Durn! I was hoping you’d run into my sister. She lives near there. If you do happen to run into her, tell I still have her Ramones record!Today, my wife and I went to the COSTCO out on Rosedale hwy. We had finished shopping and went by the meat counter to pick up the best buy in the whole joint a large fresh roasted chicken for $4.99! The guy who takes them off the rack was out on break, but we waited (along with about twenty other people) for him to come back. He was training a lady on how to check them for being done, and how to pull them, and place them in a package.
Anyway, if we had given up on the chicken, we wouldn't have met Jim White! THE Jim White that Kevin Costner portrayed in McFarland USA. I saw the guy coming toward me, he was wearing a white Disney Tee, with McFarland USA right below the Disney logo. Now since I was a kid for part of my life in McFarland, I just had to find out who would be wearing a Tee bragging about being from there! So, I stopped him and talked to him, and I'm glad I did. My wife came over, and we all talked for a bit.
He related to me that the movie didn't come to fruition for some fifteen years after the first talks of making it. Several production companies had kicked it around, until finally it really happened. We talked longer than I thought we might, and he shook hands with me I think the third time. I came home and looked him up on the net, and the guy I talked to was one and the same. I didn't try and take his pic, I thought that would have been a bit much, but he's a cool guy, he's a couple of years older than I am, but looks about fifteen years younger than me, ten for sure. I felt like something special happened to us meeting the guy. A McFarland boy making good (though he wasn't really from there) is always of interest to me.
BTW, I had to ask about Mr. Costner, 'cause I've watched all of his Yellowstone series. Mr. White said that Mr. Costner treated him very well and was a gentleman to be around. Of course, poetic license comes into play in making a movie, but Mr. White said they did the best they could to accurately portray the accomplishments of the kids.