Savannah Revisited #1

Riverfront, Savannah, Georgia

Riverfront, Savannah, Georgia

I was in Georgia’s “first city”  recently and was impressed with the impact that  a book and two movies made on Savannah.  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt, was a record breaking  New York Times Best Seller for 216 weeks.  It was written in 1994, and three years later, the movie was made. 

Savannah now boasts almost 7-million tourists a year, twice as many as before   Midnight was published.  As a comparison, Columbus, Georgia, which has a population about the size of Savannah’s, had 1.1 million last year.

The movie Forest Gump, which was nominated for six Oscars in 1994  did not have the impact of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but it did help.  The bench, on which Forest, played by Tom Hanks,  sat in one of the famous historic squares in downtown Savannah, is in the Savannah History Museum, which is housed in the old Central of Georgia depot’s warehouse and offices.

Paramaount pictures donated ths is park bench to the Savannah History Museum.  It was the one on which Tom Hanks sat at a bus stop. telling his story to different people waiting for a bus.  The bench appeard to be made of concrete and wood, like the ones in Savannah's 24 historic squares, but, it's not.  Paramount had one made of fiberglass so that it could easily be moved around.  There is a picture of Hanks from the movie placed on the bench.

Paramount Pictures donated this park bench to the Savannah History Museum. It was the one on which Tom Hanks sat at a bus stop. telling his character Forest Gump's story to different people waiting for a bus. The bench appears to be made of concrete and wood, like the ones in Savannah's 24 historic squares, but, it's not. Paramount had one made of fiberglass so that it could easily be moved around. There is a picture of Hanks and the suitcase he carried in the movie placed on the bench.

More on today’s Savannah,  tomorrow.
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