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.
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.
Our family is thankful for how quickly my dad has been on the mend after his total knee replacement surgery last week.
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My Grandad could drink, smoke and swear like a sailor -- probably because from 1942-1945 he was one.
About 70 entrants got piggy for the holidays Saturday at the Indiana Welcome Center, imitating the famous Mommy's Little Piggy scene in the yule-tide comedy "A Christmas Story."
Ron Jaki, left, and his son, Adam Jaki, of Gary, pose for a photograph with Santa during Saturday's A Tribute to "A Christmas Story" in downtown Hammond.
Kaman Elston, 4, waits with his family to cross the street during A Tribute to "A Christmas Story" in downtown Hammond.
Jacob Bell, 8, dressed as Ralphie, poses for a photograph on a firetruck during A Tribute to "A Christmas Story" in downtown Hammond earlier this month. The promotion is one of many in the area seeking to draw shoppers to local stores.
HAMMOND | As part of the annual ‘A Christmas Story’ Comes Home exhibit, 36 local businesses, non-profits and civic organizations will decorate Christmas trees for viewing at the Indiana Welcome Center.
Participants of the Parker family look-a-like contest from 2011.
HAMMOND | The South Shore CVA is pleased to report that our "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center is less than 700 visitors away from breaking our past attendance records, and just short of our 2nd highest gift shop sales record.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This tale was first told in this space in December, 1981.
HAMMOND | On the word "go," 6-year-old Tessa Rodriguez's head shot down as she used her mouth to snap up the plate of mashed potatoes. But while eating, a hiccup put some of the food in her mouth back on the plate. That didn't matter to Tessa.
People shop Saturday for memorabilia from "A Christmas Story." The Downtown Hammond Council presented the Hammond Holiday Kick-off Celebration, including a tribute to the film, along Hohman Avenue.
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