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A Christmas Story 25th Anniversary

December 23, 2008 - Michael Palmer
During the recent cold snap I was driving by a playground and I noticed a few of the kids standing around the metal poles of the equipment, I recalled Ralphie Parker, and his friends Flick and Schwartz having a dispute over whether a person’s tongue will stick to a frozen flagpole.

Schwartz ultimately issued Flick a “triple dog dare,” the most serious of those used by the kids, according to an Internet Web site of memorable quotes from the movie.

In the film, Flick’s tongue naturally sticks to the pole and the fire and police departments are dispatched to extract his tongue from the pole.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the 1983 film, “A Christmas Story.”

The movie's plot revolves around Ralphie trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940's 9 year old boy.

If this is one of the films you can watch inexhaustibly in a loop. Then you look forward to the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day slot when TNT runs their 24 hour CHRISTMAS STORY marathon.

The wonderful Cleveland house featured in the film…Ralphie’s house…has recently been restored to its cinematic appearance and condition. This was done by a former Navy Intelligence Officer named Brian Jones. Jones was a huge fan of the film.

According to the press release: Brian Jones, 30 of San Diego, is a true fan of the movie and a young entrepreneur. The former Navy intelligence officer not only sells leg lamps – just like the one featured in the movie – for a living, but he also purchased the Cleveland house used in the film. Jones bought the house – sight unseen and without ever visiting Ohio – in an eBay auction. His wife, who serves in the military, e-mailed him about the online listing as her ship was on its way to the Middle East. Since January 2006, he has been renovating the house to its original movie appearance.

The house officially opened on November 25, 2007 and includes a small museum dedicated to the film. If you’re in the area, this is an amazing chance to experience a part of cinema history.

You can purchase movie memorabilia including replicas of the movie’s iconic Leg Lamps (“It’s a major award!”). If you plan on making this purchase maybe you should make the trip alone.

Anyway, Happy Anniversary Ralphie.

 
 

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