Summer officially started nine days ago and this week we’ll be celebrating the 4th of July!
Looks like it’s vacation season and so I thought this week we’d feature links to online articles about the classic movie, National Lampoon’s Vacation. It was originally released on July 29, 1983 which means that in a couple weeks it’s going to be 36 years since it first hit the theaters!
Below are a half a dozen links to the original film and then there’s the weekly MBIP Coming Attractions!
Read John Hughes’ Original National Lampoon Vacation Story That Started the Movie Franchise - Before it was a movie and before John Hughes became a teen movie tycoon, he was a writer for the National Lampoon magazine and Vacation was an article titled, “Vacation ’58.” It was a little darker in tone than the movie for which he wrote the script. Here’s the lead line to the original article: “If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever!”
‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ - The original NY Times 1983 review by Janet Maslin.
14 Road-Worthy Facts About National Lampoon’s Vacation - Number 13 is interesting and something I had never seen, warning: It’s not very good.
20 things you probably didn’t know about ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ - Number 11: I never realized that was Jane Krakowski till I read this!
30 Things We Learned From the ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Commentary - Notes from the DVD commentary.
‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Stars: Where Are They Now? - A gallery of then and now photos and information of what the cast has been up to since 1983. *Spoiler Alert: Imogene Coca and John Candy are still dead.*
Here’s what’s coming up next week on MBIP!
Monday: I went to the new Brienzo’s Wood Fired Pizza parlor in Heritage Square in Peoria Heights and had my Saturday night dinner there. And for a change, I didn’t get the pizza, tune in tomorrow to see what I got instead!
Thursday: It’s a special 4th of July Thursday Minute Marty Meal on this star-spangled holiday!
Friday: Every Friday I write about something in the MBIP World Headquarters, I still need to figure that out.
Saturday: I’ll be suggesting a Saturday night dining destination for all of you. You’re welcome.
Okay, Scott’s going to be here soon, so I have to run. Have a wonderful and funderful Sunday everyone!