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Dedication of the Fairmount James Dean Park

Pictures and captions by Cleve Porter
Cleve at statue

Cover of program

Cleve Porter has been kind enough to share his best photos from his trip to Fairmount for the 1995 dedication of the park on Main Street. Deaners e-zine is grateful for the chance to bring this historic dedication to you. Here is what Cleve saved....

program, page 2

program page 3

program page 4

Back Creek Friends Meeting The memorial service took place in Back Creek Friends Meeting as it does every year on September 30. Here's artist and sculptor Kenneth Kendall with Cleve Porter.

Marcus et. al.
After the service, Marcus Winslow, Jimmy's friend Lew Bracker, Frank Mazzola who played "Crunch" in RWAC, Bob Pulley (and Phil Ziegler's sleeve.)

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Lew Bracker, Frank Mazzola, Bob Pulley, Marcus Winslow and Phil Ziegler. Lew later told me at the cemetery that he and Jimmy preacticed driving fast on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. Frank was surprised that I knew he lived in a very large, beautiful house in 1955. Don't ask me why I remembered that fact. I don't know.

Phil's Mercury
That's Phil Ziegler's 1950 dark green Mercury in front of the church. When Phil bought the car, a document showed that the original owner had purchased a new battery on September 30, 1955! Phil told me that Ann Doran who played Jimmy's mother in RWAC, rode in this car in 1985 and her cigarette ashes were still in the ashtray, and they would stay there forever.

Lance Stell     Look-a-like Lance Stell.

Bob Hinkle, Lance Stell
Lance with Bob Hinkle who taught Jimmy to rope for his role in GIANT. (Lance gave Cleve this picture.)

headstone     Jimmy's headstone on September 30, 1995.

Cleve by bank
Remember Dennis Stock's picture of Jimmy walking down this sidewalk with the unique architecture over his right shoulder in February 1955 in JAMES DEAN REVISITED? (Here's Cleve in the same spot.)

Kenneth Kendall with his sculpture.
Kenneth Kendall at the park dedication, with the sculpture he made of Jimmy.

Autographs on the program include Lew Bracker, Marcus Winslow, Frank Mazzola and Leith Adams who worte JAMES DEAN: BEHIND THE SCENE.


Cleve has more photos of other events in Fairmount. I hope to be able to bring those to you too, in the new year of 2000.

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