2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
This week my husband author Rob Rains and his co-author, former major league baseball player Andy Van Slyke rolled out their opening publicity for their new book, “The Curse: Cubs Win! Cubs Win! …Or Do They?” They had a press conference at Harry Caray’s Restaurant with Harry’s widow, Dutchie Caray in attendance. While they were off doing newspaper, radio, and television interviews and filming a video for You Tube about the book, this writer got the opportunity to explore Chicago.
Any negative thoughts you had about Chicago should go out the window. It was a beautiful, vibrant city with great shopping that even Scarlett O’Hara would have loved! She would have enjoyed the fine dining (like she did on her honeymoon in New Orleans) and her boat ride would not have been on the muddy Mississippi –it would have been on the beautiful, clear blue Lake Michigan that we were able to see. The view of the magnificent skyline of the Windy City was breathtaking from the tour boat.
The booksigning was a huge success because word about how good “The Curse; Cubs Win!…” had gotten out . It is not just for Cubs fans, it is for anyone who likes baseball. The authors actually have ties to the Cubs biggest rivals–the St. Louis Cardinals! Van Slyke had played there before going to the Pittsburgh Pirates and he currently lives in St. Louis.
Speaking of rivals– Supe Granda of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils has come up with a really clever song about the rivalry of the Cardinals and Cubs called “I Married A Cubs Fan.”‘ Granda, who is from St. Louis and spent years as a rock star singing such songs as “Jackie Blue” and “If You Want To Get To Heaven (You Got To Raise A Little Hell!)” actually did marry a Cubs Fan. The song is really cute. Here is a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0SaZqY2Wa0 You can copy and paste that or just go to the side of the page and click on it. We had coffee with Supe today as he is a friend of ours and he told us he is filming a video to go with the song.
As a segui from that back to Gone With The Wind, Scarlett probably would have liked the Daredevils as she liked to “Raise A Little Hell!” There was a reason Rhett Butler liked her so much. It is fun to look at all the Facebook pages that deal with Gone With The Wind. This author has gotten into the act with the Facebook page GWTWbook.com. If you have not “friended” or “liked” it yet, please do.
There is a new one called “GWTW…But Not Forgotten” that my friend Denise Tucker has started. Today’s post was: POP QUIZ: Another actress was a serious contender for the part of Scarlett’s little sister Carreen, but instead went on to legendary fame in the lead role of another 1939 classic? Who was the actress / what was the movie?
The answer was Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz. Denise has posted some quotes and a video on her site. People seem to love those quotes. The Margaret Mitchell House has a Facebook page as does The Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum. There is a GWTW movie page, book page, and even “Which GWTW Character Are You?”
Facebook is a fun place for GWTW fans to make friends and talk about things. Several people have written on the GWTWbook.com page and then contacted me. I enjoy hearing from GWTW fans. When I was invited to the Belle’s Birthday Ball event in Lexington, KY–celebrating Belle Brezing, the real person Belle Watling was patterned after– I referred to the Belle’s Birthday Ball Facebook page and was able to get a lot of information.
St. Louis will be host to a big Gone With The Wind event called “Gateway To The Wind”. Be checking this site and the Facebook page for announcements in the very near future. People ask me how I can tie so many things to Gone With The Wind. It is because the movie and book were so much larger than any other movies or books and the interest in them will never die. The more you can broaden your mind to things, learn about history, current events, new books, and still be able to talk about Gone With The Wind, the more enriched your everyday life can be.
Never forget to spend a little time each day on things that interest you. If it’s Gone With The Wind, if it’s sports, if it’s knitting. Be sure to keep the joy going in your life by spending time on your hobbies. I also enjoy playing the autoharp, singing, and songwriting…but that is a story for another day. (We won’t think about that today…we’ll think about that tomorrow!!)
By Sally Tippett Rains, Author of “The Making Of A Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell’s Classic Novel, Gone With The Wind.”