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A Christmas Story

Statue of Flick's Lick from 'A Christmas Story' may get company

Statue of Flick's Lick from 'A Christmas Story' may get company

The bronze statue of Flick from "A Christmas Story" getting his tongue "stuck, stuck, STUUUCK" to a flagpole outside the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond turned out to be a big hit that made international headlines.

January 16, 2014 3:45 pm
Bankers get in the spirit of the season

Bankers get in the spirit of the season

December 26, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: 'A Christmas Story' celebration should spread

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority does a remarkable job every Christmas of bringing visitors to the Indiana Welcome Center to celebrate the classic movie, "A Christmas Story."

December 25, 2013 12:00 am
Shepherd documentary to be narrated in radio host's own voice

Shepherd documentary to be narrated in radio host's own voice

Hammond native Nick Mantis knew little about humorist and radio legend Jean Shepherd until after the city hired him five years ago to produce a short tribute that commemorated the 25th anniversary of "A Christmas Story," Shep's best known and most enduring work.

December 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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LARRY DeBOER: The assessor is coming to town

LARRY DeBOER: The assessor is coming to town

The holidays are here, and that means we get to watch the great holiday movie, "A Christmas Story." Then we get to watch it again. And again.

December 24, 2013 12:00 am

Local version of the Christmas story offers hope for peace

EDITOR’S NOTE: This tale was first told in this space in December, 1981, and has been retold every year since.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am
Visitor climbs aboard Polar Express

Visitor climbs aboard Polar Express

December 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Join us tonight for free program saluting Betsy Palmer

OFFBEAT: Join us tonight for free program saluting Betsy Palmer

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 19, 2013 12:00 am
Jean Shepherd has 'new' book out

Jean Shepherd has 'new' book out

HAMMOND | Jean Shepherd recently published a new book more than a decade after his death, and it was not a newly discovered manuscript that had been squirreled away deep in some desk drawer.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am Related
'A Christmas Story' extra recalls Hammond's Shepherd on set

'A Christmas Story' extra recalls Hammond's Shepherd on set

CLEVELAND | South sider Jim Moralevitz thought he made it pretty big when his polka band, The Music Jesters, was making good money playing at weddings and bowling alleys.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am
'A Christmas Story' draws visitors to NWI, but Cleveland throws bigger bash

'A Christmas Story' draws visitors to NWI, but Cleveland throws bigger bash

CLEVELAND | The line to see the house where much of "A Christmas Story" was filmed didn't stretch all the way back to Terre Haute, but it did extend down a block of clapboard working-class homes that stood in on the silver screen for the bygone Hammond where Jean Shepherd grew up.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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2013 Hammond Christmas Festival Cookie Contest Winners and Judges

2013 Hammond Christmas Festival Cookie Contest Winners and Judges

Cookie contest winners and judges Tammy Trevino (left to right) and Carol Skirmont of Hammond, Patty Grigutis of Lansing, Chef Terry Zych, Nora Kopaczewski of Hammond and newspaper columnists Joan Dittmann (back) and Eloise Valadez gather under the fringed shade of a giant "Leg Lamp" in homa…

December 11, 2013 12:00 am
Contestants show 'how the piggies eat'

Contestants show 'how the piggies eat'

Ian Petrella, center, monitors the progress of mashed potato eaters Saturday at the Indiana Welcome Center during the Mommy's Little Piggy mashed potato eating contest. Contestants in four age categories competed for prizes as part of "A Christmas Story" Comes Home holiday activities at the …

December 07, 2013 4:45 pm
Contestants show 'how the piggies eat'

Contestants show 'how the piggies eat'

Gena Crockett, of Michigan, competes in the adult category of the Mommy's Little Piggy mashed potato eating contest Saturday at the Indiana Welcome Center while her grandson Ayden Davis, 2, sits on her lap. Sarah Winters, of Hobart, won first place in the adult division.

December 07, 2013 4:45 pm
Contestants show 'how the piggies eat'

Contestants show 'how the piggies eat'

HAMMOND | Just moments after polishing off a pile of mashed potatoes in 23 seconds without use of his hands, Hammond resident John Tomczak opted for a final lick of his plate.

December 07, 2013 4:45 pm Photos

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John Cain: Executive Director/Top Performer Building South Shore Arts for Two Decades

John Cain: Executive Director/Top Performer Building South Shore Arts for Two Decades

Today, hundreds of people will gather at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana, to hear a baldish twinkly-eyed, fifty-ish fellow with round wire glasses, read stories related one way or another, to Christmas. Over the years, he’s read a half dozen Truman Capote storie…

November 20, 2013 6:11 pm Photos

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SOUTH SHORE ARTS' CHRISTMAS READINGS THROUGH THE AGES

SOUTH SHORE ARTS' CHRISTMAS READINGS THROUGH THE AGES

1994 A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

November 18, 2013 6:32 pm Photos

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Bring in your Ugly Lamps to win a “Major Award”

HAMMOND | Enter to win a leg lamp from the holiday movie classic “A Christmas Story.” Entries for the Ugly Lamp Contest will be accepted  through Nov. 20 at the Indiana Welcome Center. Lamps can be dropped off during normal business hours Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

November 13, 2013 3:40 pm
MARC CHASE: Celebrating perfectly imperfect heroes

MARC CHASE: Celebrating perfectly imperfect heroes

My Grandad could drink, smoke and swear like a sailor -- probably because from 1942-1945 he was one.

November 12, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Welcome Center display is window to a dream

Welcome Center display is window to a dream

HAMMOND | “Let’s do this!” exclaimed Rich AmRhein, of Valparaiso, as he helped pull down the curtains covering a new window scene for “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center on Thursday.

November 07, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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