2010 4:18:24 AM PST by sneakers
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To: GregB

I missed him every time he was here. Last time I had the chance, I was pregnant with my son and too tired! That was 27 years ago. Mr S and our friend went. I missed my chance!


27 posted on 12/13/2010 4:39:10 AM PST by sneakers
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To: ResearchMonkey

Curious, I strained (no pun intended) to see any rank on the shoulders. The only clue I suppose is the flag. He advanced to the rank of Brigadier General


28 posted on 12/13/2010 4:52:39 AM PST by wita
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