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The Museum That Never Was, Part 1 — 3 Comments

  1. Wonderful article, Jim, if not more than a bit sad. Hollywood is known for not celebrating its past like they should, and the fact that Debbie Reynolds could not find a home for her treasure trove is heart wrenching.

    I remember the first time I visited Hollywood in the early 1990s how disappointed I was that the city fathers did not seem fit to capitalize on the glamour of Hollywood. Of course, Hollywood is not what it was back in the early days, but millions of people from around the world flock there every year and its depressing that some smart planners have not done more to capitalize on that.

    Its too bad the new Kodak Theater could not find room for a Hollywood History Museum. It seems like a natural idea and one that should have been done years ago.

    Even a few blocks around the area of Grauman's, the Egyptian and the Roosevelt Hotel could have been transformed into something special. After all, who knows more about illusions than Hollywood? I guess anywhere but their own backyard.

    Looking forward to Part Two.

  2. Wow, Jim, I'm floored that all the beautiful, amazing artifacts and memorabilia in Debbie Reynolds' "Museum that Never Was (Part 1)" can't find a home, or at least go on tour with all these wonderful things. This collection belongs in the Smithsonian or The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or perhaps go on tour like the King Tut exhibition! These remarkable items don't deserve to be all but lost to the ages. If Princess Diana's memorabilia could get a record-breaking tour, why not Debbie Reynolds' items? Where's a winning multi-million-dollar lottery ticket when you need one, so we fans could build such a museum ourselves? I look forward to Part Two of this fabulous yet poignant post, Jim!

    Also, Jim, while I have your attention, thanks a million for including my blog TALES OF THE EASILY DISTRACTED among your favorites in your own wonderful blog! My dear hubby and frequent co-blogger Vinnie thanks you, too!

  3. Kevin, Dorian, thanks both. It is mystifying, isn't it, how Debbie has had to face so many obstacles in this. Seems to me the proceeds from a single weekend of a Transformers or Pirates of the Caribbean movie would be enough to build a museum that would be one of the wonders of the world. Ah well.

    Dorian, as I'll be saying in Part 2, at least these exhibits aren't literally "lost to the ages." But they are lost to the public — so your "all but" qualifier is exactly right.