ISSUE #18: From On-Set Pranks to a Monumental Surprise!

Friday, April 05, 2024

Primary Blog/ISSUE #18: From On-Set Pranks to a Monumental Surprise!

This week, we're rolling down memory lane, not with a Red Ryder BB gun in hand, but with tales that unite us, stories that have bound the cast and fans together through decades. It's the magic of unity, from our childhood adventures on set to our present-day gatherings, that keeps the spirit of "A Christmas Story" ever so vibrant and alive.

🕰 From Mischief to Magic: A Childhood Uniting on Set

Imagine the halls of the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, back in 1983, echoing with laughter and the patter of young feet. The cast, a band of merry kids, found adventure in the corridors of an attached abandoned mall, played endless games of hide-and-seek, and frequented the arcade, lighting up scores and sharing victories.

Yano Anaya, our beloved Grover Dill, reminisces about these moments with a fondness that time has only deepened. From the icy beauty of Niagara Falls with Peter Billingsley and Zack Ward to the endless pranks led by Scott Schwartz, including surprise steak and lobster feasts ordered for director Bob Clark and high-flying water balloon escapades, these were the days of innocent mischief and unbreakable bonds.

👦👧 Growing Up, Yet Staying Close

Fast forward 40 years, and the camaraderie hasn't faded; it's only grown stronger. The child stars who once dashed through empty malls now walk the lanes of memory, inviting us, the fans, to join in their continued journey. This connection sparked on the set, has transcended time, maturing into a relationship that envelops each of us in its warmth.

🌟 A United Cast for the Ages

Today, the cast of "A Christmas Story" is more united than ever, dedicating themselves to bringing new magical experiences to you, our extended family. The legacy of our shared childhoods, both theirs on the screen and ours in the glow of their story, continues to weave a tapestry rich with new memories and traditions.

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film that has nestled its way into the heart of holiday traditions, we stand together, cast and fans alike, united by the laughter, the nostalgia, and the love that "A Christmas Story" inspires.

🎁 The Magic Continues...

The magic doesn't end with reminiscences. The cast is committed to bringing you more; more stories, more behind-the-scenes insights, and more unforgettable experiences. We invite you to join us as we embark on this continuing journey, celebrating the legacy and the future of "A Christmas Story."

Your stories, your traditions, and your love for this film have played a pivotal role in keeping the spirit alive. We thank you for being part of this ever-growing family and for sharing in the joy and unity that "A Christmas Story" brings into our lives, season after season.

Here's to more laughter, more memories, and more moments that unite us all, under the banner of "A Christmas Story."

Warmest wishes,

Emmanuel Soba 
A Christmas Story Family

P.S. The magic is only getting started. Brace yourselves for what's on the horizon... We're on the cusp of unveiling something so colossal, so unprecedented, it dwarfs every spectacular moment of our 40th Anniversary events combined! Imagine the grandeur, the scale, tenfold - a celebration so massive, it promises to redefine what it means to be part of "A Christmas Story" Family. Get ready; this is going to be monumental! #EpicRevealAhead


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Written By:

Yano Anaya (Grover Dill)