Well, ladies and gentlemen, I did it again…
Despite prior research, I neglected to do proper RECENT research. Sad news: the International Cryptzoology Museum is closed this week because they are moving to a new location. Grrr!
On the way out of Portland, though, I did discover this.
That’s a JOHN FORD STATUE- Pleasant and Center, Portland, ME.
John Ford was a classic film director best known for westerns (Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, to name a couple) and other notorious films (The Grapes of Wrath, one of his four Academy Award winners How Green Was My Valley, and others). John was born in Portland, ME, directed many great films, and… now appears to be permanently directing traffic at this crazy five-point intersection in town.
Ignore the unappreciative man sitting behind John talking on his cell phone.
Fun factoid: Before WWII, Ford reported to the government on Japanese activities while sailing around the South Seas and participated in aerial surveillance during the war. In other words, John Ford was a spy!
The short pillars around him name and briefly describe some of his greater-known works in film. Because the only way to actually get a good picture of this statue is to stand in the middle of the crazy five-point intersection in downtown Portland, these will have to do. John Ford is not worth dying for.
Until next time, dahlings…