Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Christmas Story Moment "Stuck" In History


Stuck? Stuck?! STUCK! STUCK!  Come back! Don't leave me, come back!
           Who doesn't remember the iconic scene from the movie A Christmas Story where Flick, while surrounded by his instigating school pals in the school yard at Warren G. Harding Elementary School, got his tongue stuck to a pole. In my opinion, its one of the best scenes in the movie.

          Apparently I'm not the only one that thinks its a classic. The small town of Hammond, Indiana where the movie was filmed and where the incident took place felt it needed a permanent reminder of the classic.

          In 2013, on the films 30th anniversary a bronze statue was erected capturing the moment perfectly.  The statue was brought to its new home in a shipping crate appropriately marked with "Fragile" just like Ralphie's fathers "major award", the famous Leg Lamp. A grand Celebration was had and who better to debut the statue was none other than A Christmas Story's own Flick, also know as actor Scott Schwartz.

Scott Schwartz having fun with the statue
          The statue sits in front of the Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana just off Interstate 80-94.  Travelers are encouraged to visit, but might not want to try and re-enact the famous scene because this flag pole is made of metal and you could very well get your tongue stuck if you try.

          So...take a night this holiday season and watch A Christmas Story, or if you're feeling adventurous, take a trip to visit the now famous landmark.

         I triple dog dare you...


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