Mayday! Mayday! Several awesome vintage culture institutions are in need of our support, so please heed their call, and do what you can to ensure they are around for generations to come . . .
One of my favorite places to visit in NYC, The City Reliquary, which i've previously blogged about here, is in desperate need of both visitors and members. So, if you're in Brooklyn, stop by and let your mind be dazzled by their wonderful collections of NY-centric knickknacks and ephemera. They also currently have a display of a museum member's life-time collection of unicorns!
Over in L.A., the Cinefamily, who have taken over the historic and beloved Silent Movie Theatre, are hosting silent Wednesdays, and as they are renting original prints of these very rare films, they need to make sure attendance is high, so they can afford to keep up the tradition. So all you old timey babies better show up tomorrow to see Olive Thomas Charleston-ing her way through the 1920 flicker, The Flapper!
And click HERE to sign a petition that could help save New York City's historic Tin Pan Alley from real estate developers. This is a cause that is especially dear to my heart, as a relative of mine, composer Harry Ruby (writer of Who's Sorry Now?, I Wanna be Loved by You, and most Marx Bros. tunes), began his career on this very street.
On a sad note, Erich Segal has passed on to author's heaven. In 1970, he penned the weepy novel, Love Story, which later spawned a film starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw, yet was most famous for bestowing upon us the world's cheesiest break-up line . . . "Love means never having to say you're sorry".
I'd also like to bid adieu to my sister's kooky ex-neighbor Zelda Rubenstein, who was also a great actress in films such as Poltergeist and Sixteen Candles.This is how I picture Zelda walking "into the light" . . .