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The 1997 James Dean Festival
We've seen blue skies,
through the tears in our eyes,
and we realize
we're coming home.
Lyrics from Rocky Horror Picture Show
The 1997 Festival was a homecoming for Dean fans, unlike any other celebration.
If you landed here by mistake, here's a link to the contents of Otto's Dean pages.
There is a credit line for the jacket above, below.
Rockabilly Gigs around this area (midwest)
On this page:
The 1997 James Dean September Festival in Fairmount, page one
Friends new and old: Naomi Yamada from Osaka, Nikky Bazooka and Dean Archivist David Loehr.
The Gallery is open every day of the year, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Indiana time. The phone there is 765-948-3326; the fax is 765-948-3389. To find it, turn onto Main Street heading into town, (at the traffic light out on highway 26, which runs off I-69.) Go 'til you see the huge white house with the sign, on your right. It is at 425 Main Street. Oh, and the zip code for Fairmount is 46928 if you want to write.
They have their own website now.
Read some of what Kenneth told us at the Memorial Service. Read more about Kenneth Kendall on this site. He is the sculptor who created the head of James Dean on the monument at the Griffith Observatory. At the festival, he presides over the Kenneth Kendall Room in the Gallery with witty stories and poignant memories.
Most of the weekend found the gracious artist on the front porch, signing his new postcard and visiting with everyone who stopped by. We learned much Hollywood lore and chuckled at Hollywood legends.
Many Kendall paintings sell at the Gallery as large postcards. See paintings by Kenneth Kendall in a separate section.
Scott Imfelt of Rochester, New York, had practiced for two years and it paid off, for he won the Rock Lasso Contest. He's the golden god with his head on the display case in the photo above. His friends are Craig Kester, Heath from the Gallery, and John Garces.
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Enjoy the whole story of Robert Hinkle here! I'll link you back to this spot. I promise.
You can also read coverage of her funeral on another page on this site.
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The 1997 Memorial Service has its own set of pages.
Brenda Graham was only one of many fans hugging George, back at the Gallery. I'm sure his fame is a burden to him, but we wouldn't give him a moment's peace. We look forward to greeting him again next year.
This was my first chance to meet George Barris. What a great legend! His family was with him, handling the many books and the beautiful tee-shirts, as George signed autographs and reminisced with his endless army of fans. You can buy his books and tees, and more importantly learn more about George Barris on his website. I think it's a new site.
I had thought I had had a happy life, just enjoying the look of custom cars, until I met George and learned how little I know. Now I have a whole new world of details to bring you, which you are free to correct me on. Thanks for bearing with me in my ignorance.
Please go now to page two of this new coverage.
Credit for the James Dean button goes to Marv's Oldies.
The Rebel Without a Cause jacket pictured at top of page is one of many works by artist James Byron Dean (his legal name) whom you can contatct at 10 Surrey Lane, Lewiston, Maine, 04240-5252.
Contents of my whole Dean Site
Please visit page two of this new coverage.
Contents of DEANERS magazine .
Here's the link to the Outrageous Index for Otto.
Here's Otto's Cover
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