As I said last year at this time, the word “tribute” might be a misnomer. My goal is to create comprehensive Web “pages” for as many classic stars and directors as possible, both for those who recently died as well as those who are still living and might be able to appreciate the effort.
These pages include links to every dedicated tribute site, every page from major sites like the Internet Movie Database, reviews of their most important films, places to purchase those films, sources of posters, photos, and collectibles, fan club addresses, and fan mail addresses, if appropriate — plus a few words from yours truly.
I have no wish to duplicate the work of dedicated fans who’ve put together nicely-designed multiple-page tribute sites filled with fascinating photos and information. I’m more interested in helping you find those sites. I’m also open to suggestions, so if you know of any sites I’ve neglected, please let me know by email. I’d also be happy to hear your suggestions for future tributes.
I can only do one each week — and not every week, since there are other subjects that also need to be covered — but I hope to create many additional tributes in 2000, so feel free to give me your carefully-considered suggestions. In fact, I’ve added two polls at the end of this article to help you do just that.
Sometime this year I also hope to unveil a new feature, called Star Links, which will consist of a growing directory of relevant net links for as many classic actors, actresses, directors, and others as I can find. Keep an eye out for it.
by Fred Astaire
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