Friday, October 28, 2005

Indiana Broadcast Pioneers induct Hoosier entertainers

How Indiana shaped C-SPAN
Indianapolis Star - United States
... The other Hall of Famers were Hoagy Carmichael, Mary Jane Croft, Elmer Davis, Will Geer, Phil Harris, Herb Shriner, Red Skelton, Lurene Tuttle and Harry Von ...

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Wonderful Hoosiers of Oz

Just got the Three-Disc Collector�s Edition of the MGM�s �The Wizard of Oz�. Hoosiers have had some sort of collection to this film and with other Oz related films.


There is a new commentary on the DVD with historian John Fricke but Sidney Pollack is the host and introduces interviews. The set also has copies promotional material from the August 15, 1939 premiere at Sid Grauman's Chinese Theatre.


Munchkins have an Indiana connection. Mitzi Koestner from Muncie and Arnold Vierling from Seymour. Bud Linn from Indianapolis was one of the singing voices of the Lollipop Guild.


Otis Turner directed three Oz films in 1910. �The Wonderful Wizard of Oz� is on the three-disk set. Other films were �Dorothy and the Scarecrow in Oz� and �The Land of Oz�. Charles Murray from Laurel was the �Wizard of Oz� in 1925.


Some extra Indiana connections are that Jo Anne Worley played the Wicked Witch on Broadway in 1999, Red Skelton was the host of 1959 showing of the film on CBS and in northern Indiana the city of Chesterton has a great festival every year.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Bus used in Hoosiers restored

The bus was at the Wayne County Historical Society in Richmond. It got rusted. Plans to restore it and display near the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown after the Jubilee Days parade in June.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Stephen Sommers out of "Museum"

LOS ANGELES ( Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy") is out and Shawn Levy ("The Pink Panther") is in as director of the 20th Century Fox family comedy "A Night at the Museum."