Monday, August 24, 2009

First the Hair Goes, Then the Museum

The Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum is one of the largest celebrity museums in the country...for the moment.
The not-for-profit museum opened in 2003. It houses a collection of movie and sports memorabilia including a Canoe from Deliverance, a key to the city of Piggott, AR, and Fred Biletnikoff's last jar of Stick-um. It is also home to the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre (yes, with an "re").
However the building that currently houses it in Jupiter, FL (on US1, across from Chili's) has just been sold and will be torn down. Although 2500 square feet have been set aside for non-profit space in the new development, there is no guarantee the museum will get that space. "The museum needs to be more than acting classes, photos of Burt Reynolds with Loni Anderson, and canoes used in filming Deliverance," said Nick Mastroianni, a spokesman for the developer.
Perhaps Mr. Mastroianni was not aware of Fred Biletnikoff's jar of Stick-um.

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