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I recently watched the original, 1933 version of the film KING KONG. And whenever I now see that film, it brings back wonderful memories of a long weekend back in late May of 1998. I have mentioned this event a few times in the past on the Board, and posted the link below many years ago, but thought I would include it again for the benefit of any newcomers. There was a wonderful weekend in, of all places, Omaha, Nebraska back in 1998. There was a theater there (sadly torn down since that time to build a parking lot!) that had one of the very last huge Cinerama screens, and local impresario Bruce Crawford arranged a 65th anniversary tribute to, and screening of, the original KING KONG at the theater. Guests of honor for the event were Forrest J Ackerman, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen and writer Greg Bear. The original KING KONG is, of course, a film which the two Rays and Forry all loved. The sold-out screening of KING KONG was on a Saturday night. On the Friday night before, there was a ticketed event to raise funds for a local charitable organization that provided care for children in need, where fans could sit and and chat with the guests of honor for a few hours and which I was able to attend. Such great memories! Attached below is the link I previously mentioned, with some photos. The photo at the very bottom is my favorite: three childhood chums Forry, Ray B. and Ray H. all dressed up in their finest, hamming it up for the cameras, and obviously having a great time!

http://www.omahafilmevent.com/past/kong.htm

And here is a link to the poster created especially for the event:

http://www.omahafilmevent.com/past/commemart/Kong.jpg

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Wow, those guys all went to Omaha?
 
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Ray Bradbury told me later that he loved Omaha!
 
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