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December 23, 2003

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is the best Christmas movie. The movie catches a glimpse of life in the 1950-60s in small town America very well. I can almost smell the turkey roasting or the Christmas tree in the living room. The mini-story of the dad's fixation on the Leg Lamp is hilarious and at the same time, very sad. You can find leg lamp replicas on eBay here. I can adapt the line "you'll shoot your eye out" to almost any situation. I had a Red Ryder B-B gun at one time. I didn't shoot my eye out.

You can find information about the film here. Be sure to watch the trailer.

Red Ryder was a character in a famous comic strip that was created by Fred Harman. The museum is in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

There is a good article on Red Ryder and Fred Harman called Red Ryder's Eternal Home on the Range by Mark Yost 12/23/03 WSJ

There are pictures of Harman--a founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America--with celebrities, including John Wayne. The actor was a longtime friend and the couch he slept on while filming the 1972 film "The Cowboys" is now on display in the museum, Harman's son said. "We had a bus full of elderly ladies in here one day, many with walkers and canes," the younger Mr. Harman recalls. "As soon as I told them that, you never saw anybody move so fast to try and sit on that couch."

Enjoy the movie. It is one of my favorites.

- posted by Mad Jayhawk and Seven @ 12/23/2003 08:47:00 AM    |

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