I was planning to post this message yesterday, but I got a bit overwhelmed, and had to stop for a moment to think about the past three days and why they were important to me. I've been grinning all weekend. What a fantastic turnout!
Thank you to everyone for your wonderful contributions. I know that many of you were so busy that you could barely participate. I am grateful that you not only joined in, but did so with enthusiasm and creativity.
When it first occurred to me how strongly I felt about promoting Mary Pickford and her legacy, I assumed the event would be a hard sell. And it was. Even among people with classic movie blogs, she doesn't get much attention.
I'm one of those people. Before this event, I'd posted one thing about Pickford, in 2009. It was a classic quote:
If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
I've certainly fixed that problem! I'll revisit Mary in the future as well. There's so much more to learn.
I'm saddened by the events that inspired me to put on this event. I can accept that the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio is gone, but the cultural insensitivity that led to its destruction is much more difficult to stomach. It didn't surprise me, and I think that is the most frustrating thing of all.
It also really makes me sad to see what has happened to the Mary Pickford Institute. Cutting off the funding to this group is like ripping the blooms off an orchid. Promoting cultural literacy is difficult work and anyone who is willing and able to take on that task needs all the support they can get.
Without cultural literacy, we live in a dying garden. The past that built us also nourishes us; it keeps us from living in an empty bubble. Understanding where we came from gives us the perspective we need to make the best future. I think we are all aware of that. It's the "how" that's tricky, but I don't believe it's impossible.
Mary Pickford can be as simple as 67 minutes of entertainment, but she stands for a lot more than that. She created the template for some of the most important elements of our culture. I honor her for that and I'm delighted that you all have as well.
Thank you for your posts, comments and love for Mary!
The winner of the Sweet Memories book giveaway is Helen of Commentary Track, which is appropriate, because she submitted the first entry for the blogathon! Send your mailing address to me at classicmovieblog (at) gmail.com, to get your fabulous prize Helen!