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Memorial Project NewsThe fans of Guy Williams are a sturdy, resourceful and determined bunch. In the last two years, several successful efforts spear-headed by various fans and fan groups have resulted in wonderful tributes to Guy's memory. Click on the links below for more information and photos!
We hear that other projects are in the works. As soon as they become reality, we will post them right here!
|GUY WILLIAMS ADDED TO BRONX WALK OF FAME
While Guy grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, he was born at Mount Hope Private Hospital in the Bronx. (The hospital is no longer standing, a public school is now at its old location, on E. 176th Street.) In 1999, a handful of loyal GW fans started a campaign to have Guy included in the 2000 induction of the Bronx Walk of Fame. Through patience and persistence, they succeeded. The award was presented by Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer at a black tie dinner on May 20, 2000. Guy Williams, Jr. represented his father at all the festivities, including appearing as Zorro in a parade on the Bronx's Grand Concourse. Today, the Guy Williams, Bronx Walk of Fame, street sign is on Grand Concourse and 152nd Street.
|THE HOLLYWOOD STAR FOR GUY
On August 2, 2001, a long-pursued dream came true when over 200 fans, friends, fellow-cast members, members of Guy's family, and the press gathered on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA for the unveiling of a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Guy Williams. Unbelievably, and despite his significant television work on "Zorro" and as Dr. John Robinson on "Lost in Space," Guy had never been given a star in his lifetime! It was through the hard work and wonderful efforts of fans, family members and other supporters that this was finally accomplished. The happy weekend included reunions of all kinds, and many Guy fans meeting one another for the first time. Today, you can see the star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of La Brea Boulevard in front of the Bank of America. The star is there forever now!
|THE FAMILIES OF FREEDOM SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In the wake of the tragedies of September 11, 2001, one of the many charity projects established was the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. It is dedicated to raising contributions to support the education of children who lost parents at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. During his lifetime, and particularly during his years in Argentina, Guy was active in charity work on behalf of children. In 2002, a few of his admirers initiated the design and production of several limited edition commemorative items that were made available for purchase. The proceeds generated resulted in a substantial contribution, in Guy's memory, to the FOFSF. For more information on this wonderful charity, visit their website at www.familiesoffreedom.org
A BENCH FOR GUY IN CENTRAL PARK
The bench is located just east of Central Park's Sheep Meadow, near the Columbus statue. In late October, 2002 a number of fans plus Guy Williams, Jr. and Janice Cooper Williams gathered for the festive official dedication.
Photo manipulation of Guy Williams as Zorro on the Bench for Guy kindly provided by Vivi. Thank you.
REMEMBERING GUY AT THE MISSION OF SAN LUIS REY
After months of fundraising to help support needs and maintenance of the Mission, fans of Guy gathered in August, 2003 to dedicate a bench in Guy's memory on the Mission grounds. It was a wonderful day of celebration and commemoration amongst friends and members of the Williams family. If ever you are in the San Diego area, we recommend a stop at the Mission, to see a wonderful historical site from Old California, as well as to sit on "Guy's bench" near the Mission belltower that Zorro once scaled.
To learn more about the Mission of San Luis Rey, go to http://www.sanluisrey.org
Photos courtesy of Jill and Sue, thanks!
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