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Upcoming James Dean Events,
75th Anniversary of His Birth

Updated 31 January 2006   URL is

! David Lohr will host James Dean’s 75th birthday party on 4 February, 2006 at the Gallery.
Details: buffet starts at 6:00 p.m. INDIANA TIME, but come early to visit with everyone at the Gallery building, I-69 at Exit 59, Gas City.  The Gallery is behind Cracker Barrel restaurant.  Price is $10.00 per person, including buffet, soft drinks and a showing of the new documentary about James Dean Forever Young. See 

Sadly, the Gallery has lost its lease and will close soon after the birthday.  I know you heard it is closing, and then you heard he had secured more funding. Alas, it will be closing after all. 

So come to this peculiar “wake” and cheer David on, spend all day visiting with friends old and new at the Gallery, share laughter and tears with the fans of James Dean, who will live forever.

. See Lion  Jake Roth’s sale of Lions Club pins!!  Gaze in wonder at his  website,
These beautiful enameled pins are rare and extremely collectible.  Grab what you can, soonest!

A house James Dean once lived in in Fairmount, Indiana may be auctioned off on eBay  at the Fairmount Museum Days in late September 2005.  House is at 322 East Washington Street.  The Fairmount Historical Museum is at 203 East Washington Street.  If you are familiar with Fairmount, that will peg it for you.  Check it out on eBay or  contact  Jimmy Wainscott, a partner in the Indianapolis-based firm of Specialty Auction Services.

!. The new AMERICAN MASTERS film,James Dean: Sense Memories, premiered
May 11 at 9 pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings). This will be the 19th
season of the AMERICAN MASTERS series, and we are excited to start it
off with this unique film on such a legendary actor.

This one-hour documentary delves deeply into Dean’s three films, Giant,
East of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause.  Interviews include Actors
Martin Landau, Lois Smith, Eartha Kitt; Director Mark Rydell,
screenwriter Budd Schulberg and Dean Photographer Dennis Stock, and
Director George Stevens Jr.

 Please click here for my thoughts as I watched a preview of this wonderful, amazing film.

.  Here’s a fine link to another site featuring a motorcycle made just like the #130 Porsche
I LOST the link to read about a NASCAR car with Jimmy on it:  OK, I lost the email too.  HELP!

. Here’s a good events page for Dean events:  A strangeness I stumbled on while trying to fine the Dean Porsche-styled motorcycle link.  Sad, very sad.

James Dean, Sense Memories  on PBS May 11

Plan to tape the wonderful debut of American Masters this May 11 on PBS. From the beginning, you will feel transported to 1955, the last year of Dean’s life.  So many Dean books and TV shows have dwelled on unproven slurs and innuendo.  At last you can immerse yourself in a caring hour of sharing the delights of James Dean.  Never-before-seen photos and new comments from celebrities who knew James Dean will keep you at full attention.  Oddly, though, you will feel as if you are floating in a boat down a river, viewing that last year, knowing the ending but not dwelling on it with the usual horror.  This film wraps its arms around you and holds you close, saying “it’s all right.  We miss him as much as you do.”  This is an outstanding film exploration of a man who changed the world.


Auctions by the Bay will hold their monthly estate auction on Monday, June
6th at 10:00am starting with lot number 1001.  We will feature a James Dean
piece by the artist John Lagatto, lot number 1309.  For more information and
a description on the piece please visit us at, or
call us at 1-800-380-9822.  Thank you.

Nicole Acevedo


The Marfa Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Marfa GIANT Celebration on July 1-3.  It would be terrific if a bunch of us Deaners could get together for these events!  Cyril Viguier, a French filmmaker is making a documentary of Jimmy (with a European flair, of course) and he plans on bringing his film crew to Arkansas to film fans at the Ozark FilmFest. Unfortunately, he will be through with his film before the Marfa event.


The Ozark FilmFest program schedule for “The James Dean Era” is listed below:


                                                                                                                                            The James Dean Era


Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2005


Gem Community Theater, Heber Springs


2005 marks the 50th anniversary of James Dean.  To commemorate this occasion, Ozark Foothills FilmFest will be hosting a special series of screenings and activities at the Gem Community Theater examining and celebrating the James Dean Era.


Special guests: 


David Loehr, Founder and Curator of the James Dean Gallery Museum in Dean’s birthplace of Fairmount, Indiana.  Loehr will be bringing a number of items from the museum to display in the Gem Gallery.


David Dalton, founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine and author of the definitive Dean biography, James Dean: The Mutant King. Dalton is currently at work on a book about Elvis, collaborating with Priscilla and Lisa Marie.  The book will focus on the family’s perspective on Elvis= life, legend, and legacy.


Lance Stell, actor and filmmaker.  Stell, a native of Crossett, now lives in California.  His award-winning short film, Dean: Reel to Reel recounts Dean’s relationship and eventual break-up with actress Pier Angeli. Stell plays Dean in the film.


Pam Crawford, editor DeanZine, the official Dean fan club publication.  Crawford lives in Little Rock and is actively involved in promoting the James Dean Era programs nationally.


Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore.  Moore is a writer and musician, Lancaster a filmmaker and musician.  Together they have created several memorable and highly praised multi-media programs, The Orphan Train and Gospel, Biscuits and Gravy.  They will premiere their newest piece, Miniature Graceland, on Saturday evening, April 9. This dynamic combination of film, music, and literature provides a tongue-in-cheek look at the way America honors its celebrities.




Friday 6:00 – 7:30.  Gem Gallery and Jitterbug Café.  Opening reception and display of items from the Dean Gallery. Gallery exhibit will be reinforced by large-screen television with Dean clips and period elements (TV commercials, movie trailers, etc). Free.


Friday 7:30.  Gem Screening Room.  Dean on Screen. Seldom seen television dramas starring Dean, including I’m a Fool, co-starring Natalie Wood.  Discussion by Loehr and Dalton. $4/$3.


Saturday 1:00-3:00.  Gem Screening Room.  Dean on Screen. More television dramas and a collection of rare Dean items, including the actor’s appearance on Beat the Clock, his 1951 Pepsi commercial, and his 1955 Highway Safety Commercial.  Screening of Dean: Reel to Reel and discussion by filmmaker. $4/$3.


Saturday 3:00 – 6:00.  Gem Gallery. Book signing, display of items from the Dean Gallery, and discussion (featuring all four Dean guests) on Dean’s importance, fifty years after his death. Free.


Saturday, 8:00 p.m.  MiniatureGraceland. Multi-media performance. Followed by comments from David Dalton and Alison Moore on James Dean and Elvis.  $6/5. 


In the Jitterbug.  The Jitterbug Coffeehouse will be playing Rockabilly and Doo Wop music from the Dean era all weekend from two CDs especially created by the Dean gallery.




A wonderful place to stay during the Ozark Foothills FilmFest (in Heber Springs, Arkansas) is the famous Red Apple Inn.  The Red Apple Inn is offering FilmFest visitors a very special rate of $75 a night — but you have to ask for the FilmFest package when you call!  The Red Apple’s web site is

6.  I await news from California about their 2005 September 30th events. 

Link to pictures of David Loehr’s James Dean Gallery and Museum: 

Link to the Fan Club:  James Dean Remembered, International, fan club,

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