Monday, May 18, 2015

Two Midwest Towns Celebrating Their Orson Welles Connections

From the April 19, 2015, Chicago Tribune.  "Happy birthday, Orson Welles: Celebrations to mark famous centennials" by Mary Bergin.

"Two Midwest cities that are 45 miles apart declare the same legendary actor-writer-director as a native son and are giving him star treatment during this centennial year of his birth.

"Orson Welles, the mastermind behind the 1941 film "Citizen Kane" and 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast was born May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"Across the Illinois state line, Woodstock considers itself his adopted hometown because Welles lived there eight years while attending Todd School for Boys after his parents' divorce and his mother's death..

Both cities are having nearly month-long celebrations to honor him.

Screenings of "Citizen Kane" and "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942) will be shown at both towns.

Woodstock recently tore down the dorm where Welles lived and Marion Central Catholic High School now occupies the landing field used ofr planes for the school's boys.


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