Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday - I is for Indiana Jones



Yippee! It's time for my favorite class, Alphabe-Thursday, instructed by everyone's favorite teacher, Mrs. Matlock. This week we are to write an essay on the letter I.


The first thing that popped into my head was "Indiana Jones"! This movie has a special place in my heart. I was very young, and had just moved to Philadelphia from a small town in Indiana. I certainly was not prepared for summer in the city! Rowhouses with window units could not keep up with the heat and humidity, and there was no relief in going outside, because I was surrounded by concrete! DH and I decided to splurge and go to a mall in New Jersey (free air conditioning!) While we were there, we saw a sign for a "sneak preview" of a new movie called "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark". It was worth a buck to sit in an icy cold theatre, so we went in. I will never forget the feeling of discovery that seeing this movie gave me. At last, I understood what my grandparents and parents had been talking about when they recounted the amazing movie serials they would see every Saturday. The lighting, the production, the score all had that same magical feel. And the map with the little plane moving over it - genius! I just loved the premise of the mild mannered college professor turned swashbuckling hero. He even shared my snake phobia! And I will admit, if Harrison Ford had been one of my teachers I probably would have paid alot more attention in class!



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I love the entire Indiana Jones series, although the Temple of Doom was probably my least favorite. But Raiders will always be my number one, because it was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise. And yes, we do have the entire series on DVD, as well as all the soundtracks. But these movies really are best when seen in a theatre, preferably an old fashioned one with a gigantic screen and reclining seats.

Now run to Mrs. Matlock's class to hear everyone's essays. You wouldn't want to get detention for being tardy!

42 comments:

jeff campbell said...

I love the Indy Jones movies...great idea for your post...Peace

Debbie said...

Very cool!~ I remember taking my boys to MGM in Disney and the show they put on there of Indian Jones is spectacular! Great I post!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Yes, I remember going and they were sure different than the kind of movies they were serving up...good "I" post. Joni

Marla at Always Nesting said...

I, too, love the Indiana Jones movies. My heart be still, Harrison Ford!

Linda said...

Some of my favorite actions scenes are from Indiana Jones movies! Great post! Thanks!!!

James said...

Great story. I can't imagine not having air conditioning. To this day I still have not seen the original Indiana Jones. I really should finally watch the dvd.

Viki said...

What a great I post. I never even thought of Indiana Jones. I loved that movie. Good story too. Thanks for sharing.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I think I'd better rent that movie one of these days. I've never seen it!

Steph said...

Your post brings back magical memories for me too. And I love the music.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic memories !!Great..Unseen Rajasthan

Riet said...

What a great I gor Indiana Jones. Love the films and the music

My name is PJ. said...

This was a great idea for an I post!

I could never sit through the IJ movies...nor could I sit through the Star Wars movies..and it had nothing to do with Harrison Ford.

I didn't like Titanic either. :)

Mumsy said...

I love all the original Indiana Jones movies..What a great "I" post!

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

I love INDIANA JONES... he was the Tarzan, James Bond and Star Trek for me.
Lovely retro.

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Julie Schuler said...

I can't wait until my boys are old enough to see it. Of course, they are in that phase where they only want to watch things they've already seen! It makes me crazy.

MrsJenB said...

Oh, Indy...my heart pitter-patters.

I cannot TELL YOU how I almost screamed in angst at the end of the last movie where his hat was almost picked up but at the last minute he swiped it. Oh, the sigh of relief! Whew! There is no other Indiana Jones, no matter how they try to revamp the series.

Where in Philly did you live? I might be a Jersey girl now but my heart will always be across the river!

jaydubblah said...

Yep, Harrison Ford fan here, but the best one was with Sean Connery as his dad, now I am showing my age LOL
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Jenny said...

Oh Oh Oh! Mrs. Matlock loves Indiana Jones!

This was a I nteresting and I ntriquing post!

A+

The Muse said...

:) he is a mod Sean Connery...no accent perhaps...but just as...
(ssshhh is the mr around? is the coast clear?) handsome!
LOL lol there, i said it...
LOL


thank you friend for the lovely warm wishes re: son's day. it was so joyous...i cried, but happily. the kids(lol) the bride and groom, shall i say were just fairytale material. it was a day of memories!

Amy said...

and he's such a hottie!!!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Kathy...

Hehe...Girl, I would have gladly paid the $1 to get out of the heat and humidity for awhile too! How cute! The first time that I say Indiana Jones was a video at home...I loved it! I think I've seen the entire Indiana Jones series now! Ohhh...and I love Harrison Ford...I watch all of his movies!!!

Just wanted to come by to thank you for your visit and the sweet note that you left for me on my Spring Green tablescape! I really enjoyed your visit, my friend! Oh yes, I was holding my breath that all of those green transferware dishes made it safely to me...but not a one was broke! That's a major miracle for our mail system! Hehe!

Have a fabulous day, Kathy!
Chari @Happy To Design

Jo said...

me too me too!!! i love the Indy!!! Totally yummy "i" post!

laterg8r said...

i love that he named himself after the dog :D

Bill said...

Thank you for bringing back memories of this great series of films! It's difficult to imagine anyone as Indiana Jones other than Harrison Ford. I'm sure you've heard that Tom Selleck turned down the role.

From wikipedia:
Selleck, after years of little interest, was cast as Thomas Magnum in Magnum, P.I.. Magnum, P.I. producers would not release the actor and he had to pass on the title role of Indiana Jones, which then went to Harrison Ford. The decision of choosing the role of Indiana Jones vs. Magnum actually haunted him so much that before making the decision, he consulted his best friend on what to do. Together they came to the conclusion that honoring the contract with Universal Studios was the honorable thing to do. It turned out that the shooting of the pilot for Magnum was delayed for over six months (due to a writers' strike) which would have enabled him to complete the role as Indiana Jones.

I'm sure Selleck would have done a fine job (but I'm glad it went to Ford!).

Hope you have an enjoyable weekend. ;)
-bill

SquirrelQueen said...

The Indiana Jones movies are my all time favorites. I have seen each of them countless times and would love to see another sequel.

A great idea for this week's post.

Maryrose said...

Oh I love the Indiana Jones movies. I do love Raiders but I think I really loved Last Crusade. It doesn't get much better with both Harrison Ford AND Sean Connery. Thanks...enjoyed the music too. :)

Amy said...

That is such a good post. We have the whole box set. Love it.. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by and sharing kind words.

Amy said...

Oh I am back to say to your DH Thanks for you comment. It made my day and made me smile.. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I remember watching these movies when I was a teenager.

mrs. c said...

I think those movies are some of the best! Its so funny, hubby and I were discussing movie viewing on the way home jsust a few minutes ago. He said he would just as soon wait and watch movie on the plasma, and I LOVE to go to the theatre! I am not much of a fan of 3D, but I will never pass up a good adventure flick!

mrs. c said...

I think those movies are some of the best! Its so funny, hubby and I were discussing movie viewing on the way home jsust a few minutes ago. He said he would just as soon wait and watch movie on the plasma, and I LOVE to go to the theatre! I am not much of a fan of 3D, but I will never pass up a good adventure flick!

Mami said...

I love In "Indiana Jones"! and played it with electrical organ.
thank you for sharing I word

Have a a nice weekend!

squawmama said...

Oh Kathy we do share the same love of those movies and that hunky man.. Loved him since Star Wars and no one will fill his shoes...
Have a fun filled day my friend!
(((HUGS)))
Donna

lissa said...

I've seen them all but sadly on the small screen

I only remember the first one and the last one which I thought having Indiana Jones as a father, well, I didn't quite believe it but it wasn't a bad flick

Annesphamily said...

Terrific post! I never thought of this one! Very clever. My ink post did have a pic of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Glad you stopped by. Thanks

Christy said...

yes, yes, yes! such a great movie and so different at the time from any other action adventure. this makes me want to pull it out of our dvd collection and watch it right now. I also must admit, that the indiana jones ride at disneyland is my absolute favorite and i will wait on a ridiculously long line to ride it!

Kathysue said...

Great Post Kat, My grandkids love Indiana Jones. we even have leggos with Indiana Jones, not nearly as cute as Harrison Ford though. Kathysue

Melinda Cornish said...

I was enthralled with that first movie...it just took me away!

mub said...

The Indiana Jones series right near the top of my list of favorite movies. I think I'm still in love with 80s Indy Harrison Ford... but don't tell my husband!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful "I" post! I was away and couldn't participate thsi go round..hopefully I'll come up with a "J"..lol

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford :o) Love your pick for this week's assignment :o)

Sorry that I am a wee bit tardy! Yikes! I hope I made it soon enough so as not to be on detention!

my excuse is has nothing to do with any pets eating my assignment...I am just on perpetual "catch up" mode!

Blessings & Aloha!

Sarah said...

Sorry I missed this one last week. I was out of town and away from my computer. Love Indiana Jones! This was a great idea!