Over the Rainbow and then some

August 26, 2011 – Yesterday was the 71st anniversary of the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

I’m an old movie fan, so it’s easy for me to say that it’s one of my all time favorites. But even those who don’t care for the old black and whites love “The Wizard of Oz”. After 71 years, families still gather around to watch the story of Dorothy and her three friends find their hearts’ desire.

So, it made me wonder what other entertainment icons stand the test of time? Here are a few I came up with; feel free to add your own.

Movies:
“Casablanca” springs to mind immediately, along with “Citizen Kane”, although it’s not one of my favorites. And I have to give honorable mention to anything by Alfred Hitchcock, and to the wonderful family movies made in the 1960s such “The Sound of Music”, “Mary Poppins”, and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, to name a few. I know I catch them whenever they are on.

Singers/Bands:
How about Frank Sinatra, or anyone in the Rat Pack to start? They are still wildly popular today. You could also include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan in the mix because all of their music still has a strong audience, even though many of the songs were recorded 50 years ago. I wonder how many people 50 years from now will be listening to Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake?

Books:
This is probably the easiest category because schools will always push the classics on students, although they probably won’t really appreciate them until they are adults. So, what books stand out? How about “The Catcher in the Rye”, “Jane Eyre”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Anna Karenina”, and “The Bell Jar”, to name a few? I would be remiss not to mention Judy Blume because I know that young girls in the future will still be captivated with “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret?”. And something tells me the Harry Potter books will stick around for a long time, too.

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2 thoughts on “Over the Rainbow and then some

  1. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all times favorites! David has to read it this year for school. He is not excited about it, as I think most of the clever wit will be lost on him.

    1. Never read it but I know I should. I’ve seen numerous movies based on the book, and I know that doesn’t count.

      David will probably hate it because of the language…

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