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Reading Neil Simon’s obituary today, I ran across this:
“He found escape through the movies, reading, and building plastic models.”
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Craig Abrahamson said on August 27, 2018
I’ve seen reports of many “celebrities” that share the same interests as ourselves.
Tom Cleaver said on August 27, 2018
There’s a photo of Rod Serling holding an Airfix Wellington he’d just completed.
david leigh-smith said on August 27, 2018
…and here it is.
I used to love the Twilight Zone (and latterly ‘Night Gallery’).
Mel Torme was a noted WWI modeler – he was a founding member of the League of WWI Historians and the main financial supporter of Cross & Cockade till he died.
Jonathan Winters did models as well as his normal art painting.
And of course there is WW1 modeler Sir Peter Jackson, who likes doing it so much he started a company.
Jay Leno builds really nice motorcycle models (I’ve seen them at the Garage).
I understand the James Stewart and Henry Fonda’s lifelong friendship was at least partly built on their mutual love of model aircraft building. Doubly impressive given Jimmy Stewart’s flying record in the war.
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Andrew Alexander said on August 27, 2018
I had heard that they liked to get together and build models.
Greg Kittinger said on August 28, 2018
And of course, Rod Stewart toured with a case of train-building supplies:
Tom Cleaver said on August 28, 2018
And the entire third floor of his mansion in Beverly Hills is given over to the trains!
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