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A project to revive and rebuild the longest running sitcom in TV history, The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet.

THE ADVENTURE HAS JUST BEGUN!!!!THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PARTICIPATED THUS FAR~BUT THE JOURNEY ISN'T OVER YET!!!

55K Is Our Holy Grail Goal!!!!

 We have met our prelim goal in record time, our foot is in the door, but in order to complete the definitive collection, we are hoping to get as close to the $55,ooo mark as possible. The closer we get, the more encompassing it will all be. So continue to spread the word to those you think would be interested in participating in any way, and let's keep up the momentum!!!!

Again, your support has been incredible and I am honored to have you all be a part of it!!!

~Sam

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Hello everyone, 

My name is Sam Nelson, and I am interested in making history WITH YOU, through a project to revitalize my grandparents classic television show, The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet

About six months ago, after the passing of my uncle David Nelson, I was granted access to the family archives which haven't been opened for 45 years.  Since then, I have accumulated 100's of hours of film from the vaults and from individuals including actors, musicians, producers, and others closely involved with the show.  These interviews and footage give an important never before seen historic snapshot of the iconography of Ozzie and Harriet, and its cultural impact on American society as it defined an era. 

In addition to this material, the next step, and the goal of my Kickstarter project, is to restore the actual footage, as well as document modern day input and perspectives from the fans themselves, old and new alike who participate in that process. To do this, I am asking for help in funding the actual transferring and digitizing of original film for all 435 episodes. The result would be two fold. In addition to giving people a first hand opportunity to participate in preserving a piece of American history, my hope is to make contact with those contributors (or relatives of those contributors), to get present day perspectives on how my family has impacted theirs/(yours), and to learn how the The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet became an American classic.

Ultimately, the accumulated footage together will be produced into a documentary that will encompass the journey of restoring and revitalizing the show from the musty vaults, all the way back to broadcast and a mainstream audience. Aside from the show's historical and cultural significance, and the exciting possibility that the success of this Kickstarter project could help bringOzzie and Harriet  back to life for a whole new era, my hope is that it also helps me achieve a better understanding of my family's effect on the country, get closer to the people they touched, and help me learn a little bit more about myself in the process. 

In addition to an unprecedented run of 14 years in national syndication (October 3, 1952 to September 3, 1966), the show also helped launch the career of Rock'n Roll hall of famer Ricky "Rick" Nelson, performing his hit songs at the end of every episode each week, and bringing rock n' roll into the living rooms of mainstream America. 

With a total of 435 episodes produced, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, considered a flagship for all other prime time family shows, certifies still as the longest running live action sitcom in the history of television. 

So come join us and let's make history together!

Thank you everyone and Kickstarter for your support and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome to our Facebook family@ www.facebook.com/ozzie.harriet

Follow us on Twitter@ http://twitter.com/#!/OzzienHarriet

FAQ

  • Absolutely, yes. In fact, we encourage it. The more people that sponsor any particular episode, the more opportunity there is to document all the fantastic personal stories and memories associated with the episode.

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  • We will have more info once its more organized. Although, we promise to make it as memorable an experience for those who are able to attend as it will be for the family.

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  • No. Only you and the project creator will be able to see your pledge amount.

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  • Yes. We have done our best to make the rewards we are offering as special and exclusive as possible. That said, mostly everything is from the vaults making them original, limited, and one of a kind. So, as mentioned in the Kickstarter video, all rewards are limited and are based on availability.

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  • Just ask: samhio98@gmail.com

    Sam will get back to you personally, as long as you aren't rude:).

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  • It depends on your reward. For rewards not needing any sort of production, you can expect to receive them most likely immediately. Other items will get to you as we complete them...hot off the presses!!!

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  • Yes, it really is all or nothing. If we don't achieve our goal of at least ($10k) within the 45 day time frame, we will receive nothing.

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  • Yes, An added advantage to Kickstarter is their merchant partner Amazon.com, which enables each project the convenience of receiving funds from anywhere in the world.

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  • NO! Our stated goal here on Kickstarter is 10k but in order to truly get Ozzie and Harriet back up and running, our sum total is $56,550. There is 45 years of catching up to do, and alot of ground work to cover, so the more donations we receive, the better. Literally, every bit helps, and we can't thank you enough for your donation, however much it is!

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  • YES! We simply can't do it without you, and we want to celebrate that fact. The more you help, the more we can get the story out there that people like you went above and beyond to be a part of the journey, and now a part of history, to revitalize Ozzie and Harriet.

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  • Well, if there is a mix of rewards you would rather have as opposed to what's listed on the right, you can negotiate your reward. As long as its relative to your donation and still available, its all negotiable. Just Contact: samhio98@gmail.com

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  • Of course. You can donate as many times as you'd like!

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    Help us select the very first official O/H T-Shirt Design in history!!! Watch the mini video, donate, and email us your choice. The design with the most votes will be the first Ozzie and Harriet T-shirt in history! MINI VID: http://youtu.be/xx_6pOQtq7Q

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    1. A commorative one of a kind limited edition Ozzie and Harriet T-shirt. 2.Your name included in the liner notes of the completed DVD package. 3. Family endorsed copy of (5) newly digitized family endorsed Ozzie and Harriet episodes (includes new unreleased, never before seen bonus material and commercials). 4. A highlight "thank you" video featuring your name to be posted on the Official Ozzie and Harriet Website and Youtube page permanently.

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    1. A commemorative one of a kind limited edition Ozzie and Harriet T-shirt. 2. A copy of an original Ozzie Nelson illustration from his days at Rutgers. 2 .Your name included in the liner notes of the completed DVD package. 2. Family endorsed copy of (25) newly digitized family endorsed Ozzie and Harriet episodes (includes new unreleased, never before seen bonus material and commercials).2. A highlight "thank you" video featuring your name to be posted on the Official Ozzie and Harriet Website and Youtube page permanently.

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    SPONSOR AN EDISODE: For only $130.00 choose your favorite episode and be its sponsor. REWARDS: 1. Your name and any highlighted episode/s you choose "with a personalized quote" from you, in a separate booklet and/or bonus DVD included in the completed DVD package set. 2.Family endorsed copy of the complete 1st season/30+ episodes (when completed), includes new unreleased, never before seen bonus material and commercials. 3. Family signed Ricky Nelson Greatest Hits CD.

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    SPONSOR A SEASON: REWARDS: 1. An invitation to the Smithsonian Induction 2. A full collection of the family endorsed complete 435 episode digitized collection signed by the family (when Its complete). 3. A personalized limited edition commemorative thank you plaque containing an original 35MM frame of the show. 4. A video interview of you to either be included in the " making of" documentary or included in the complete DVD series as a bonus feature 5. An original 16mm episode (film reel) of Ozzie and Harriet with spine notes by David Nelson 6. Family signed copy of Ricky Nelson's gold selling "Ricky Nelson Sings" DVD.

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