June 13th, 2008

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Happy birthday to...us!



It was one year ago today -- June 13, 2007 -- that I chose to join the thousands at LiveJournal by forming a community of my own...especially since there were many classic Hollywood buffs here. However, I noticed that while many stars had communities dedicated to them, one who didn't was my all-time favorite actress, Carole Lombard. I decided to right that wrong by forming one of my own, calling it "Carole & Co." Sounded catchy, I thought.

So I made my initial entry (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/287.html); it wasn't much, but at least it set out our objectives and goals. Nearly two hours later, I posted a few photos of Lombard, just to get things started (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/663.html).

The LJ bug (or, should I say, goat?) bit, and I put up a new post each day...and, I'm proud to say, there has been at least one entry at "Carole & Co." every day since, 366 consecutive days (remember, this was a leap year). There were a few days when I was away from a computer and couldn't post an entry, but thankfully you people did to keep this "streak" going, a la Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken Jr. (And unlike baseball, this has no off-season.)

The community has slowly, but steadily grown; as of this writing, we have 76 members, 77 people watching and 73 with posting access. There have been a total of 434 entries (virtually all of them accessible through our archive), 504 responses and well over 1,000 pictures or so (quite a few of them rare ones).

But we want this community to grow even more. My goal is to have 100 members by Monday, Oct. 6, the 100th anniversary of Lombard's birth. We have more than 3 1/2 months to get things done, so it's entirely possible. Please spread the word about "Carole & Co." to fellow classic film buffs.

Also, you're always encouraged to produce and contribute entries of your own here on Lombard, her life and times. This community is a two-way street, after all.

Again, thank you so much for your support; you keep this endeavor going, and growing. And in this centennial year of Carole's birth, we plan much more.

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