Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

With the American Treasure Tour blog, we try to share the joy of our collection with our friends who have been here and want to keep in touch, as well as anyone thinking about coming and hoping to learn a little bit more about what we have.  Our treasures are varied, to put it mildly (Check out our promotional video on the webpage if you haven't already.  It's short but chock full of good stuff!), and they celebrate all sorts of American memories.

One thing we all love is movies - and what fan of film doesn't enjoy the Indiana Jones films? Hanging in the Music Room is a poster for Temple of Doom, the second of the original three films. It was released in 1984 and, while it had all the ingredients of a great action film, it was considered a wee bit too violent for its PG rating.  Because of that, the PG-13 rating was implemented, the first film to have the dubious honor of that rating would be Red Dawn the same year, about a Soviet attack on the United States.  Trust me, Temple of Doom is a far superior movie, no offense to Patrick Swayze.
QUESTION:  What star of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom met their soon-to-be spouse during filming?
A)  Harrison Ford
B)  Kate Capshaw
C)  Jonathan Ke Quan
D)  Dan Aykroyd

THERE'S OIL IN THAT THAR DESERT.  Something happened on this day in 1938 halfway across the world that would affect pretty much every single American soon enough, although it's doubtful they would have believed it if someone had said so at the time.  Yes, storm clouds were building over Europe in what would unleash as World War II the next year, but this event happened in Asia.  Asia Minor to be more specific.  Saudi Arabia to be even more specific. Oil was discovered.  Black gold.  And everything would change because of it.

THE WOMAN WHO INSPIRED MARILYN.  On this day in 1911, Harlean Harlow Carpenter was born to a working-class family from Kansas City, Missouri.  When her parents divorced, Harlean's mom compelled her to audition for a movie.  She did so under mom's maiden name - Jean Harlow.  She got the job, and the rest is history.  The platinum blonde starred in many films between 1929 and her untimely death at the age of 26, in 1937.  Her films include Howard Hughes' Hell's AngelsThe Public Enemy in 1931, and 1936's Libelled Lady. Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe borrowed Harlow's look in the effort to help speed herself towards fame.  

QUOTE:  When you lie down with dogs, you get fleas. - Jean Harlow

ANSWER:  B)  Kate Capshaw.  Her future husband was none other than director Steven Spielberg.  They've been married now for twenty-four years.