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*Jimmy Stewart gets a post office*




September 27, 2010

The Hill



*More than 70 years after "Mr. Smith" first went to Washington, Congress is giving legendary actor Jimmy Stewart his due, in the form of a hometown post office.*



The House will hold a suspension vote this week on a bill proposed by Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), to name a James M. "Jimmy" Stewart Post Office in the actor's hometown of Indiana, Pa.



Stewart's accomplishments go further toward deserving a post office than just his performances -- he served in World War II and the Vietnam War, achieving the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.



Stewart was a lifelong Republican, and he actively campaigned for Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, as well as donating to candidate Bob Dole. Stewart died in 1997.

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*Bill would rename post office for Indiana's Jimmy Stewart*





Published: Friday, October 1, 2010

Indiana Gazette



*Indiana has a Jimmy Stewart Museum, a Jimmy Stewart Boulevard and a Jimmy Stewart Airport.*



And next ? only a block from where Jimmy?s voice (mimicked by celebrity impersonator Rich Little) tells pedestrians when it?s safe to cross Philadelphia and Seventh streets ? Indiana is one step away from having a Jimmy Stewart post office. The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed H.R. 5606, a bill that designates the United States Postal Service at 47 S. Seventh St. in Indiana as the James M. ?Jimmy? Stewart Post Office Building.



?Indiana is proud of Jimmy Stewart and renaming the South Seventh Street post office in his honor is a fitting tribute to one of the most inspiring and patriotic actors of the 20th century,? said Congressman Mark Critz, D-Johnstown, who introduced the legislation in June.



The bill, which was co-sponsored by the entire Pennsylvania House delegation, must now be considered by the Senate before heading to the president to be signed into law.



In his presentation in the House, Critz noted that Stewart was born in Indiana in 1908; studied at Princeton University, where he developed his love of acting; and appeared in 92 films, television programs and shorts. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and became the first major American movie star to wear the uniform during the war. He flew 20 combat missions as a bomber pilot in Europe; co-founded the American Spirit Foundation, which helped to develop new approaches to public education; and died in California in 1997.

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This is truly silly. It's one thing to name a deli sandwich after a famous celeb...or in Beverly Hills, to name a street near Cedars Sinai after two celebs (George Burns & Grace Allen Way). But to go around and start renaming public buildings after deceased performers seems a bit much.


Whatever happened to just issuing stamps with their likeness? Is that not enough? And what is the deeper cultural significance of a Kate Hebpurn stamp being used at the James Stewart Memorial Post Office? Especially if it's a letter being sent to Philadelphia.

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