The Kramer - Monday, March 9, 2015

We could conceivably write about movies and actors here at the American Treasure Tour blog without fear of repetition for years, because there is simply SO MUCH good stuff throughout the 100,000 square feet of the tour space.  But we know that could get a little dull, so we mix it up whenever we can.  Today, we aren't going to talk about movies at all.  That's because it's time to delve a little into television, specifically the insanely popular 1990s sitcom Seinfeld.  Airing from 1989 to 1998, Seinfeld famously addressed nothing important in its show, and became extremely popular for just that reason.  So you may ask what we have to talk about?

Hanging hidden in an alcove of the Music Room is the memorable poster taken from the second-season episode of the show entitled "The Letter," in which Jerry's girlfriend paints a portrait of Kramer.  We won't delve deeply into the episode because, quite frankly, if you don't know the show, you will think the picture is ... well ... kind of ugly.  If you know the show, it will likely bring a smile. Funny stuff.

What Academy Award-nominated actress played Jerry's girlfriend in "The Letter," the painter of this wonderful portrait?
A)  Catherine Keener
B)  Julianne Moore
C)  Meryl Streep
D)  Natalie Portman

GOLD!!!  January 24, 1848 is a date famously associated with the discovery of gold in Coloma, California that inspired one of the greatest mass migrations in American history.  However, there was an earlier one.  On this day in 1842, gold was discovered in what is now a suburb of Los Angeles, but was definitely deep in Spanish territory back then.  Called Rancho San Francisco, Santa Clarita now dominates the land where gold specks were identified in the soil clinging to wild onions.  Unlike the later gold rush, word of the discovery did not reach the east coast, which is in part why it's been forgotten today.  

WEBSTER!  If there is one thing that can be safely said about the entertainment industry, success breeds imitation.  The popular NBC program Diff'rent Strokes made Gary Coleman a star.  The diminutive African American actor who lived with a Caucasian family struck a chord, and ABC wanted in.  And thus, Webster was born.  That was in 1983.  But Emmanuel Lewis, the star of Webster, was born on this day in 1971.  The 4'3" actor has definitely struggled with typecasting since his show went off the air, but word is he has a sense of humor about it.  So, happy birthday, Emmanuel.  We can't believe you're already 44!

QUOTE:  The only place I can go where I'm not mobbed is my house. - Emmanuel Lewis

ANSWER:  A)  Catherine Keener, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the films Being John Malkovich and Capote.  Her character's name was Nina.