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A tribute to one of the most well-known scenes from the film 'A Christmas Story' is now on display in Hammond. The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has unveiled a bronze statue of the character "Flick" sticking his tongue to a flag pole after a "triple-dog dare." The early-1980s movie was based on stories from Hammond-native Jean Shepherd. October 29, 2013
HAMMOND, Ind. - Just before the start of the annual "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority unveiled an opportunity for visitors to see Flick, a character from the classic Christmas movie "A Christmas Story," get his tongue stuck to a flag pole in front of the Indiana Welcome Center.
Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, and Scott Schwartz, the actor who played Flick in the movie, unveiled the permanent bronze statue during a press conference on Tuesday outside the Indiana Welcome Center.
"The South Shore CVA wanted to do something special for our 30th anniversary, as well as the 30th anniversary of the holiday classic 'A Christmas Story,'" said Batistatos. "In honor of Jean Shepherd and the movie, the iconic "Triple Dog Dare" scene is now immortalized on one of the Indiana Welcome Center's flag poles."
The Flick statue was commissioned by the South Shore CVA in January 2013 and was created, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, by Timeless Creations - The Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. In addition to the creation of Flick, Rotblatt-Amrany's studio created the Orville Redenbacher statue in Valparaiso, as well as Michael Jordan, Frank Thomas and Harry Carey in Chicago.
The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 9 and run through Sunday, Jan. 5. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323. For more information on the exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or special events, contact Bethany Randolph, special events and services manager for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, at 219-554-2229 or visit www.achristmasstorycomeshome.com.
About the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority The South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, as the official destination marketing organization, leads and supports the visitor industry through the marketing and development of the county from convention, sports, gaming and special interest travel segments, thereby increasing economic impact, creating employment and enhancing the communities' quality of life.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
A CHRISTMAS STORY and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.
Source: South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority