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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: December 23rd, 2012

The annual tradition of 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” — the iconic 1982 movie about Ralphie and his Chicago family — begins Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. on WTBS. It has a spot in our family tradition because my oldest son Howie was nicknamed Ralphie by my wonderful neighbors — the Wood family.

Howie, born in 1986, loved the movie. He’s on the road today — coming home from Virginia, so he is on my mind. When he had to get glasses in 1989 as a tot, red was the only selection he would consider for eyewear “because they looked like Ralphie’s.” Howie had some severe eye-crossing that was later corrected by surgery, but he managed those glasses and sports glasses like a trooper. This picture of him with my daughter, Kelly, still hangs on our refrigerator. My youngest son, Ryan, is not in this picture because he wasn’t born yet.

CBS Sunday Morning had a great piece on “A Christmas Story” this morning.  Here’s the link. The tale written by Jean Shepherd, is a part of Americana. Terrific 41-year-old Peter Billingsley — who played Ralphie — has produced it as a Broadway musical. Here are some fun facts about the movie:

  1. It never hit the bigtime until it hit cable.
  2. It was added to the Library of Congress this year.
  3. The original home in Cleveland sold on eBay in 2004 for $150,000 to Brian Jones who restored it to as a museum complete with props from the film. Read more here. He even gets into the cupboard under the sink.
  4. Jean Shepherd voiced and wrote two sequels, says Mentalfloss.com:  a 1988 TV movie, “Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss” with a 14-year-old Ralphie, played by Jerry O’Connell and My Summer Story, or “It Runs in the Family,” a 1994 flick starring Kieran Culkin, brother of Macaulay, as Ralphie.
  5. More from Mentalfloss.com: Jack Nicholson was supposedly interested in playing Ralphie’s dad. The late Darren McGavin got the nod. I cannot imagine Nicholson in the role.
  6. You can buy the leg lamp in dozens of different sizes. Homeowners on West Gore Road and Clinton Street in Millcreek have one prominently displayed in their window.
  7. Jean Shepherd’s crazy stories first appeared in Playboy magazine.

The WTBS tradition of 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” dates back to 1997. I wrap presents to it every year. Here’s to all the Raphies out there.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: March 30th, 2012

It’s Fashion Friday, but I had to tell everyone about something that goes way beyond fashion. Esurance brought it to my attention that Mary Anderson patented the windshield wiper in 1903. So, to close out March and Women’s History Month, here’s a salute to women and  Esurance’s research into female automotive pioneers:

  • Alice Huyler Ramsey is the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. She drove 3,600 miles across the country and was her own mechanic.
  • Silent film star Florence Lawrence (who grew up in Buffalo, New York) invented  turn signals and brake lights.
  • On New Year’s Day 1915, Wilma K. Russey became the first female New York City taxi driver.
  • In 1943, Helene Rother became the first female automotive designer. A successful career as a French jewelry designer landed her a job with General Motors to craft elegant interior designs.

Esurance pointed out that women didn’t have the right to vote when the first vehicles rolled off the assembly line, but we were ready to improve them. For more great fun, visit the Esurance blog. It’s some great stuff on women and cars. Special thanks to Anne May Navarrete of Esurance for letting me know all this great stuff. And to Kate Rezucha for researching and sharing.

Something else I learned this month on CBS “Sunday Morning”:  Actress diva Hedy Lamarr had a role in creating wireless phones, torpedo launchers and much more . She even has a patent. Yes THAT Hedy Lamarr. Check out her story.

Take a few minutes to salute all the women who paved the way for the rest of us.


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