Museum curator Keri Leigh is anything but fly-by-night. In fact, she’s about as legitimate as they come. Her writing, her music, her history all show that Leigh is sincere in anything she undertakes.
Okay, how many are asking about Douglas Fairbanks? First, let’s get this clear, we’re talking about Douglas Fairbanks, Senior. That’s a crucial point in all of this.
Leigh fell in love with silent movies as a young child. In particular, she fell in love with Fairbanks and what he meant to the founding of the movie industry in America.
The naysayers can continue to rant all they want, but the fact remains the movie industry provides billions and billions of dollars to the American economy. Just think about it. How many people go to movies? Millions and millions. How do they get there? By spending money to make the trip. What do they do once they get there? Buy popcorn, candy and everything else. (Orville Rendnbacher’s relatives appreciate this very much.)
Entertainment in America, and in particular the movies, has changed all of us. We all have that favorite movie or movie star. Even the naysayers have that, though some might not admit to such a feeling.
Interestingly, in our economic recession of the past year or so, the movie industry has actually grown. It makes sense if you think about it.
The money is tight and people are trying to find affordable things to do. Movies provide such entertainment.
Many of us might not know this, but a lot of the impact of the movies can be traced back to Fairbanks. He had a vision, a purpose. And he put his money toward that purpose. People can talk all they want, but until they provide the financial needs, it’s just talk.
Fairbanks didn’t just talk. He was a visionary, a soothsayer, so to speak, when it comes to what would eventually come to pass. His visions have come to pass, and now Gonzales is a beneficiary.
Will this museum be the end-all for Gonzales?
Will it help things out? Certainly.
But there’s a more important point in all of this. That point is Leigh and Greg Jackson, her co-curator. These are human beings who have chosen to make Gonzales their home. That’s the real story about this museum.
That these folks have taken the leap and want to contribute to the growth and future of Gonzales is the real story. They want to make a difference and we should all welcome them with open arms.
We don’t have to understand the contributions of Douglas Fairbanks, though that would be good for us all. What we need to do is welcome these folks and tell them we appreciate them coming here and wanting to make a difference.
The baby steps taken by folks like this and many others might not make a huge impact all at once. But as they add up, just like the new clinic just down St. George Street from the museum, they all make a difference.
As Gonzales continues to evolve and grow, it’s going to take people like Keri Leigh and many others to make this a positive transition.
We’re thrilled to have Keri and Greg in Gonzales. We wish them well and will do whatever it takes to make their venture a success. We hope everyone will join us in that effort.