On the blog this time we will look at the true and false with Jimmy Stewart. I thought that since this week’s podcast features a story staring the man, we should learn about the man. So, I have created some true and false statements and you get to play along. Don’t peek ahead!
Question 1: Jimmy Stewart was a real general?
True: During the Vietnam War, he flew in a B-52 on a bombing mission to fulfill his duty with the Air Force Reserve. He finally retired from the Air Force on May 31, 1968 after 27 years of service and was subsequently promoted to Major General (two star general).
Question 2: Jimmy Stewart won medals during his service to our country?
True: He did indeed. The full list of military awards achieved by Stewart are: 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 4 Air Medals, 1 Army Commendation Medal, 1 Armed Forces Reserve Medal, 1 Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1 French Croix de Guerre with Palm. Amazing!
Question 3: Jimmy Stewart loved working with Orson Welles?
False: While the two did appear on several 50s, 60s and 70s TV shows they never worked on a large project together.
Question 4: Jimmy Stewart never won an Oscar?
False: How could you even think true! Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for The Philadelphia Story (1940) and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute.
Question 5: Jimmy Stewart was a poet?
True: One of Stewart’s lesser-known talents was his homespun poetry. He once read a poem that he had written about his dog, entitled “Beau,” while on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. By the end of this reading, Carson’s eyes were welling with tears.
There you have it! Some fun facts about James Stewart the military man, actor and poet. Thanks for reading the blog and supporting Ron’s Amazing Stories.
This Week’s Podcast:
On this this week’s podcast we meet Dr. Troy and have a classic western staring Jiminy Stewart. You can listen to this podcast this Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Friday night at 8pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
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