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Ed Asner: A class act

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s reception Sunday evening for the cast and crew of the film “The Christmas Card” was a smash hit. The star of the evening was Ed Asner, as gracious a man as you’ll ever meet. Everyone who was there sought him out and he gave every one of them a few minutes of his undivided attention. He joked, he growled and he entertained. He was especially upset that the New York Times he bought on Sunday did not include the New York Times magazine. (I’m pretty sure I have found one for him.) People lined up to have their photos taken with him and he obliged them as well. The movie’s producer, Lincoln Lageson, and the rest of the crew were also very friendly. I didn’t sense one bit of Hollywood elitism. In fact, many of the crew members were going to bowl at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley after the reception. Many of us, of course, have fond memories of Ed Asner’s character in the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and then “Lou Grant,” where he played a tough-as-nails newspaper editor. At one point on Sunday evening, he was poking me in the chest and telling me what kind of editor I need to be. I am hoping today that some bruises will appear. He’s also done scores of other movies, both for television and the big screen. “The Christmas Card” is a Hallmark movie that will debut next winter. Most of the movie has been shot in Nevada City although some scenes are being shot in Grass Valley and in Los Angeles. It’s about a soldier who receives a Christmas card from Nevada City while serving in Afghanistan. When he gets to take a leave, he decides to find the person who sent him the card. The movie’s producer told me that a special showing could be held in Nevada City on the same night the movie premiers on the Hallmark channel.

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