Jim Stiehl from Salem, IL
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Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
Retired orthopaedic surgeon, founded a medical device company that will feature a new wound healing system that I have patented.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Hershey's chocolate bars.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
The brilliant commentary on great movies that tells you the what, how, and why of the movie business. I once took a VP tour of MGM Studios (sponsored by one of my UCLA Ortho colleagues) and I have been hooked on old movies ever since. I actually saw the spot at MGM where it is alleged Katharine Hepburn pitched herself to Spencer Tracy.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
First of all are the 'farces', i.e. anything that Bill Powell did.
Second, are the epic shows, like Mrs. Miniver, who Winston Churchill stated saved England.
Finally, the Christmas Comedies, and It Happened on 5th Avenue, that always leaves you with wet eyes. This was the inspiration for today's Hallmark Channel.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
Greer Garson was the movie dame of all time. She was extremely talented as an actress, dancer, and film star; but always beautiful and gentle. She was good enough to win an Oscar, but suffered from a life-long difficult lumbar spine problem.
Her life was punctuated by a rich legacy of philanthropy and prominence, founding theaters in Dallas and Sante Fe and enjoying the horse business with her final husband for many years, a Texas oilman. She had the fine life so many of us wish these talented movie people should have had, noting that Queen Elizabeth awarded her an OBE.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Ronald Reagan and I would ask him, "How did you do it?" He grew up in Galesburg, Illinois and other little nearby towns, and who would have thought he could become a success in Hollywood, then revolutionize the world we live in. I expect he might have said, "I was just myself." That would be enough. He always used common sense and did everything with highest character. He is a real tribute to your industry.
What do you collect?
I am fond of decorative arts in the home, and have collected fine pieces from all over the world, not necessarily expensive, but very unique and beautiful. My mother-in-law was quite a collector.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
It Happened on 5th Avenue.
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