Oscar meets Orville on road to awards ceremony
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent February 10, 2013 11:02PM
"Just you and me eh Orville?" said Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas while sitting down to pose with an Oscar statue and the sculpture of Orville Redenbacher during a stop on the Oscar Road Trip at the Central Park Plaza Sunday, February 10, 2013, in Valparaiso, Ind. The genuine Oscar statue is traveling across the country to help promote the Academy Awards on February 24th. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media
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The Oscars will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 on ABC Channel 7. This year’s host is Seth MacFarlane.
Updated: March 12, 2013 6:28AM
VALPARAISO — Oscar, Orville. Orville, Oscar.
It was a meeting of the metal men Sunday at Central Park Plaza, as the golden statuette Oscar met the bronze Orville Redenbacher, part of Oscar’s travels before the Feb. 24 Academy Awards.
Dozens of people lined up in the blustery damp to get their picture taken with the two icons — one famous for his popcorn, the other famous as an honor bestowed upon the stars — and for the chance to be in a documentary about Oscar’s cross-country journey.
Valparaiso was a natural stop for the trip, said comedian and official Oscar Road Trip reporter Ben Gleib, who added the city is the popcorn capital of the world.
“Movies would be nothing without popcorn,” he said of the snack, which was offered to the waiting crowd.
The statuette on tour will eventually be handed out during the Academy Awards but not this year, Gleib said, adding the road trip is sanctioned by the academy and includes stops coast to coast.
Gleib and Oscar stopped by Valparaiso — the smallest city on the tour so far — on their way from Indianapolis to Chicago, where plans include going to the factory where Oscars are made.
“Oscar is going to meet his parents,” said Gleib, who sat down for a picture with Orville and Oscar while he ate a bag of popcorn.
Various local dignitaries, including Mayor Jon Costas and Stu Summers, the city’s economic development director, posed with Oscar and talked with Gleib about popcorn and the city.
Mostly, though, the crowd was just people from the area who came to check out Oscar. That included Joyce and Dennis Trelinski of Munster, who brought a couple statuettes of their own, which they purchased on a trip to Los Angeles five years ago.
“We thought we’d bring them today to see what happened,” Dennis said of the Oscar-like figurines, for “best couple” and “family of the year.”
The couple posed with the real thing and even got a quick interview with Gleib. Joyce said she and Dennis saw real Oscars in glass cases in L.A., but never got to touch one. The real one, she added, was surprisingly heavy.
“I felt like a movie star,” she said.