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09 December 2011

Movie Memories -- a stocking stuffer

Life220Part of the fun during the holidays is to celebrate the season in movies, whether it be the boy-and-his-Red Ryder BB gun chestnut, "A Christmas Story," the technically brilliant "Polar Express" or the feel-good granddaddy of them all, "It's a Wonderful Life."

Another real holiday pleasure is sharing that experience with family and friends. This season, I'm offering an even greater experience: A Movie Memories presentation for your retirement center, activity center, church or club group as a special event stocking stuffer of sorts.

Chances are you've seen Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" before; perhaps even several times. The Movie Memories presentation, however, goes behind the scenes to add wonderment to what you probably already know.

Were you aware, for instance, that Henry Fonda was considered for the lead as small-town banker George Bailey, which became Jimmy Stewart's signature role? And what about Bedford Falls, is that a real place?

If you're involved with a group looking for some holiday fun, call 972-599-2150 to book your "It's a Wonderful Life" Movie Memories presentation today.

Emeritus class 'graduates' with honors, fun

Thanks to all those who took my Richland College Emeritus fall classes this year. We had a really good turnout and a great time focusing on the careers of "Lone Star Movie Stars" Joan Crawford, Tommy Lee Jones, Dennis Quaid and others.

By the way, it's not too soon to sign up for our big "Brown Bag Movie Nights" series that kicks off with "The Shawshank Redemption" on Feb. 24. We'll watch the entire movie, for a change. Before we roll the projector, I'll talk a little about why the film of the evening was chosen for the series. Afterward, I'll lead a discussion of what we've just seen.

Exciting news: A Movie Memories road trip! Sally220

On April 21, I'm hosting a Richland College-sponsored day bus trip to historic Waxahachie (just a short 45-minute ride from Dallas) to visit the sites where some memorable Oscar-winning films were shot. Films like "Places in the Heart," "Tender Mercies" and "The Trip to Bountiful," just to name a few.

We'll screen "Places in the Heart" starring Sally ("You like me ... ") Fields on the evening of April 20 at Richland. The next morning we'll board the bus for Waxahachie, where actor, film buff and Waxahachie Texas Theater proprietor Tim Eaton will guide us on a driving tour, then a short walking tour of key Waxahachie movie sites, including where Bonnie and Clyde allegedly left shotgun blast marks in the ceiling of the local bank during an actual robbery.

There are only so many seats available on the bus, so I urge you make your reservations as quickly as possible. Click this link for details.

And finally ...

Happy holidays to all. And thanks to everyone who attended or booked a Movie Memories presentation or my Emeritus/Boomer classes and Enrichment lectures at Richland College in 2011. It's been a great year.

We're planning an even bigger and better 2012.

That's our holiday wish for you as well!

("It's a Wonderful Life" poster courtesy: Republic Pictures/Sally Field "Places in the Heart" photo courtesy: TriStar Pictures)


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