October 18, 2010


The last five days brought a whirlwind of emotions.

Being back on Mackinac Island was absolutely magical.

It was so wonderful to meet people who had gathered to celebrate Somewhere in Time. People came from all over the United States and from as far away as Japan and England. The entire Grand Hotel (almost 400 rooms) had been sold out for weeks as 700 fans of the film spent three days enjoying location tours (guided by my old friend and location manager Dan Dewey), trivia contests, panel discussions, screenings, and gourmet meals.

Most importantly, the weekend is truly a journey back in time. The Grand and Mackinac Island are such timeless places, and the love of time travel from the fans of film is so palpable that you really do feel like you’re in a different time and place.

Adding to the atmosphere is the fact that at least half of the attendees dressed in 1912 clothing for the entire weekend as a way of paying homage to the time period and the feeling of the film. Being with those wonderful people and hearing how the film had touched their lives so deeply was one of the great peak experiences of my life. And it was made even more special because I could share it with my wife Lauren and four of our kids.

It was also so much fun to reconnect with some of the people with whom I worked on the film, such as associate producer Steve Bickel, whom I hadn’t seen in almost 30 years.

On Saturday, I did my first talk about Bringing Back The Old Hollywood. We also had our first book signing and we sold 154 books in one day!

Even more gratifying was hearing comments from people who were already reading the book as the weekend progressed. As it is with a film, you never really know how people are going to respond so it was really fun for me to get such immediate and positive feedback.

It was so exhilarating to finally be able to speak about the book to a group of people Old Hollywood is a subject matter very close to the hearts of fans of Somewhere in Time because the film itself is a throwback to another era when story ruled the day.

The combination of the celebration of the film and the sharing of the book was such fun that I wish we could do it again next weekend.

(More on the Somewhere in Time celebration tomorrow.)

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