Friday, January 11, 2013

Hosting My First-Ever Blogathon

It is with pleasure and excitement that I announce They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To will soon be hosting its first-ever blogathon.  As regular readers of this blog already know, John Garfield is one of my absolute favorite actors (one of my "beloveds"), and with March 4th being the 100th anniversary of his birth, I thought a blogathon in his honor would be the perfect way to celebrate.

The blogathon will be taking place that entire weekend---Friday to Monday, March 1st through March 4th.  I would like to see huge participation in the event---Mr. Garfield deserves that!  Besides being a brilliant actor, with the shameful treatment he received in Hollywood upon his refusal to "name names" in the HUAC hearings, I believe it is right and fitting that in some small way, we seek to make it up to him by singing his praises and giving him a portion of the honor and respect due him.

Any and all of you are welcome to participate in the blogathon. Whether you want to write about one of Mr. Garfield's films, his stage career, his "method" acting, his Hollywood blacklisting, or any other facet of the talented man's too-short life, you are invited to join in the 100th birthday celebration. (You may contribute more than one article if you are so inclined.)  The more participants, the merrier, so please grab one of these fantastic buttons (which my dear friend, Monty, of All Good Things graciously created for me) and spread the word about the bash They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To is throwing for John Garfield's 100th birthday.  (When you add the button to your blog, be sure it links to this page---not the main page of my blog---as this is where all future blogathon information will be posted.)  Since I don't have an extremely high-traffic blog, if, in addition to adding the button to your page, some of you would like to spread the word via a blog post, feel free to go ahead and do so.

More details will be forthcoming, as will directions for posting your article(s) to the blogathon.  For now, though, just let me know if you intend to be part of the fun and what aspect of Mr. Garfield's career or life you'd like to write about.  Then, put the dates on your calendar, spread the word, and get ready to honor the amazingly talented, tremendously under-appreciated John Garfield on his 100th birthday.

NOTE:  To access all the blogathon entries, go HERE.