…sits a picture of me. It sits honoring me. It sits in an honored space near Ron’s beloved collection/exhibit of Hamilton/Burr historical artifacts/memorabilia in The Ron Howard Museum aka Ron’s Private Museum aka Ron’s Hidden Museum.
Ron, his family and the community honor me.
Ron creates a most honored place near this prize collection holding me in the light of greatness during a time of great strife, difficulty and danger.
He honors me as a historian who carefully studied he and his family’s lives and set it to print with piercing honesty, pain, love and humor.
The photo generates different feelings for different people who see it. One insider who disliked something I did looked at my photo with a grave distain. I don’t fault her for that. It’s important that I express it here, as this distain alerted me to my photo and this honoring in this museum. Virtually all others expressed admiration and love with a sense of wonder and excitement when approaching my photo.
Close family signed the exhibit dedicated to “Ed” at the bottom of the wall housing the picture for which I am honored and grateful. The significance of signing at the bottom initially lost on me separates my photo by physical distance from the photo to impart a sense of humility to the signer and the observers. This extends even further as the signers had to crouch, deeply bend or sit at floor in order to sign. This is not lost on me as I watch my family do this.
Ron’s honored signature sits on the wall nearest to the photo toward the bottom right assuming the patriarchal mantle of director of this family and community, as such serving to honor me and expressing the closeness and bond between the two of us which developed into an ultimate partnership in this lengthy battle for the safety and security of heaven, earth and hell.
I am again truly honored and grateful to all.
NB: A piece of Ron’s Hidden Museum including his exhibit of Hamilton/Burr historical artifacts can be found in the, “Got Milk” commercial featuring Ron in the commercial and centers around the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
Side Bar: The “Got Milk” commercial opens on a beautiful older car… no accident…Ron did a number of great early films that centered around cars; American Graffiti, Eat My Dust and Grand Theft Auto. I’m not a car guy but I suspect it was used in Grand Theft Auto. This would tie Ron in with the commercial. Ron, like Hitchcock, likes to ID his work in some way, this would be the way with this commercial.”