I’m going to come right out and say it: I am completely uninterested in the movie “The Christmas Story.” This is unfortunate, because my husband’s favorite thing to do on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is to watch the all-day marathon of “The Christmas Story” on whichever network is running it this year. Imagine my dismay when I click open my laptop and head to CNN as part of my morning routine, and find a front page (of the website) article about leg lamps from the movie. Good Grief (clearly, I would rather be watching the Charlie Brown specials). If my holiday nostalgia comes from Charlie Brown and the Rudolph pseudo-claymation movie, my husband’s comes from Ralphie, the lamp and the toy gun. All that movie makes me think about is sitting, cross-legged, on the cold school cafeteria floor, eating popcorn and drinking fake orange juice for movie day on the day before winter break. I was so consumed with trying to “wake up” my own legs (fallen asleep from sitting on the floor for hours), that I don’t ever remember any of the movie. Now, I find it mildly funny, but do not have the fanatical obsession that my husband has. He even has a pink bunny suit- well, he had it. I made sure to pack it up tight when we moved to Wilmington, and he still has not located it! I guess I can’t blame him for liking that movie and not Rudolph, because he looks just like the elf who wants to be a dentist in the Rudolph movie. Poor Joe! Joe the dentist-elf!
The Queensboro Connection
Here is how I connect Queensboro to the ghastly 1983 movie. The leg lamp
selling man mentioned in the CNN article, Brian Jones, bought the house
where the movie was filmed and turned it into a museum. He also began
manufacturing leg lamps after he got lots of compliments on the one his
parents gave him as a present. His museum receives over 30,000 visitors a
year, and employs 10 people, making Mr. Brian Jones an entrepreneur of the first degree. Not only does he do what he loves, but he makes a living at
it. Therein lies the Queensboro connection. Queensboro was founded by
entrepreneur Fred Meyers, when he decided there was a need for comfortable, custom-embroidered shirts like the famous French Lacoste polo. Tired of the holes in his shirt resulting from unraveling the alligator from the left chest area, he started making his own shirts, which sold like hotcakes because they were comfortable and customizable. In one of his shirts you could be at once part of a trend and an individual. Basically, both were entrepreneurs-embodying creative spirit, self-confidence and business savvy. They each saw a window of opportunity and jumped through it!
“Major Awards” from Queensboro
Today, Queensboro offerings have expanded quite a bit from the original pima pique cotton shirt Fred developed back right around the time when the movie came out, but we still focus on our small and medium-sized entrepreneurial customers. If you need to find some “major awards” for your employees, and would like to give them something they might actually use, rather than a leg lamp (though in all fairness, the leg lamp did not come from the movie father’s employer), head on over to the Queensboro website. I would estimate that your staff and clients would rather receive a custom embroidered attaché, cooler, stadium blanket or jacket than a leg lamp.