Academy Sues Over Mary Pickford'...

Academy Sues Over Mary Pickford's Oscar

There are 1 comment on the story from Sep 2, 2007, titled Academy Sues Over Mary Pickford's Oscar. In it, reports that:

“It becomes an article of commerce rather than a very prestigious award.”

Posted on 09/01/2007 10:26:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin AP) LOS ANGELES The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences is suing to stop the public sale of two Academy Awards given to silent film star Mary Pickford. via

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Eric Frankson

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#1 Sep 15, 2007
Dear Free Republic,
Your story on the Mary Pickford Oscar lawsuit omitted a very significant fact. The Oscar in question holds as much importance to the children in the Coachella Valley, California, as it does to anybody else involved. You didn't even check the facts to see who was really going to be damaged by the Academy's actions.
The proceeds of selling the Oscar would go directly to our local youth symphony. We've given hundreds upon hundreds of children the chance to learn the beauty and complexity of symphonic music because of the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony. But we are donation based, and in these tough times, a contribution of $500,000 to our organization would allow us to continue reaching out to all of our local elementary schools with our Beginning Strings Conservatory.
Last year we started over 300 children in free violin lessons. 300! 70% come from the poorest families in region. The Beginning String Conservatory and The Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony provide the only string instruction available to children in the valley.
When the public schools eliminated all of the string programs in 1997, the Coachella Valley Symphony, the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony, and the Beginning String Conservatory stepped in and gave the incredible gift of music to even the poorest of our valley's children. This has been a 13 year labor of love.
So the fact is, the Academy is hurting children with their actions. Period. If you only realized the pain this suit has caused the people who have been the driving force of cultural change in our valley. Good, honest, and self-giving people who care not only about the performance of symphonic music, but making sure the next generation also gets that chance.
It's not "the principal of the situation", like the Academy states. If that were true, then they would embrace the sale and our youth symphony. Your report has truly misrepresented the true story. That of Beverly Rogers, the true owner of the Oscar, whose dying wish was to leave a legacy of music and beauty for the valley, through the sale of the Pickford Oscar.
Please consider reporting our side of the story. A lot of kids need your support. The Academy can support itself. But if they block the sale of the Oscar, they'll do more damage then they even can imagine. Once again, the rich get richer, and the poorer get poorer.
What a shame.
Eric Frankson
La Quinta, California

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