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April 20th, 2009

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06:58 pm - Happy Birthday Harold Lloyd!
I celebrated Lloyd's birthday on Saturday by going to the town of his birth, Burchard, NE.  It's a little more than a 2 hour drive from my home in Omaha.

Burchard is a tiny town of 103 people (it used to be bigger and even have a High School), but they have been doing a wonderful job of keeping up the house he was born in.  It used to be rotting away with a tree growing through the front porch, but they've really fixed it up nice.  But they also have to pay to keep it mowed, painted, and have the utilities paid, so the money raised by the party went for the upkeep of the house.

Anyway, the party was organized by Nikki McKim and Cohen Phillips, who did a wonderful job.  There was cake and hot dogs and then some of Lloyd's shorts were shown after it got dark.  The shorts were 'The Non-Stop Kid' (1918), 'Two Gun Gussie' (1918), 'I'm on My Way' (1919), 'Ring Up the Curtain' (1919), and 'Don't Shove' (1919).

A special treat was a group of fourth graders who came 2 1/2 hours to be there.  They had learned about Harold Lloyd from a book, 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret', and researched him and watched his movies as a class.  They all came to the party in straw hats, horned rimmed glasses, and Harold Lloyd shirts.  The shirts had the shot of Lloyd on the front where his hair is standing on end, and the back had their individual picture dressed like him with their hair standing on end.  Anyway it was great to see them all excited about Harold Lloyd and his work, especially when my husband's high school students complaign about having to watch 'The Princess Bride' because it's old.

Anyway, a few of the pictures I took can be found here.

Oh, and one of my co-workers called me from home while she was on her lunch to ask if Harold Lloyd was the person I went to the party for.  She wanted to let me know she was watching him on TCM right then and was having trouble tearing herself away to come back to work.  Cheers!

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Date:April 22nd, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
My husband teaches the strangest group of kids I've ever heard of. Some of them actually complained when he had them read comics all class time!

I posted about the party on my facebook and someone asked who Harold Lloyd is. By the time I was able to reply, she had looked him up herself and watched several internet clips. Now she wants me to bring my boxed set to her place for lunch next Wed!

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