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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jersey Girl at Christmas

The marquee at the Legendary Loews Theatre in Jersey City, NJ across the river from NYC
Just to catch you up:  I’m currently in New Jersey working towards Friday’s big event:  The 40th anniversary screening of the Christmas TV movie The Homecoming and the cast reunion of the TV series The Waltons.  I’m the red carpet host and the reunion cast’s panel discussion moderator.  This once-in-a-lifetime event takes place on Friday, December 2, 2011.  For more details: http://WaltonsHomecoming40th.com.  Have you seen the TV commercials for the event airing on GMC (Gospel Music Channel)? 

production staff, event organizers and myself with Huddleston
Last Monday, I met up with actor David Huddleston and asked him a few questions about his role as Sheriff Ep Bridges in the TV movie The Homecoming.  Huddleston also appeared in The Waltons first season episode “The Literary Man” in which he plays the character A.J. Covington--a writer that passes through Walton’s Mountain offering John-Boy life lessons about how to become a writer. 

Huddleston and Wilson
Huddleston also spoke to me about his role as Santa in the 1985 theatrical release Santa Claus: The Movie and his cult status portraying Jeffrey Lebowski in the Coen Brothers’ classic film The Big Lebowski.  David is a generous and very humorous man.  I told him I was nervous speaking with him and he immediately put me at ease.  I look forward to seeing him again on Friday at the film screening and cast reunion.  Click here to re-visit my previous blog post about 1985’s Santa Claus: The Movie.

Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center
Tonight I’m going into The City to join the crowds at Rockefeller Center to watch the tree lighting ceremony.  Will you be watching it on TV?  NBC is hosting their annual live TV special, Christmas At Rockefeller Center, airing at 8pm (ET).  Musical guests include Justin Bieber, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Carole King, Katharine McPhee, Javier Colon and The Radio City Rockettes.  I know, right?

Click here for the link to NBC’s website about the TV special.

Manhattan is preparing for record-breaking crowds this evening because President Obama and the First Lady, his wife Michelle, are in town as well as Justin Bieber’s public appearance.  I’m excited to be a part of the Christmas chaos.

Today my recent radio interview with TV Confidential can be heard on the internet.  The interview is archived at http://TVConfidential.net  Check it out!

But my week here in New Jersey didn’t start off with such promise.  I flew into Newark airport very early Monday morning after having been up all night in order to catch my red-eye flight.  Before noon, I had locked myself out of my friend’s home where I had planned to stay!  I was without: any ID, my wallet, money, credit cards and my cell phone.  I was panicking.  I was unable to contact my friend and become reunited with my stuff for almost 24 hours--leaving me at the mercy of strangers for food, water and shelter--after having not slept the night before!  My problem solving skills were seriously compromised due to my lack of sleep.  I had appointments to keep and work commitments yet I was without any means to buy anything or call anyone!  I was also horribly embarrassed that I had made such a numb-skull mistake.

But I’m in a hotel now--where I can’t possibly get into that kind of trouble again and laughing about my misadventure.  I still can’t believe I made such a simple mistake that left me devastated for a whole day.  Luckily, there were very decent people that helped me when I needed it and what could have been even worse turned out fine in the end.  I’m eternally grateful to them.  I’m looking forward to Friday’s big event.

1970's The Out of Towners
Have you ever been out of town and found yourself in trouble?  Have you ever seen the 1970 Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis movie The Out of Towners?  At least I didn't chip a tooth or lose my shoes.


  1. I'm SOOOOO glad this is a "Premier" of the MOVIE!!!! When will it be on TV? PLEASE TELL!!!! You are SOOOO lucky to be there!! Please wish ALL of the cast that I grew up with them watching EVERY episode! I am now DVR'ing EVERY episode that is on TV and rewatching them all!! I get a LOT more out of it now as an adult than when I was their ages on the show! I would have been Elizabeth's age. The Walton's was ALWAYS my FAVORITE!!! EVERY week it was on I watched it!! My Dad used to travel out of town for work ALL week long, so WE got control of the TV!! To this day it is MY FAVORITE!!! Please tell them a fan from when they were on television back in the 70's I have been a life LONG fan!! I feel a part of their family! I SOOO wish I could be there! I have health problems, a neurological muscle disease called Stiff Person Syndrome, that prevents me from being able to travel at all, or else I would be there! I don't have PayPal, either, so I can't watch it online. I HATE when the ONLY way to pay is PayPal!!! Oh, how I envy you!!!! I will be there in spirit on Friday night!!
    I am a follower of your-GFC-lauriehere
    Again, please wish them ALL well! Richard Thomas and EVERYONE!!! John Boy, Mary Ellen, Erin, Ben, Jim Bob and Elizabeth!! Oh, and Ma! I just watched the episodes where the Sheriff gave John Boy writing advice!! I haven't YET written, but he has been an inspiration my entire life to write!!
    Oh, I envy you!!!!!!!
    What I would NOT to do to be able to come!!!!
    Again, I WILL be there in spirit!!!!
    I can't WAIT for it to be on TV!!!
    When? When? When???
    I'm DYING to know!!!!!!
    Goodnight everybody!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

  2. PS. I found you during the Blog Hop!!! Thank you for participating in it! Otherwise I never would have met you on your blog!! I'll be watching your blog to see what you post!!!!! Again, hello everybody!!!!!
    Goodnight Mary Ellen, Goodnight Erin, Goodnight Elizabeth, Goodnight Jim Bob, Goodnight Ben, Goodnight Jason, Goodnight John Boy!!!
    That has been going on in our family for YEARS!!! My kids just say "What?" We laugh!!!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

  3. Update: I didn't make it to the City last night. The trains and roads were shut down and you needed tickets to get anywhere near the event. We couldn't get in to the City and were afraid we'd never get back out! I watched it on TV instead. Maybe I'll try again next year?

  4. Sorry to hear about your initial troubles with getting locked out. But it's great that you got to meet David Huddleston,"The Big Lebowski" himself before the event.
    "The bums will always lose!"