A Christmas Story
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.
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."
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.
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.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This tale was first told in this space in December, 1981, and has been retold every year since.
Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 …
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.
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.
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…
1994 A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
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.
My Grandad could drink, smoke and swear like a sailor -- probably because from 1942-1945 he was one.
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.
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