June 13, 2007 wasn't a particularly eventful day as far as the world goes, but it means a lot to me. That's because that day, I decided to begin a LiveJournal community dedicated to my favorite actress, Carole Lombard, and called it "Carole & Co."
To be honest, I didn't know where it would leave me, or what kind of reaction it would receive; I merely thought it would be something fun to do, particularly since I had seen many blogs dedicated to the golden age of Hollywood. I believed I could do something in that vein, with a special focus on Lombard.
Well, "Carole & Co." grew...and grew...and grew. By month's end, I was doing detailed entries on elements of Lombard's life and career -- and getting good reaction from people who discovered the site. I continued with that approach, trying to give people a feel for the film industry in Carole's time, while also providing an array of images to complement the words.
Today marks the 1,000th day since June 13, 2007, and "Carole & Co." is bigger, and better, than ever. We have 143 members, an all-time high (which makes me think of that song by Rita Coolidge, my favorite James Bond theme), and more than 1,100 entries have been recorded.
To those of you who are fairly new to "Carole & Co.", I cordially invite you to check out our archive dating back to those initial entries. You'll find plenty of information about Lombard, her life and times, and people she knew and worked with.
If things keep going, day 2,000 should be sometime near the end of 2012. Keep your fingers crossed (and keep contributing, too).