U.S. Postal Service Honors "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" With New Commemorative Postage Stamp, August 11, 10:30 a.m.

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Ozzie and Harriet Nelson will be honored with a commemorative postage stamp as a part of the Early TV Memories stamps to be issued by the United States Postal Service. A First-Day-Of-Issue event will take place Tuesday, August 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, 5230 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. The event will be free and open to the public. Grandsons Gunar and Sam Nelson express the deep appreciation the Nelson Family feels about honor.

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson will be honored with a commemorative postage stamp as a part of the Early TV Memories stamps to be issued by the United States Postal Service for their renowned series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." A First-Day-Of-Issue event will take place Tuesday, August 11, 10:30 a.m., at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, 5230 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. The event will be free and open to the public. Each stamp is valued at 42-cents.

"I'm absolutely thrilled that they are now being honored by their own U.S. Stamp. I've always believed that the lives they led should be as inspiring to everyone else as they've been to me," says Gunnar Nelson, grandson of Ozzie and Harriet and son of Ricky Nelson.

"By example, they showed me that my family-the Nelson family-has never been merely in the entertainment business--we've always been in the CONNECTION business--and we always will be. I thank them for that. And, I thank the U.S. Postal Service for honoring them for it."

Sam Nelson, another grandson of Ozzie and Harriet and son of Ricky Nelson, states that "this stamp certifies the indelible mark "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" made on America. It is the culmination of years and years of hard work that transformed a simple show into a timeless treasure, and has resonated deep into the lexicon and psyche of our country. I am humbled and proud beyond words to be a part of the Nelson family, and to be a part of this extraordinary moment in our family's history."

Gunnar Nelson goes on to explain more about his grandparents and their influence: "'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' remains the longest running sitcom in television history. With warmth, character and love, the Nelson Family embodied THE American family ideal for generations of Americans and the world at large. Everyday I wake up proud of and grateful to my Grandpa and Grandma for their decades of personal sacrifices in order to brighten the lives of millions of friends and honorary family members they'd never have the pleasure to meet."

"Grandpa Ozzie wrote, produced, directed, edited and starred in all 435 episodes--a feat made all the more incredible by the fact that throughout, he remained infinitely approachable and was able to raise a great family at the same time. He remains the youngest Eagle Scout in history, had a law degree from Rutgers and was a shrewd businessman--as well as a funny, funny person. All that on three hours of sleep a night. I'm convinced he was part vampire."

"My Grandma Harriet was the glue that held my family together for eighty years. In real life she was every bit the incredible mom you always hoped she'd be. But, she was also the quintessential entertainer and professional--a career woman through and through. She's the only woman in the world that could have possibly kept up (and put up?) with Ozzie. They sure made people differently back then. I'm so glad we were friends."

Gunnar sums up the family's appreciation, "This stamp goes a long way towards giving them the recognition they so rightfully deserve. And, it commemorates their no less than awesome accomplishments, both personally and professionally."

In addition to the "Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" stamp, the 20 stamp set of Early TV Memories includes: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Dinah Shore Show," "Dragnet," "Ed Sullivan Show," "George Burns & Gracie Allen Show," "Hopalong Cassidy," "The Honeymooners," "Howdy Doody," "I Love Lucy," "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," "Lassie," "The Lone Ranger," "Perry Mason," "Phil Silvers Show," "The Red Skelton Show," "Texaco Star Theater," "Tonight Show," "Twilight Zone" and "You Bet Your Life." All are fond memories from television's "childhood."

For interviews with the Nelsons, contact: Sanford Brokaw, 310-273-2060

Links:
http://thenelsonbrothers.com/indexa.html
http://www.geocities.com/alcus2/nelsons.html
http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2008/pr08_136.htm

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