Love Story - 12-19

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The American Treasure Tour blog continues its exploration of the soundtrack albums displayed on the walls of the Music Room today with Love Story, starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw.  The screenplay for the film was written simultaneously with a novelization of the story.  The novel became a bestseller prior to the film's release.  When it came out, the movie was incredibly successful and received many Academy Award nominations, including one for best picture (it won for Best Music, Original Score).

Love Story is about a young couple who marry, despite that the wealthy father of Oliver, Ryan O'Neal's character,  disapproves of his marrying below his own social class.  When Ali McGraw's Jenny is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the tragedy of the story becomes apparent and the tears liberally flow.  But we do learn that "Love means never having to say you're sorry."


Eight years after the release of Love Story, Ryan O'Neal starred in a sequel alongside Candice Bergen.  What was the name of this film?

a)  Barry Lyndon

b)  What's Up, Doc?

c)  Oliver's Story

d)  The Neverending Story

e)  Paper Moon

Answer Below



History is a complex thing, with many facets and levels.  Today, we explore the history of a sport that deserves more attention than Americans have, to date, given it.  On this day in 1920, the first indoor curling rink opened in the United States, in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Curling is a sport reminiscent of shuffleboard on ice that has been around for centuries, traced to 16th-century Scotland, and has been included in the modern Olympic Games since the 1920's as a demonstration sport, but only since the 1998 games has it been an official game, with both a men's and a women's competition. 


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Happy birthday goes out to Mike Lookinland, who will turn 53 years old today.  More famously known as Bobby Brady in the popular 1970s situation comedy The Brady Bunch, Lookinland has appeared in all of the revivals of the show through the years, including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, and A Very Brady Christmas.  Aside from the Bradys, he appeared in the 1974 disaster film Towering Inferno, and worked behind the scenes in television as a camera operator and working in decorative concrete production.

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Celebrating his 33rd year today is actor Jake Gyllenhaal.  His career, similar to Mike Lookinland, began before he was a teenager, but he has stuck it out and has made a name for himself in dramatic roles including Brokeback Mountain and Brothers, as well as action films The Day After Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.  He is currently receiving positive press for his performance in the hard-hitting drama Prisoners.


Don't listen to what anybody says except the people who encourage you. If it's what you want to do and it's within yourself, then keep going and try to do it for the rest of your life. - Jake Gyllenhaal

Answer:  c)  Oliver's Story