June 26, 2006

Uncommon Fondas

My father was here recently and one evening while we were discussing movies, he mentioned that he enjoyed the recent Yours, Mine and Ours. Having not seen it, I asked if it was anything like the original which I had seen several years ago. My father, as it turns out, hadn't even known there was an original, so I gave a brief synopsis of the plot and mentioned that it starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

At these words, my six year old's ears perked up. "Henry Fonda? Is he related to Peter Fonda?"

My son is not, as it happens, a fan of Easy Rider, but has seen Thomas and the Magic Railroad more times than is good for anyone (actually seeing the movie once is more times than is good for anyone, but we won't delve further into that). The Thomas movie stars Peter Fonda and though Peter hasn't made nearly the quantity or quality of films that his father or sister have made, among the short set in our family, he is the famous one.

One truly terrible film has ensured Peter Fonda's fame for years to come -- with the ten and under crowd anyway.


Isn't that the way of it? Alas, any good I have done in my life is not nearly as memorable as the... other things.

Posted by: Patricia at June 27, 2006 12:42 AM