Archive for December, 2009

A long time fan

December 29th, 2009 by Ralphie

Just thought Id share this picture with someone who could appreciate it. I have only see one other online.

Leg Lamp Tattoo A Christmas Story

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A Chippendale Christmas Story

December 22nd, 2009 by Ralphie

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A special guest has moved into the house on West 11th Street that was made famous by the movie “A Christmas Story.”

“You can’t explain it. It’s a surreal moment right now,” said Billy Jeffrey.

Billy is a self-proclaimed obsessed fan of the 1983 movie who spent $4,200 in an online auction for a few nights in the Cleveland landmark.

“I get now to re-live ‘A Christmas Story’ for the next 48 hours and I’m pretty excited about that,” said Jeffrey.

This is the first time in Cleveland for the Chippendales dancer who usually spends his time on stage as a member of the all-male revue in Las Vegas.

“Everybody knows ‘A Christmas Story’ house. Everybody knows Chippendales. Put ‘em together, and here we are!”

The money from Billy’s experience helps educate northeast Ohioans through the Cleveland Scholarship Program.

“That it goes to the charity and it stays right here in Cleveland, it’s great,” said Jeffrey. “To be able to give back to a city that I’ve never been to, but I’ve been here now a couple days and I’m falling in love with, is a good feeling.”

This is the second time this fundraiser has been held at the “A Christmas Story” house. You can find out more about the house which is open year-round, by going to http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/.

The official Web site for Billy Jeffrey is http://www.billyjeffrey.com/.

Fox 8 News Cleveland

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Reality TV star Billy Jeffrey spends $4,000 for holiday stay in Christmas Story House

December 22nd, 2009 by Ralphie

By Julie Washington, The Plain Dealer
December 22, 2009, 2:09PM

Billy Jeffrey Chippendale A Christmas Story House

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Billy Jeffrey paid more than $4,000 in an eBay auction to dress up in a bunny suit at The Christmas Story House.

But he also gained something priceless — a Christmas experience with his sister and brother-in-law, whom he wouldn’t have seen if not for his winning bid.

Jeffrey — a Lewiston, Idaho, businessman, reality television star and Chippendales performer — spent two nights this week living like Ralphie in the Tremont house used for exterior shots in the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story.”

Jeffrey, his sister Rachel Pierce and brother-in-law Sennett Pierce shot BB guns in the back yard, set a leg lamp in the window and crawled under the sink just like the kids in the movie.

Jeffrey even washed his mouth with Lifebuoy soap, the same way that little Ralphie is punished for cursing in the movie. How did it taste? Absolutely awful, Jeffrey reported.

The Christmas cult classic film stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a young boy determined to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

Jeffrey, who declined to give his age, bid $4,200 in an online charity auction to benefit the Cleveland Scholarship Programs, which promotes educational awareness.

About 50 bidders entered the auction, said A Christmas Story House executive director Steve Siedlecki. The House, 3159 West 11th St., is open Wednesday and Christmas Eve but closed Christmas Day.

Jeffrey entered a similar Christmas Story House auction last year but was so busy working at a vitamin store he runs that the auction ended before he could increase his bid. “I was pretty bummed,” he said.

When this year’s auction was announced, he noticed that the Cleveland visit was scheduled to take place before Christmas. He knew that the Pierces, who work at a St. Louis hospital, could not take time off on Christmas. But Rachel Pierce, who loves “A Christmas Story,” too, said she and her husband could meet him in Cleveland if he won.

When the auction ticked down to close about 10 days ago, Jeffrey was touring Germany with the Chippendales exotic dance troupe. He clutched his BlackBerry and let out a whoop when he saw the words, “auction ended — you won!”

“All the guys were pumped. They all wanted to go,” he said. “I told them I needed to pick family.”

Jeffrey and the Pierces flew in Sunday night and took advantage of their free night at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Their other prizes include a Chinese turkey dinner, a guest appearance on WGAR FM/99.5′s Lanigan and Malone morning show and tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Jeffrey has been a “Christmas Story” fan since the first time he saw the movie as a boy in Idaho. He was a cast member on Fox’s “The Sexiest Bachelor in America” and the ABC reality TV series “True Beauty.”

Jeffrey and his family spent Monday night watching a DVD of “A Christmas Story,” then slept in the Christmas Story House. Wednesday called for Jeffrey posing for pictures on the staircase in that bunny suit.

The best part of the whole experience? Getting to spend it with family, he said.

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Dancer pays $4K to stay in ‘Christmas Story’ house

December 22nd, 2009 by Ralphie

CLEVELAND — A reality TV star gets to spend a couple of nights living like Ralphie in the house used for the movie “A Christmas Story.”

The experience is a “major award” for Billy Jeffrey, who says he’s obsessed with the 1983 film. He bid $4,200 in an online charity auction and was scheduled to make his sleepovers Monday and Tuesday nights.

The house in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood is now a tourist attraction.

The Christmas cult classic film stars Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker, a young boy determined to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

High bidder Jeffrey was a cast member on the ABC reality TV series “True Beauty” last winter and has toured as a Chippendales exotic dancer. He said Monday it was his first visit to Cleveland.

On the Net:

http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/

The Associated Press.

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Chippendale dancer wins eBay Charity Auction to stay at “A Christmas Story” House

December 18th, 2009 by Ralphie

WHO: Chippendale’s dancer Billy Jeffrey is this year’s winner of a VIP Overnight Experience at the house where the Christmas classic “A Christmas Story” was filmed. Jeffrey, who has loved the movie since it first debuted in 1983, actually bid on the opportunity last year, but lost. This time around he was able to beat out 53 other bidders to win this one of a kind stay at A Christmas Story House & Museum located in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This is by-far my favorite Christmas movie,” says Jeffrey. “I have the leg lamp and I get tons of compliments on it each year when I put it out!” Jeffrey, who will bring along his younger sister and her husband, is excited to re-live all of the classic scenes from his favorite movie in the actual house. In addition, they plan on making this visit their Christmas celebration because work schedules have them apart over the holiday.

All of the proceeds from this ten-day eBay auction, which started at $1.00 and ended with a winning bid of $4,200, are going to the Cleveland Scholarship Programs (CSP). The CSP helps families, children and adults in the Northeast Ohio region return to college by providing access to postsecondary education through scholarships and academic advising. During the 2008-2009 school year the CSP assisted 19,763 students through their advisory services.

WHAT: The winning bidder received:

· 1 Day, 1 Night stay for four (4) in a suite at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

· 2 Day, 2 Night accommodations for four (4) at A Christmas Story House

· Chinese Turkey dinner for four (4)

· Dinner for four (4) at John Q’s Steakhouse

· Guest Appearance on the Lanigan and Malone Show

· Admission for four (4) to “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland

· Admission for four (4) to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

· Admission for four (4) to The Cleveland Bontanical Garden

· $200 shopping spree in A Christmas Story House Gift Shop

WHEN: Please contact Jodi O’Neill or Jill Wallenstein to schedule media interviews. Billy Jeffrey will be in   town from Sunday, December 21st – Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009.

WHERE: Interviews to take place at A Christmas Story House & Museum 3159 W 11th Street Cleveland, OH 44109

CONTACT: Jodi O’Neill

Landau Public Relations

216.912.2855

joneill@landaupr.com

Jill Wallenstein

Landau Public Relations

216.912.2847

jwallenstein@landaupr.com

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Does this guy look familiar?

December 8th, 2009 by Ralphie

I convinced my son to dress as Ralphie for Halloween 2009. Honestly he wasn’t really happy about it, but somehow I managed to get him to do it. This was the only picture he’d let me take. He’s just lucky I didn’t put him in the bunny costume. Enjoy!

Donna Howard

Ralphie A Christmas Story Look A like

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Take a role in the Christmas Story House

December 6th, 2009 by Ralphie

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A Christmas Story House Kitchen

CLEVELAND — Even when it’s closed, they come, lured by “the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.”

Up the front steps they bound, cameras in hand, giggling. Then they stop on the porch, transfixed, before the familiar-looking window.

There it is!

Their holy grail.

The Major Award!

THE LEG LAMP!

If your reaction is, “Huh?” then you must be one of the three people in the world who have never seen “A Christmas Story.” The 1983 movie has become a cult classic to the point that the TBS cable channel every Christmas broadcasts it continuously for 24 hours.

Of course, if you’ve seen the movie as many times as I and millions of others have, you know that the film’s main character is Ralphie, the 9-year-old who spends the movie plotting how to get an “official Red Ryder, Carbine Action, Two-Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle” for Christmas. And you know that Ralphie, his mom and dad, and brother Randy live in Hammond, Ind. And that Ralphie’s dad won the Leg Lamp, a large, gaudy, mesh-stockinged gam topped with a tassled shade, in a newspaper contest.

So, why are all these people going gaga over this house built in 1895 in Cleveland?

Because it’s the Christmas Story House, the house the movie’s creators chose when they were scouting for the 1940s feel they wanted, according to Steve Siedlecki, executive director for the house and accompanying museum.

Truth be told, though, most of the movie was shot on a soundstage in California that was built to mimic much of this house’s interior. Exterior shots of the house and back yard, location of the famous Black Bart shootout, were done here, though fake snow had to be brought in because of a scarcity of the natural stuff the year of filming. And scenes such as the tongue-frozen-to-the-pole and tire-changing were filmed in Canada.

But walk into this house, sit down on the couch, and you’ll feel as if you’re in the movie. Tucked away in a corner is the shipping box, labeled Fragile — “That must be Italian,” said Ralphie’s dad — that held the Leg Lamp.

Check out the upstairs bathroom and, of course, you’ll find a bar of Lifebuoy soap, just like Ralphie had to chomp on after uttering the dreaded f-word.

Californian Brian Jones bought the house, which had been “modernized” and was a rental duplex, in December 2005 after it was listed on eBay, and by the time he was done putting it back into a state that moviegoers would recognize, he had more than $400,000 into the project, according to Siedlecki. It opened Thanksgiving weekend 2006, and in August of this year it surpassed the 100,000 mark for attendance (which doesn’t take into account the hundreds of people who stop by during off-hours to peek through the front windows.

When the house first opened, it had plenty of “Don’t Touch” signs, Siedlecki said. But those signs have come down. “We encourage people to do what they want to re-enact the movie,” Siedlecki noted.

So, if you want to hide under the sink like Randy and have your photo taken, do it.

Just don’t be like Ralphie’s mom and break the Leg Lamp.

If you go Getting thereA Christmas Story House & Museum is at 3159 W. 11th St. in Cleveland, about 345 miles from Chicago via Interstate Highway 90. Get directions on the Web site (below), and don’t think you’re lost when you find yourself driving through a nondescript neighborhood.

VisitingThe house is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Until Dec. 31, it’s also open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and until 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It’s closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Tours run every half-hour, with the last tour at 4:30, and if you miss the guided tour, you can do a self-guided tour. Tickets must be purchased prior to the last tour at the gift shop. 216-298-4919; achristmasstoryhouse.com

In the vicinity On your way to or from A Christmas Story House, make a stop at the West Side Market, at West 25th and Lorain streets. The market has been operating since 1840 and is filled with tons of produce, spices and more sausages and other meat than you ever knew existed. Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 216-664-3387; westsidemarket.org

And, don’t miss the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum downtown, whose big exhibit until spring is “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.” The hall is open 363 days a year from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. 216-781-7625; rockhall.com

– Phil Marty, Special to Tribune Newspapers

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Christmas Parade Float, “A Christmas Story”

December 5th, 2009 by Ralphie

I would like to share some pics of our Christmas Parade float, based on “A Christmas Story”. The theme of the parade was “Once Upon A Christmas”.

Fred Warrick
Bakersfield, CA

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

A Christmas Story pink bunny pajamas Parade float

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A Small Town Family’s BIG Tribute to A Christmas Story

December 2nd, 2009 by Ralphie

In honor of the “Greatest Christmas Movie” ever made, my family decided to construct a 9 foot tall replica of the leg lamp used in the movie: “A Christmas Story”. Each night (weather permitting) the plaster-made leg lamp is placed on top of the roof where it can be seen lighting up the night’s sky for blocks to come in Spencer, NC. The constructors of the leg lamp is my stepfather Sam Morgan, and my mother Sherry Morgan.

-Lauren West

Giant Christmas Story Leg Lamp
Giant Christmas Story Leg Lamp
Giant Christmas Story Leg Lamp
Giant Christmas Story Leg Lamp

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Charity Auction 2009

December 1st, 2009 by Ralphie

Spend 2 Nights in A Christmas Story House Reliving the Movie!!!

A CHRISTMAS STORY EXPERIENCE CHARITY AUCTION!

WIN A CHANCE TO LIVE OUT A HOLIDAY FANTASY
IN A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE!

100% OF THE AUCTION BENEFITS THE CLEVELAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS!


A Christmas Story House Charity Auction

WHO:
Bid on a chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend Christmas reliving your favorite  moments from the cult classic, A Christmas Story, at the original Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland, OH. One lucky winner and three friends will experience A Christmas Story like never before. All your favorite moments are up for grabs in this auction. From leg lamps to BB Guns, to bunny suits and a Chinese Turkey dinner, celebrate A Christmas Story for a holiday to remember while giving to a great cause.

A Christmas Story experience charity auction benefits the Cleveland Scholarships Program. The Cleveland Scholarships Program is Northeast Ohio’s only regional resource promoting educational awareness and opportunity to enrich our community and prepare the workforce of tomorrow. The Cleveland Scholarships Program has a vital role in transforming Northeast Ohio from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy.

WHAT:
- One (1) Day, One (1) Night stay for four (4) in a suite provided by the Renaissance Hotel
- Chinese Turkey Dinner for four (4)
- Steak Dinner for four (4) provided by John Q’s Steakhouse
- Two (2) Day, Two (2) Night stay (Dec 21-23) accommodations for 4 at A Christmas Story House
- $200 shopping spree in A Christmas Story House Gift Shop

– Guest appearance on the Lanigan and Maline Show

– Admission for four (4) to “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland

– Admission for four (4) to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

– Admission for four (4) to The Cleveland Botanical Garden


WHEN: Now! The Charity Auction runs December 1st to 11th at Noon EST.

WHERE: Place your bids at www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/index.php/ebay-auction

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