'Triple Dog Dare' on permanent display

2013-10-26T18:15:00Z 2013-10-26T19:08:15Z 'Triple Dog Dare' on permanent displayLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 26, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Flick getting his tongue stuck on a flag pole during a typical winter in Northwest Indiana has become a piece of cinematic history, thanks to the classic Warner Bros. film “A Christmas Story."

The holiday classic is based on the writings of Hammond native Jean Shepherd.

On Tuesday, a bronze statue of Flick from that famous “Triple Dog Dare” scene will be unveiled in front of the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive during a news conference.

The statue will be on permanent display on one of the Indiana Welcome Center’s flag poles.

Scott Schwartz, the actor who played Flick in the movie, will join Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, for the ceremony that honors two special anniversaries.

“The South Shore CVA wanted to do something special for our 30th anniversary, as well as the 30th anniversary of the holiday classic ‘A Christmas Story,’” said Batistatos of the statue commissioned by the SSCVA in January.

“‘Mr. Show Business’ himself, Bill Wellman, brought the idea to an executive board meeting. He asked if any of us had been to Valpo to see the statue of Orville Redenbacher. None of us had. He said people were always taking photographs with the statue,” Batistatos said.

“We decided to make the investment in a statue of Flick. This statue will be even more photographed,” he said.

The Flick statue was created, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, by Timeless Creations — The Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. This studio created the Orville Redenbacher statue in Valparaiso, as well as Michael Jordan, Frank Thomas and Harry Carey in Chicago.

Six animated scenes from the movie, purchased from Macy’s Department Store in New York City in 2008, will again be integral to the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center that opens Nov. 9 and runs through Jan. 5.

The displays include Higbee's Department Store Window, Flick's Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It's a Major Award, Santa's Mountain at Higbee's, The Bumpus Hounds and the Parker Living Room. In 2011, the staff of the SSCVA built a downtown façade where the scenes are displayed.

The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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