Moving mentions of Wolfe.
The 1972 German docudrama Erinnerung an einen sommer in Berlin [Memories of a Summer in Berlin] was released on DVD by Studio Hamburg in 2011 (ARD Video). First broadcast on TV during the week preceding the 1972 Munich Olympics, the program is based on Wolfe's 1936 visit to Berlin and to the Olympic games--or dramatized scenes of his version of events in You Can't Go Home Again as George Webber (portrayed by American actor Burt Nelson). The program also features archival footage and interviews with Heinz Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, Albert Speer, Leni Riefenstahl, William L. Shirer, and others.
A television ad running in the Asheville area in 2013 for Harry's on the Hill, an automobile dealership on Patton Avenue, notes the history of the firm, focusing on original owner Harry Blomberg's purchase of the Old Kentucky Home in 1941. The ad features three photos of the house, including the well-known 1937 image of Thomas Wolfe and his mother on the porch.
Blomberg (1904-91) was a childhood playmate of Thomas Wolfe's. At the time he purchased the property on Spruce Street, it was owned by Wachovia Bank and Trust because Julia Wolfe had been unable to keep up the payments on a loan (although she had been allowed to continue living in the house). Several years earlier, Blomberg had leased the back part of the lot from Julia to use for his business, and within a few months of purchasing the entire property from Wachovia, he sold the house to the Wolfe family. He kept the back portion, which included his garage, Harry's Motor Inn. Blomberg's lot was purchased by the state of North Carolina in 1981, and the garage was torn down in 1992. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial Visitor Center now occupies that area. For more information, see Jan G. Hensley's "Saving Dixieland" in the 2004 Thomas Wolfe Review.
Even space aliens read Thomas Wolfe: In "At All Costs," an episode of the Stephen Spielberg-produced science fiction series Falling Skies, first broadcast by TNT on 24 June 2013, one of the alien characters laments the fact that he has never seen the home planet of his people, a species known as the Volm. As he looks skyward to indicate the general location of the planet, he describes it as a "most weary unbright cinder." The phrase is from the proem to Look Homeward, Angel: "O waste of loss, in the hot mazes, lost, among bright stars on this most weary unbright cinder, lost!"
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|Title Annotation:||Notes; Thomas Wolfe|
|Publication:||Thomas Wolfe Review|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2013|
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