Two weeks ago we reported
that Sam Nelson, the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Nelson, was intent on restoring and digitizing all 435 episodes of the legendary television show which made his dad, uncle, and grandparents household names: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
. As we told you, the ultimate goal is to raise $56,550 in order to accomplish this, and also to be able to perform the transferring of these episodes to DVD. Sam set this up as a project at Kickstarter.com
, where it shows that almost $20,000 has been pledged so far. Note, though, that the goal shows just half of that. Why? Here's the explanation in Sam's own words:
We do need $55,000, and $10,000 was just the starting point. Many Kickstarter projects set a low goal in order to get funding rolling, when in fact they do need more funds. Which explains why donors have pledged almost $20,000 already. That being said, there is no way to change the total amount as the project has commenced. (per Kickstarter rules). The sooner we raise the entire amount of $55,000 the quicker the restoration can begin, the final product will be more thorough, and most importantly the less chance there is for these film elements to continue to degrade.
Sam was impressed by how many TVShowsOnDVD readers came to visit his Kickstarter project page following our previous story, and has appealed to us to post this follow-up story to hopefully catch the attention of any fans who may have missed the first story. Sam respectfully points out that (1) Ozzie & Harriet
gets a boost for this month only from Kickstarter.com to help restore an American treasure, as the project has a required end-date of November 3rd (three weeks away), and (2) Kickstarter.com helps secure a Smithsonian induction for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
. That's something we're certain everybody can agree it deserves!
Sam says he has nothing but the utmost appreciation for the support thus far of TVShowsOnDVD and the site's readers, and promises if the project is successful and the DVDs move forward, he will of course keep in touch with us about the progress of those releases. We're excited at the prospect, of course, and we hope all of you are, too! But Sam's only 35% of the way there, as of this writing. Please be sure to drop by his Kickstarter page
and do whatever you can to help.