Monday, May 17, 2010

The Legend of Pancho Barnes / May, 2010

This Just In -- Pancho's Going to Osh Kosh!  The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club will be screening at the world's largest aviation event, the EAA's AirVenture -- also known as "Osh Kosh".  We'll be presenting the film as part of An Evening of Champions on July 25th at the famous Theater in the Woods.  The open-air pavilion has seating for 3,500 people under its spacious roof, and we expect many more to watch sitting on lawn chairs and blankets.  Obviously it will be a record crowd for us, and should be a truly amazing evening.  We'll make an announcement on our website when we have all the details in place.  Special thanks to Diane Titterington and the Aviation Speakers Bureau for making this possible.

There will be additional screenings of the film at the EAA's SkyScape Theater during the week.  We don't have the full schedule yet, but as soon as we do we'll let you know.

April and May have seen Pancho air on an enormous number of public television stations, and we've been getting a lot of nice feedback about the film.  Domestic broadcasts will continue, believe it or not, on and off for the next three years.  We'll be posting information about the broadcast schedule on our website (click on "Screenings/U.S. Television Broadcast").  If you don't see your local station listed, consider sending them an email and ask them to broadcast the show.

The Legend of Pancho Barnes will be showing at the Fullerton Air Days / Fly N Float Festival on May 22, 2010.  The venue is the Fullerton Municipal Airport, where there will be displays of aircraft, and special guests including real-life Womens Air Service Pilots and Tuskeegee Airmen.  The screening should be around 1 p.m.  For a map and some further details visit this link.

Details have yet to be finalized, but check our website (or watch for the June update) for information about a special screening in Laguna Beach on June 17th.

Amanda Pope and I were just interviewed about the film by Matt Jolley of Warbird Radio.  For those of you who are not familiar with this Internet radio station and podcast, it's a true delight.  Matt talks to many of the legendary pilots, aircraft restorers and authors who make the world of aviation such a special place.  To hear our conversation, just visit on Monday, May 17th at 10 a.m. EST.  Or you can stream it, after it airs.

We're not participating in the Planes of Fame Airshow, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this spectacular event put on by our friends out in Chino.  Some of the highlights will include veteran pilot (and good friend of the film) Clay Lacy doing a special presentation in a Learjet.  Our friends at Air Show Buzz, the legendary Horsemen, will also be performing.  For those of you who have never seen them, this is three P-51 Mustangs all at once, and all over the sky.  You won't want to miss that believe me.  For tickets and other information visit this link:

In recent weeks we've shown the film at the Sun N Fun Airshow in Florida (where it rained), on televisions all across the United States, and at CalTech.  It's been an absolute whirlwind but also a lot of fun.  At a little party we threw for our national broadcast premiere,
Amanda and I and members of our crew had a moment to reflect on what we've accomplished: bringing Pancho's legacy front and center.  It's been terrific, and we've made a lot of friends and made an impression everywhere we've gone.  But of course we're still hoping for more -- ultimately we believe this program should be broadcast not just here in the USA, but internationally.  Stay tuned, I think it's going to happen.

Lou D'Elia and Mike Salazar of the Pancho Barnes Trust Estate debuted a new feature on their website, a blog devoted to things Pancho.  One of the first entries is bound to intrigue, as they show off photographs of the (physically) largest item in their Pancho collection.  Newly acquired, this item isn't an airplane but did once apparently serve at Pancho's airport.  To read more and see the photos visit this link.

PANCHO'S RODEO "BLISTER"  I've spent some time in the Production Journal detailing some of the wonderful people who've attended our events, some of whom have brought a scrap of Pancho-related memorabilia.  Recently we had an attendee who showed up with what I consider one of the all-time great Pancho items, a souvenir booklet from one of the two rodeos she put on in 1949 and 1950. 

Now we all know the story about how Pancho promoted her rodeo with "Lady Godiva" -- a nude woman IMG_0001(well, she wore a body stocking) on top of a giant bull.  Turns out that wasn't the only outrageous bit of promotion Pancho schemed up for these events.  Pancho flew National Air Race announcer Archie Twitchell in to call the event,  and according to biographer Lauren Kessler she rented searchlights that could be seen from thirty miles away, and bought a Chevrolet so it could be raffled off. Another thing she did, this time for the 1950 rodeo, was to produce a souvenir booklet called the Happy Bottom "Blister", and this is what recently surfaced at our event.  Running about 22 pages, the over-sized booklet sold for a costly 25 cents.  In my view the black and white cover alone was worth the quarter, as it bears a cartoon of a shapely woman on horseback wincing in pain from a gigantic saddle sore -- yikes!  TO READ THE REST CLICK HERE

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