Monday, June 11, 2012

Lloyd Alexander Day at Arlington Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA hosts a "Lloyd Alexander Day" every year to commemorate the life of one of the greatest fantasy authors of all time. Today, June 11th 2012 was the 4th annual celebration, and I got invited to come and film it for the Lloyd Alexander Documentary.

For Lloyd Alexander Day, the 6th graders from Drexel Hill Middle School are invited to come to Arlington Cemetery to hear a presentation by Christopher Tripoli, about Lloyd Alexander. The presentation talks about how Lloyd Alexander uses creativity and imagination to become a succesful author, and how others have used Lloyd Alexander as an inspiration to fuel their own creativity and imagination.

The students are then taken to the mausoleum where Lloyd and his wife Janine are. It is a neat event that is truly a legacy to the influence that this man had, and continues to have even after his death.  I'm glad that I was able to take a part in it. It was also wonderful to have the opportunity to meet one of Lloyd Alexander's granddaughters at the cemetery today.

Here are some pictures of the event:

We also got the opportunity to interview Christopher Tripoli for our documentary. What a great interview.  A few years ago when he started giving the presentations on Lloyd Alexander, he reached out to many people who knew Lloyd Alexander, or whose lives were changed for the better because of Mr. Alexander. Chris has researched Lloyd's life and learned a lot about him.

We then went to a few locations that are a unique part of the Lloyd Alexander story, such as Township Line Pizza, The Post Office, and The Fresh Grocer. These places may seem trivial, but there are fun stories about how they were a part of the life of Lloyd Alexander.

If you are interested in this film, you can still get involved. To get a copy of the film on DVD, or to find out how you can come to the premiere showing in October of this year go here.

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