Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Question of the Day

From the Old Professor: At the beginning of Citizen Kane, Charles Foster Kane utters his last word — “Rosebud” — then shuffles off this mortal coil. For those of you who haven’t seen the film I won’t spoil it for you what exactly “Rosebud” is in the film, but the word has come to symbolize something from childhood or a simpler time that has been lost and you wish you could have back. So…

What’s your “Rosebud”?

It doesn’t have to be a thing… but mine is my first car; a 1965 Mustang 2+2, silver, three-speed. 289 V-8, AM radio, no air conditioning, and prone to mechanical failure every so often. But I was sixteen and I still remember the freedom and fun it gave me…and the youthful spirit I hope I never lose no matter how old I am.

Update: Speaking of Citizen Kane

Orson Welles’ personal working script of “Citizen Kane” sold for almost $100,000 Tuesday, but his Oscar for the 1941 film was withdrawn after bidding failed to rise above the seller’s minimum price.

Sotheby’s auction house said it immediately received inquiries about the Oscar and may consider selling it privately. The Academy Award for best screenplay had been estimated to fetch $800,000 to $1.2 million.

The Oscar for “Citizen Kane,” considered one of the greatest movies of all time, was believed to have been lost by Welles himself. It resurfaced in 1994 and was eventually acquired by the Dax Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charity. Proceeds from Tuesday’s sale had been earmarked for the organization.

Welles’ 156-page script, the last revised draft before the final shooting script, was sold for $97,000 to an anonymous buyer bidding on the telephone. Its pre-sale estimate was $80,000 to $120,000.