James Dean Festival, Fairmount IN, September 2000

James Dean Festival, Fairmount IN, September 2000

     Updated 20 February 2001       URL is http://our.tentativetimes.net/2ksept/index.html

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Highlights of the 2000 James Dean Festival

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CBS aired their film of the 2000 James Dean Festival with parade Grand Marshall Phil Jones on Sunday morning, October 17. You can read the text on this CBS webpage

Armando Cantu filmed the events while his soundman, Steve Azzato captured the sound. The sound man for the Memorial Service was Stan Nazimec. (According to my husband’s handwriting.) Thank these CBS employees for filming all weekend. It’s a gruelling job to haul around all that equipment and still find the right camera angles and subjects. You must have to train like an athlete and stretch like contortionists. And they missed the Olympics for James Dean.

Here you see Phil Jones and fan club president Magdalin Leonardo during the lookalike contest judging. Phil is a Fairmount native too, and reminded me that there is a fourth Fairmount celebrity now, (besides Jim Davis,) Bob Sheets of the National Hurricaine Center is Fairmount High Class of ’55. Thank you, Parade Grand Marshall Phil Jones!

The festival this year was a blockbuster, with celebrities and fans galore. Since this is Deaners e-zine, I covered only the Dean events and the Cluster Buster’s car show this year. As each page comes on line, you will find the link here, so bookmark this page. Coming soon:

  • Pamela Des Barres screenplay about Toni Lee Scott and James Dean, at David Loehr’s Fairmount Dinner Theatre. Page on-line 2-20-2001
  • David Loehr’s annual Thursday Open House. Now on-line

  • Anthony Michael Hall and the new Dean movie, James Dean, American Legend, based on Jimmy’s diaries and approved by Marcus Winslow. Now on-line.

  • Anthony Michael Hall and fans at the Car Show Now on-line.

  • The first ever children’s lookalike contest     This page is made!!

  • The traditional lookalike contest with winner Mark Gruetzman and runner-up Joe Schulte. Now on-line.

  • The Memorial Service of September 30, 2000. Kip Brown, Pamela DesBarres and Toni Lee Scott came for the Memorial Service. Now on-line.

  • At Park Cemetery 9-30-2000 Now on-line.
  • More flowers and fans on 9-30-2000 Now on-line.
  • The headstone on 9-30-2000, large photos. Now on-line.
  • The 2000 Rock Lasso contest with Texas Bob Hinkle. Now on-line

  • Dance contest. Not made yet.

  • Car Show, Mercury Corral and some of the winners. Not made yet.

  • Car Show Jackets. Not made yet.

  • Lots of new CMG-authorized James Dean clothes for you to buy, from Scott Purdy and Brian Hatton. Not made yet.

  • Pictures of your old friends and new, from all over North America and beyond. Yes, Naomi did make it, and Lisa from Toronto, but not Kazu or Neil Douglas, Bob Rees or the Motts, alas. Pages not made yet

Lyndon Biegas from Shelbyville, Tennessee, won the Junior Lookalike Contest. For the past four years, he competed in the adult contest. This was his year. The rest of the contestants are on site here now! Click on this underlined link: The junior lookalike contest



This year’s lookalike winner is Mark Gruetzman from Minnesota, who won last year. I’ll add his URL when I find it. But this year there was a tie, and the audience had to decide the winner, by applause. The runner-up is Joe Schulte of Tennessee, as Jett Rink.

Anthony Michael Hall in person, all weekend, always cheerful and accomodating, breaking every stereotype of the Hollywood star. Perfection in manners, temperament and taste in movie stars to admire. Thank you, Mr. Hall, for coming to Fairmount, and for narrating the new movie, James Dean American Legend

Dance contest winners. More photos in October.

Here I am with Bob Hinkle at the Rock Lasso Contest. I’d like to thank my husband William for taking this picture, but….

Up this page goes so you won’t think I’ve lost my film. The pages will be a bit slower this year, since our granddaughter has her first birthday in early October, so keep checking back

The next page I plan to do is Toni Lee Scott’s 18 months with James Dean, screenplay by Pamela Des Barres. For now, keep the memories alive.

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