Some parents raise their kids to inherit the family business. They start by sweeping floors and if they are really lucky, they end up running empires. Most of us, of course, don’t want to follow in our fathers’ footsteps. We want to make new footprints that we can honestly call our own.
Our family business was the movie business. We didn’t make movies; we projected them on the big white screens in darkened theaters, and asked people to pay for the privilege of sharing the unique experience of film. Most of the time they were more than happy to do so. Which made us very happy too.
I loved the movies, first as an escape, then slowly, gradually, as a remarkable creative craft that occasionally rose to the level of art. I grew up in screening rooms, trying to be on my best behavior as a clutch of seasoned exhibitors viewed what was then a never-ending flow of ‘product’ from Hollywood. Not films. Movies. Films were made by Europeans and sometimes the National Film Board Of Canada. Films had subtitles. Movies were all about entertaining those people who plunked down their coins at the cashier window. In a famous film that was cleverly disguised as a movie, fading screen siren Norma Desmond lovingly referred to them as “all those wonderful people out there in the dark.”
Norma was talking about silent movies, of course. But.a couple of generations later my schoolmates and I had joined all those wonderful people in the dark. Movies were magic. Movies were proof that dreams really do come true, if we could only find our way to the other side of the rainbow.
This blog is about both sides.
Bravo George. What a great avenue for you to share you wit and insight. I’ve missed reading you and am delight you decided to start blogging. I enjoyed your Oscar stories -very amusing. I look forward to reading more.
All the best,
You’re a wonderful writer and have rich stories to tell.
My co-host Peter Dills and I would love to have you in-studio (Studio City) or on the phone to our show,”The Friday Morning Happy Hour” at 11 AM on LATalkradio.com
Write back with your willingness and availability! Thank you.
Thank you for your comment. And please forgive me for being such a poor correspondent.
Thank you for your kind invitation to appear on your Friday morning show.
Unfortunately I’m not available ’til September — By George is on hiatus at the moment — but if you’re still interested, I’d be happy to do it then.
Why I am always the last person to know? This is spectacular. And really envy-provoking. xxx
Every time I see a Candian walk of fame show , I wonder why the late Brian Lineham isn’t among that crowd. He was a real pioneer and great interviewer. What are your thoughts on that idea…..ie. nominating him for that honor.
said it in another space, but so glad to be part of george and gail, and I think of it like that….again. joan sutton straus
I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.
delayed reaction…. the drugs just kicked in.
By George, you were, you are, and you always will be the coolest, funniest, cleverist, human in show business. Thank Gawd for WordPress, so now billions can see what millions already know about you.
Keep on rockin’ in the free world George, look forward to reading you regularly.
Just saw your new entertainment blog/column for the first time tonight! I’m very impressed!
George – this website is such fun, picking up the little points of our fantasy lives and putting them together to create the whole – more please! xx
Seem to be a wee bit behind in my blog, let alone my blog correspondence! (sigh) Now coming back from a nine-month hiatus from blogging. Planning to restart my engine this month. Big hugs to you and yours.
Dear Mr. Anthony,
I have just finished your biography of Brian Linehan. I am stunned and so impressed with your work. I would like to contact you, because I have so many things I would like to say to you.
This blog seems outdated, but still links from other websites. If is current still, please let me know, and I will continue my comments.
A friend and fan,
Anne Summerhayes, Brantford, Ontario.
Dear Ns Summerhayes
I’m glad you enjoyed the book on Brian. And I’m sorry I haven’t replied to you before now. I am currently on a nine-month hiatus from blogging but plan to return to it this month.
I am so happy to see you back “in circulation”! I will keep checking this website and when you are up and running, I will definitely contact you again. Thank you for responding. Sincerely, Anne Summerhayes