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Dec 13, 2010
Bruce Campbell stars as Sam Axe in the USA Network original series BURN NOTICE. Tune-in for the two-hour season finale airing Thursday, December 16th at 9/8c.
While I'm a mostly-forward thinking guy, there is a shelf in my office, brimming with random items that remind me of events, incidents, or travels from the past. The memories these items represent aren't necessarily good or bad, just, well, memorable. The oddball things I cherish would mostly get a "huh?" from the average citizen. I don't have signed photos of myself with presidents, or a collection of first edition books. The items on my "tchotcke" shelf aren't there for anyone but me.
Some of the Character Approved items on said shelf:
1. The Fox Hat. I have a tattered baseball hat that I used to play catch with a red fox in North Carolina while shooting The Hudsucker Proxy. During a weekend ride along some coastal scrub land, I came across a very curious red fox and we spent a rather beguiling half an hour together playing fetch with my hat. He ripped it to shreds in the process, but I was happy to save it as a memento of our time together.
4. A piece of brick from the original foundation of Independence Hall. I was doing research for a TV pilot that required knowing the layout underneath Independence Hall in Philadelphia. (Don't ask.) Anyway, I was able to wrangle a guided tour under the hallowed building for a look around. It had been updated many times: central air conditioning was added in the '60s, and aluminum ducts had been rammed through sections of the original foundation, leaving numerous piles of brick bits. Oops, one fell in my pocket and wound up on my shelf.
5. A key to the city of Decatur, Ill. It came with a piece of paper proclaiming September 21, 2002 as "Bruce Campbell" day. Although grateful, my response to Mayor Terry M. Howley (who presented the key) was, "Slow day?" I have gone back to Decatur several times while touring because I love seeing the remnants of small town America, all anchored by the majestic Avon theater--a great old relic of bygone movie palaces.