The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy opens in Vincennes today... the 100th anniversary of the funnyman's birth. Fans from around the nation are coming to Indiana for the event. The exhibits feature memorabilia donated by Red's widow including costumes and two-hundred original Skelton paintings. The "Red Skelton Show" was broadcast on television from 1951 to 1971 - the second longest entertainment program in network television history - and earned Skelton three Emmy Awards. A prolific artist, writer, musical composer, and movie actor who performed to sell-out stage audiences nationwide, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Skelton its Governor's Award for lifetime achievement in 1986. The Vincennes native passed away in 1997 at the age of 84.
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VINCENNES, Ind. - Red Skelton fans from throughout the nation are coming to Vincennes on July 18 for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. The celebration and show comes on the 100th anniversary of Red's birthplace, within sight of the Museum and adjoining Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, at Vincennes University.
"Reservations have come in from people in 12 states including California, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Alabama. It proves once again that Red Skelton touched the lives of people throughout the nation through his 70 years in show business - a remarkable career that started right here in Vincennes," said Dr. Phillip M. Summers, chair of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation Board.
One of Red's close friends and fellow performers Jamie Farr, of "M*A*S*H" television show fame, is coming to Vincennes for the celebration. He will be joined on stage for a 7:30 p.m. "Birthday Celebration" show by Red Skelton impersonator Tom Mullica, musical guests Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner, Red’s widow Lothian Skelton, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
A fan of Skelton's radio show as a youngster, Farr credits Skelton with giving him his start in television. Farr was a regular on "The Red Skelton Show" for two seasons, one of America's top-rated and longest-running television shows. An accomplished television and Broadway actor, best known for his role as Corporal Klinger on M*A*S*H, Farr calls Skelton one his "all-time heroes."
The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will feature Skelton memorabilia donated by Lothian Skelton valued at more than $4.5 million, including original costumes and 200 original Skelton paintings.
The interactive exhibits include Skelton's famous characters, a biographical film in the museum theatre, a timeline of his life, and Red’s famous interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Plans are already underway to continue to expand the Museum with exhibits of Skelton's career in Vaudeville, radio, television and the movies.
Even before it opens, the Skelton Museum is attracting national attention.
The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor has announced it has selected Vincennes for its 2014 National Conference because of the Skelton Museum. The conference is expected to bring 200 to 300 professionals to the southern Indiana community.
The "Red Skelton Show" was broadcast on television from 1951 to 1971 - the second longest entertainment program in network television history - and earned Skelton three Emmy Awards. A prolific artist, writer, musical composer, and movie actor who performed to sell-out stage audiences nationwide, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Skelton its Governor's Award for lifetime achievement in 1986.
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
The Grand Opening Celebration will include:
3:30 PM News Conference
5:30 PM Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
6:00 PM Museum opens for tours until 10:00 PM (except during the show).
6:00 PM-VIP ticket holder Cocktail reception with Lothian Skelton that includes appetizers and wine
7:00 PM Theatre doors open for seating.
7:30 PM- Birthday Celebration show begins in the Red Skelton Theatre, featuring actor Jamie Farr, Red Skelton impersonator Tom Mullica, musical guests Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner, and Lothian Skelton
8:30 PM- Dessert reception on the outside circle patio
8:30 PM- Museum tours continue until 10:00 PM
There are three ticket prices:
$100 - VIP includes reception, commemorative pin, premier seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
$50 – Patron includes commemorative pin, priority seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
$30 – General Admission includes general seating, dessert reception after the show, and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening
The Grand Opening weekend also includes a Senior Day on July 19 with free entrance to the Museum for anyone over 60 years of age. The day will include the opportunity to be part of a video blog of "Red Skelton Stories" that will be added to the collection.
July 20 will be Family Day with free entrance for persons 18 and under when accompanied by a parent. There will be special hands-on activities about comedy, humor and laughter.
For more information call 812-888-2105, or visit the web site www.redskeltonmuseum.org
In Gary, police are investigating a shooting death overnight. It's the seventh homicide in the city, and sixth fatal shooting, since the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The Lake County Coroners office reports 27-year-old Christopher Hughes of Gary sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in the 19-hundred block of Connecticut Street at 3:30 this morning. Gary officials have reportedly asked the Governor for assistance from Indiana State Police to combat the recent surge in violent crime. This morning's shooting death marks the 29th homicide in the city this year. Last year, Gary had a total of 43 homicides.
In October 1995, then-Governor Evan Bayh deployed fifty state troopers to Gary, in response to a request from then-Mayor Thomas Barnes to fight the city's rising murder toll. There were more than 130 homicides recorded in the city that year.
The mayor of La Porte has asked Governor Mike Pence to take her name off a list of candidates for state auditor, a position that opens up next week when Tim Berry is expected to formally be named chair of the state Republican party. Mayor Blair Milo has released a statement saying she was invited by the Governor's office to meet with Pence for what was described as a potential opportunity. Milo says she met with Governor Pence and Chief of Staff Bill Smith this past Monday regarding the Governors upcoming appointment to the position of State Auditor. Milo said she was very honored to be considered, and that it was a very difficult decision, but she looks forward to “continuing to support Governor Pence and the Indiana team by leading the La Porte contingent.”
Statement released by Mayor Blair Milo:
Mayor Milo to remain in office
Following the announcement of Governor Mike Pence’s selection of State Auditor Tim Berry as his recommendation for selection as Chairman of the Republican Party, Mayor Blair Milo was contacted by leaders within the Republican Party to participate in the possible selection process for State Auditor. Late last week Mayor Milo was invited by Governor Pence’s office to meet with the Governor for what was described as a potential opportunity. Milo met with Governor Pence and Chief of Staff Bill Smith on Monday, July 15, 2013 and had a very positive meeting regarding the Governors upcoming appointment to the position of State Auditor.
Mayor Blair Milo stated, “After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have notified Governor Pence that I am extremely honored to have been under consideration for the position of State Auditor, but I feel that my commitment to serve the people of La Porte in the best manner possible is met by remaining in my capacity as Mayor at this time. Our community team of the City department heads and employees as well as leaders of local businesses, non-profits, service organizations, faith-based organizations and many others has made great strides in the last year and a half and I am dedicated to ensuring we are able to see through many of the pivotal projects we are currently addressing. The next State Auditor will have great opportunities to not only continue the outstanding work of State Auditor Tim Berry, but closely participate in the many exciting efforts that Governor Mike Pence is leading, taking Indiana from good to great. This was a very difficult decision for me, but I look forward to continuing to support Governor Pence and the Indiana team by leading the La Porte contingent.”
The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports in light of recent events locally and nationally, no backpacks, large bags, or coolers will be allowed at the Porter County Fair. Public Information Officer, Sgt. Larry LaFlower says any bags brought into the fair will be subject to a search, but women's purses will be fine to bring in. Sgt. LaFlower also wants remind those attending the Hunter Hayes concert to please arrive early, as a large sold-out crowd is expected to help kick-off the first day of fair.
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Traffic will be restricted to local residents only tomorrow, July 18th, on part of County Road 50 West in Porter County for asphalt paving. The Porter County Highway Department reports work will take place on County Road 50 West, from the Toll Road to County Road 1050 North, from 6am to 4:30pm.
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JOHN R. SCOTT, age 81, a longtime Portage resident, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013.
Porter County Assessor Jon Snyder and his staff extends their condolences to the family of former Porter County Assessor John Scott saying that Scott devoted much of his life to public service, "Mr. Scott was more than happy to assist me with the transition from one assessor to the next." Snyder said Scott taught him some things, "some of the things I learned I still hold to today. I have a lot of respect for him." The county's current assessor also said that for more than 20 years, Scott served as Portage Township Assessor before becoming the county assessor for four years, "that is something that should be applauded," said Snyder.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service at 2700 Willocreek Rd., Portage. Where according to their website, family and friends may call on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rosary and parish rosary at 6:00 p.m. and Legion service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. DIRECTLY from Nativity of Our Savior Catholic, 2949 Willowcreek Rd., Portage with Rev. Andrew Corona officiating. There will be one half-hour of visitation at church prior to service. At rest Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville. Memorials preferred to Nativity of Our Savior, Bishop Carl Mengeling Endowment Fund.
Read more about John R. Scott's life at: http://www.pruzinfuneralservice.com/sitemaker/sites/PRUZIN1/obit.cgi?user=1035409SCOTT
(photo from Pruzin Brothers Funeral Service website)
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