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Brian Jones, Owner, A Christmas Story House

July 6th, 2006 by Ralphie

Brian Jones
Owner
A Christmas Story House

 

The path that has led Brian Jones from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to “that little house on Cleveland Street” is a result of his love for his favorite movie, “A Christmas Story.” This Thanksgiving, the ongoing relationship between Jones and his favorite film will take on a whole new meaning with the opening of A Christmas Story House.

A Christmas Story House takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes of the classic Christmas film. In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.  

A San Diego native, Jones had always dreamed of becoming a naval aviator like his father. After graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering, he went on to flight school. Once he arrived, however, he learned that he did not have the sight requirements to achieve his dream and become a pilot.

Obviously downtrodden by the sobering news, Jones parents decided they had just the thing to cheer him up. A couple of weeks after the unfortunate news, Jones received a large wooden crate marked “FRAGILE.” When he opened it, he found the infamous leg lamp from “A Christmas Story” inside. His parents made him a leg lamp (the “major award” from the film) to help deal with the disappointment of not becoming a navy pilot.

The film was a family favorite, and Jones’ parents had such a good recollection of the lamp that they actually recreated one. While it was a difficult and time-consuming task, it also was a humorous project for the Jones’. After sending it to their son, they told him of the significant interest that the lamp received and the fact that many people requested one for themselves.

After he left the Navy to pursue a new career, Jones was forced to make a decision about what he would do next. Struggling with the possibility of having to move to the East Coast for a corporate job, Jones remembered the comment from his parents about how popular the leg lamp had been. Jones set out to figure out a way to turn this interest into a realistic business. On April 9, 2003, RedRiderLegLamps.com – a largely online venture that sells replica leg lamps – was launched.

In the second year of RedRiderLeglamps.com, Jones’ wife e-mailed him while on deployment in the Middle East. Her captain had alerted her to the fact that the house used in “A Christmas Story” was up for sale on eBay. She thought she would just send a funny e-mail about how he should buy it. For Jones it wasn’t funny – it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

In a move that any fan could appreciate, Jones told the seller that if he took the house off the market that he would pay $150,000 for it. As quick as a tongue will stick to a metal pole in the winter, the deal was done. Within 24 hours the house was his, and Jones flew to Cleveland for the first time ever to sign the papers.

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE RESTORATION PROJECT SEEKS DONATIONS

July 6th, 2006 by Ralphie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        CONTACT:

                                                                                                            Emily Vincent

                                                                                                            Landau Public Relations

                                                                                                            216-912-2848

                                                                                                            evincent@landaupr.com

 

 

A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE RESTORATION PROJECT SEEKS DONATIONS

 

Fans of the film are invited to lend their support by providing items for movie site house

 

CLEVELAND – July 5, 2006 – Brian Jones and Steve Siedlecki are restoring the home used in the 1983 classic film “A Christmas Story,” and they would like your help. As Jones, owner of A Christmas Story House and RedRiderLegLamps.com, and Siedlecki, the curator and director of A Christmas Story House, restore the home to its original movie appearance, they are looking for donations of items that can be used to accentuate the interior of the house and add to the nostalgic feel of a family dwelling from the 1940s.

 

In an effort to ensure the authentic feel of the home, Jones and Siedlecki will be scouring garage sales, flea markets and off-beat stores, but their hope is to include many articles that are donated by movie fans and residents of the Cleveland area to recreate the look and feel of Ralphie Parker’s home.

 

“Our goal is to really represent the home of the 1940s as well as replicating the house we remember from the film, ‘A Christmas Story,’” Jones said. “The producers of the movie chose this area specifically, and we want to be sure to represent the Midwest in the 1940s to give everyone who visits an idea of what made this place such a perfect fit for the film.”

 

Jones and Siedlecki have already been able to arrange donations from local groups and companies such as the Cleveland division of ICI Paints, which has been working closely with the team to coordinate the right shades for the interior and exterior of the home, and Draco Landscape in Olmsted Falls, which will be donating all of the landscaping.

 

Those interested in donating items for the house can contact Siedlecki at 216-298-4919 or via e-mail at steve@AChristmasStoryHouse.com. If you have questions on what types of items would be most appropriate, check out the house’s official Web site at www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com where you can view photos of furniture and other pieces used in the movie.

 

Nov. 25 marks the grand opening of A Christmas Story House, helping to kick off the holiday season. A Christmas Story House will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. After Jan. 16, 2007, the house will be open Thursdays through Sunday. Admission to A Christmas Story House is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group discounts are available. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the house and yard and admittance into the accompanying museum.

 

A Christmas Story House is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com .

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