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!!!
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.
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