“Forgotten Hollywood”- Saving Dick Van Dyke’s Home…

Posted on October 12, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

    An update on the demolition of Dick and Jerry Van Dyke’s childhood home…

   Actor Dick Van Dyke is taking steps to save his  former residence in central Illinois, which was slated for demolition. News stories about the threat to the two-story home in Danville, condemned because of its tumbledown condition, reached the 89-year-old actor during the summer. He announced over the weekend that the house will be restored as headquarters for a new foundation to provide scholarships to accomplished young performers.

jerry and dick

JERRY VAN DYKE                   DICK VAN DYKE

   Organizers of the Dick Van Dyke Foundation hope to establish a museum in the home where Van Dyke and brother Jerry lived during high school after the family relocated from Missouri. After learning of the house’s dilapidated state, the star of Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Dick Van Dyke Show recalled the happy memories in a tweet to his tens of thousands of followers.

    When the city condemned the home in December, officials didn’t know the Van Dyke connection, Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said in July. The property’s last owner died in 2011. Lance Kirkland, Dick Van Dyke Foundation board president, said in a news release that the organization is working with Todd Regan, executive director of the Walt Disney Birthplace, to launch the new foundation, which will seek nonprofit status.

   Good things happen to people who want fair results…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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