... and he's the happiest man in the world!"
Today we celebrate the birth of one Edward Davis Wood, Jr., the man directly responsible for some of the greatest film moments of my life.
He challenged our notions of personal liberty and social acceptance as both Glen and Glenda. He turned the San Fernando Valley into spooky gator and octopus filled swamp land while giving the Monster a Bride. He bravely forsook exalted alien ruler tradition by jumping over Plans 1 through 8 and going right to Plan 9!
This was a great man. And there's not a statue, or a plaque...
Hey, he wasn't very good at what he did.
That's not the point, though. He LOVED what he did, and LOVED what he tried to do, and LOVED that he even tried.
Obviously, he wasn't afraid to love, or to try. I think more people should live by his teachings. Well... at least what he taught before he became really sick.
Eddie, I'm going to do my best to tribute you this year. It won't look great, which will be just perfect. It will look spooky.
And hopefully, some guests will walk away realizing, as you did, that perfection is in the mind of the beholder.
Edward D. Wood Jr.
(1924 -- 1978)
And for everyone else following along, please head to The Ed Wood Project Fan Page on Facebook. We're trying to raise funds to give Eddie a cenotaph (that's a headstone or marker even if there's no remains) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where his wife Kathy Wood is buried. The land has been generously donated by the owner of the cemetery, we just need to purchase/create the cenotaph itself.
A toast... Happy Birthday, Eddie!