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Should auld acquaintance be forgot...

Posted by vp19 on 2010.12.31 at 00:59
Current mood: jubilantjubilant

It's hard to believe that within a matter of hours, 2010 will be in the past tense and we will have advanced to the year 2011. To honor the occasion, the photo above, showing Carole Lombard and James Stewart's characters preparing to ring in their new year (1939) in "Made For Each Other."

For me, this has been a year where much has happened -- a job-related move, surgery to improve my eyesight, and other challenges. I've come through it okay, and this blog is among the reasons why.

"Carole & Co.", now more than 3 1/2 years old, has been a labor of love from the outset: love for Carole Lombard as an actress and as a person, love for the classic Hollywood she inhabited, love for a special era in entertainment. Yes, we too often view the past through rose-colored glasses, glossing over the trials and tribulations people faced then; that's what nostalgia is all about. At the same time, we can appreciate what Lombard and others created, artistry that transcends time, work "beyond category," as Duke Ellington so elegantly put it.

At last count, "Carole & Co." has 186 members, and this is its 1,422nd entry (most, but not all, from me). Researching Lombard's life and times -- and, to repeat a slogan of mine just one more time, blending a historian's perspective with a fan's enthusiasm -- has been a joy; I have learned so much about Carole and the people she knew and worked with. And I'm so glad to have made friends with so many people in the blogosphere and classic Hollywood community.

My vow for 2011 is to "keep on keepin' on," continuing to bring you more about Carole and her contemporaries. Perhaps we collectively will uncover a "holy grail" or two, such as a film she made as a teen at Fox before her automobile accident. (It would also be fitting if a photo of Lombard and Jean Harlow together is discovered during the platinum blonde's centenary year!)

I wish you joy and prosperity during the upcoming year; your interaction is always appreciated, and if you can spread the word about "Carole & Co." to your classic film friends, I will be forever in your debt. (It would be a thrill to reach the 200-member level!)

If you're not going out tonight (and if you are, please drive safely and soberly -- we want you around for 2011!), a reminder that you can hear some great big band music, both from vintage-era recordings and the fine stylings of Barbara Rosene and her New Yorkers (live from the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C.), from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Eastern) over WAMU-FM, 88.5 in the metro area and at http://wamu.org/listen/ online. It will almost be like those New Year's Eve broadcasts of yore.


k4carole at 2011-01-01 01:30 (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! and thanks for all your effort in keeping this wonderful tribute to Carole, my favorite place to log onto everyday.
(Anonymous) at 2011-01-01 04:55 (UTC) (Link)

Happy NEw YEar Vince & Thank you!

Happy NEw Year to you & everyone here on Carole & Co.! Wishing you good Health & Happiness! Thanks for all your time & effort you put into this wonderful page, the great pics, stories, & info which is always welcome, since sometimes I do not know all about our gal Carole! Between this page & the DearMrGable.com page, which I visit often , I go back & forth at least 3-4x a week or more! :) I know so much about Carole AND Clark, it's a nice combo!! :)

Here's to more great pics, stories & articles for the coming year for Carole & Co.!! Best to you & yours Vincent.. See u on FB!! Jennifer aka username-"theprofaneangel"
diamondandruby at 2011-01-01 12:30 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

What a lovely New Year's post! Vince, you do such a wonderful job here on Carole & Co. that it's sometimes difficult to realize the huge amount of effort that goes into making your daily posts reality. I have appreciated each one of them! I've seen photos here of my favorite gal and others in her realm that, in my busy little world, would have eluded me. You and other regular contributors have added little tidbits of information that have shed light on who Carole Lombard was and what made her tick, which I find infinitely fascinating. Many, many thanks!

A healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and all the Carole & Co. folks!

(Anonymous) at 2011-01-01 15:03 (UTC) (Link)

Guy Lombardo

Too bad this wasn't full length...when he talked about playing the "great songs of 1957" I so wanted to hear the Royal Canadiens' rendition of "Jailhouse Rock" or "Peggy Sue" or even "Reet Peteet".

Paul Duca
totallyclassics at 2011-02-22 12:20 (UTC) (Link)
This is beautiful.
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