JH NEWS AND GUIDE – Harrison Ford, longtime part-time Jackson Hole resident, supporter of causes and friend of Chewbaca, has been named the latest recipient of a prestigious conservation award.
The actor will receive the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award, given periodically by the Murie Center, the center announced last week.
The Murie Center, which became a program of Teton Science Schools last October, said Ford has narrated many environmental documentaries, including the film “Arctic Dance,” which told the life story of Mardy Murie and her husband, Olaus. The pioneering conservationists lived much of their lives in Jackson and at an inholding in Grand Teton National Park that is now the Murie Center headquarters.
“Arctic Dance” was produced by Jackson Hole filmmakers Bonnie Kreps and Charlie Craighead, with Ford narrating.
Ford “has been key to both amplifying the legacy of the Muries as well as bringing mainstream attention to important global conservation issues for more than 25 years,” Science Schools vice president of advancement Patrick Daley said in release.
Ford also serves as vice chairman of Conservation International.
Mardy Murie is often called the “grandmother of American conservation” and her husband did important work studying elk and coyotes. The two campaigned for the creation of the Arctic National Wildlilfe Refuge in the 1950s, and after Olaus’ death in 1963 Mardy continued an effort that led to a doubling of the refuge’s acreage and protection of more than 104 million acres of other Alaskan wild lands.
Mardy Murie received the presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton. She died in 2003 at age 101.
The Murie family also included two other important wildlife biologists, Adolph and Louise, who besides being husband and wife were Olaus’s half-brother and Mardy’s half-sister.
Previous recipients of the Murie Award have been Addie Donnan, one of the founders of the Murie Center; Drs. George Schaller and Robert Krear, field biologists and conservationists who traveled with the Muries on the 1956 Sheenjek Expedition that led to creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Gretchen Long, a founder of the Murie Center and now a board member of the National Park Advisory Board; Luther Propst, founder of the Sonoran Institute, a leader in sustainable water, land use and community development work; and Jackson Hole native John Turner, a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and assistant secretary of state of oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs.
Since becoming part of Teton Science Schools the Murie Center has continued “to bring people together to inspire actions that preserve nature,” Daley said.
Teton Science Schools began in 1967 to offer outdoor education. Besides the Murie Center in Moose, the school has a 900-acre Jackson campus for its pre-K through 12th grade Journeys School and maintains a graduate program near Kelly in Grand Teton National Park.
COLLIDER – When Indiana Jones 5 hits theaters on July 19, 2019, franchise star Harrison Ford will be 76 years old—but that doesn’t mean Indy 5 spells doom for the titular adventurer. After rumors of reboots and casting replacements swirled, Steven Spielberg confirmed in March that he will indeed be returning to direct Indiana Jones 5 with Ford in the starring role once again, and while the filmmaker has two other movies to make before then, he’s already teasing a bit of the story.
As part of an in-depth and enlightening profile of the director over at THR, the filmmaker seems to suggest that fans will respond to Indiana Jones 5 better than they did Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull while also promising that there will be no Indy death scene a la Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
Spielberg says he’s “super excited” about [Indiana Jones 5], dated for July 2019: “I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans.” He won’t reveal plot details, except this: “The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it.”
Frequent collaborator David Koepp, who penned Jurassic Park as well as War of the Worlds, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and yes, Crystal Skull is on scripting duties, but curiously left out of the Indy 5 crew when it was announced was George Lucas. It remains to be seen if he will return to produce the sequel—tradition follows that Lucas comes up with the Indiana Jones stories and Spielberg directs—or if he’s really left showbusiness for good. Whatever the case, he and Spielberg remain best buds so I’d be shocked if he wasn’t at least consulting on the project in an unofficial capacity.
E NEWS – Harrison Ford really does have a soundtrack to his life—it’s the iconic music of the Indiana Jones franchise.
“That damn music follows me everywhere,” Ford cracked last night at the American Film Institute Life Achievement gala honoring composer John Williams. “They play it every time I walk on stage, every time I walk off a stage. It was playing in the operating room when I went in for my colonoscopy.
“I was walking down a crowded street in New York a couple of months ago and there was a big fire truck stuck in traffic that I passed in the opposite direction,” he continued. “Some guy leaned out of the cab and gave me one of those [Ford makes a groaning noise]. By the time I got to the end of the truck that music was blaring out of the loud speakers in the truck!”
Other presenters at the star-studded event at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood included Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Drew Barrymore, Kobe Bryant and Seth MacFarlane. Famed conductor Gustavo Dudamel led a small orchestra playing music from Schindler’s List.
“To play a character graced by John’s music, of course, is a real gift,” Ford said. “Music is the spice, it’s the salt and pepper in every film recipe that brings the whole thing together.”
Williams has won five Oscars after being nominated a staggering 50 times. His other works include Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and so many others. He is the first composer to be given AFI’s Life Achievement Award.
Lucas recalled first discussing Indiana Jones with Spielberg. “Steve and I sat on the beach to talk about the story of Indy and instantly we both said at the same time, ‘John has to write the music,'” Lucas said. “Steve said, ‘Great, that’s the most important part. Let’s go have lunch and we can write the story later.'”
SIERRA CLUB – Award-winning actor Harrison Ford and author Douglas Brinkley are the latest to join a long list of well-known scientists, writers, actors and other thought leaders in calling on the Obama administration to reconsider plans to remove grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region from the endangered species list.
“We are writing to thank you for your leadership on climate change and to ask for your help: Yellowstone grizzly bears are in grave danger,” they write in a letter to President Obama.
“Your administration has regrettably taken steps to strip the bear’s federal protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), opening up a grizzly bear trophy hunt on the edges of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone’s bears are a remnant and isolated population. They must be allowed to wander safely outside of Yellowstone National Park.
According to multiple reports, a funeral scene most likely filmed in Dubrovnik in Croatia will have major repercussions on the political landscape of the galaxy…
DORK SIDE OF THE FORCE – According to multiple reports, a funeral scene most likely filmed in Dubrovnik in Croatia will have major repercussions on the political landscape of the galaxy…
When Kylo Ren — formerly known as Ben Solo — drove his plasma bladed lightsaber through the heart of his father, Han Solo, it was one of the most shocking moments in Star Wars cinematic history. It set a darker tone to what had been a more or less lighthearted Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Now according to some digging by Vine Report, it would appear as if Han Solo’s death will have far reaching repercussions throughout the galaxy.
“Han’s life may be over but “The Force Awakens” will definitely not be the last time that the fan-favorite smuggler will be referred to in the future installments of “Star Wars.” In fact, rumor has it that the upcoming installment in the space soap opera will have an emotional funeral for General Solo and will be a venue for the start of political talks in the galaxy.”
This all vibes with what we reported two-months earlier, when photos of citizens of an as yet unnamed planet were dressed in black robes and a galactic-type police force was seen filming scenes.
I’m trying to get all of Harrison’s projects up-to-date but some of his older projects are hard to find. Unfortunately I found a few that were only MQ but at least they were available.