The Golden Age of Hollywood

Well, folks it looks like I'm going to have to throw in the towel and admit defeat. I just don't think I have the desire or energy to keep this site up and going anymore. If it was just my own interest waning I would deal with that and keep things going as long as the members were willing to foot the bill, but the activity level is at the lowest since the site has opened and I doubt I can raise enough fund to pay the bill this year. As much as it pains me to say so I really do think GAOH has had it's day in the sun and is now ready to retire.

If anyone is interested in taking over and trying to rejuvenate the site then you can contact me and I'll consider it but in all likelihood GAOH will be closing it's doors when the bill comes up in July. I just don't see a way forward from here that is worth the effort, time and energy it takes. Sorry to be so negative, but things change and I think I'm ready to move on.

Kevin

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Comment by Stephen T. Spray on June 27, 2016 at 2:25am

Say it isn't so. I just joined a few weeks ago. I have been collecting motion picture books, photos and film history information for years, but this site has some great stills, photos and other information I have never found previously. Hope you don't throw in the towel, but if you are determined to do so, I hope you find some way to archive this golden age goldmine. 

Comment by Rodolfo (Rudy) Carreon on June 21, 2016 at 7:25pm

Wow!  Every year about this time, I look forward for the call for donations to keep this site going regardless of the rising cost.  And, it seems that those previous calls have always been answered quickly and sufficiently to keep the site working.  Granted, although I was more active years ago, I still check back in at least 4 to 5 times per year to research or to read the latest information.  I have always viewed this site as an archival think tank managed  and supported by a very research talented and information savvy membership.  Let's not forget the great detective work that some of you have contributed in finding and answering numerous questions about films, casts and other great trivia.  Face it, this site has had it's ups and downs but has always managed to survive.  Please keep it running.

Comment by kareng on June 17, 2016 at 7:50am

Thanks for your comments, Andrew. So glad you decided to voice your feelings and opinion.  Its so nice hearing what a new, younger member has to say about the state of things here at GAOH.  So many people join and I feel I don't hear a whole lot from them at all, so we don't get to know them.  So thank you for your response.  I agree with you that it just wouldn't be 'the golden age of hollywood' to change the theme of the site.  Besides, there's always been opportunities to discuss other things - whether they be unrelated to film, or about modern or foreign film, or TV, cartoons - in the groups, or at member's own pages, or via the private GAOH mail system, etc.  I can honestly say a lot of conversations I used to have with people here when there was a lot more interaction between members, was certainly not confined to classic films.  Have had some great digression conversations here that were most entertaining.  Such a lovely place to chat to like minded people from all over the globe. 

Comment by Andrew on June 16, 2016 at 6:06pm

Being a relatively new member and having been absent from here for the last two months, perhaps I shouldn't even say anything, but I think I will anyway. I would hate to see this site end. I discovered it about six months ago, and have really enjoyed it, though today is the first time I've been on here since April. I agree that it is sort of like an encyclopedia. The knowledge of dozens of researchers and fans pooled together. I never contributed much, but maybe that's because I was too busy learning. I hope that somehow GAOH can be revived, that interest will be renewed, and that it will live on. 

That said, I understand if the time has come to put it out of it's misery. Hopefully some of the information here can be saved by someone, and it won't be lost forever. May the friendships forged here also continue.

R. I. P. Golden Age Of Hollywood.

It has been pointed out that maybe new interest could be generated by expanding to include more recent films. And while there are plenty of great new films to talk about, one reason this site is unique is because of the focus only on the golden age of Hollywood. To do so may bring in the younger generation, however there are some of that generation who already like old Hollywood. I'm only twenty and yet I have loved and enjoyed classics films since I was young and my family would watch Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, and the Tarzan series.

I would like to give a thank you to all the members who have contributed over the many years this site has lived, its been fun and educational.

Thank you.

Comment by kareng on June 11, 2016 at 9:56am

Rosie and John, you couldn't have put it better.  I go back to 2009 here, and at the time it was so wonderful to find this site out there in cyberspace.  I felt I'd finally found people who understood me and I understood them, after living alone in the world that doesn't understand the love of the classic old films.  I do think in recent years theres a resurgence in interest about old movies, particularly silents and precodes.  I would be so sad to see GAOH vanish too, and am happy to help contribute to the continuance of this unique site.  I too LOVE having people here to talk to about the oldies!  This site is truly a treasure trove when it comes to movie information in the posts and pics from the years active.  I have learnt so much about classic films here, and silents and precodes, film noir and many more genres.  There's nowhere else like the community here. Great people, and a 'family' feels to it in content and community.  Kevin, it would be so sad to see the end of GAOH.  I hope there's another solution. Maybe like John says, to extend the scope of the site could help bring renewed interest to new and existing members alike.  I appreciate the time I've spent here and the wonderful people I've 'met'.  Its been an absolute pleasure, and I thank you so much for creating it and keeping it going for the time that you have, Kevin.  I understand your feelings about maybe its time to move on, etc. at this time in life.  Just if there was a way of keeping this wonderful place alive, would be great too.  I love it being a part of my life.  Best wishes, Karen

Comment by Rosie Sayer on June 10, 2016 at 5:16pm

How much does it cost per year? I can't stand the thought of losing this wonderful site. Please send me a message with some info on what is required to run this site.

The focus on classic films is what makes this site interesting. I am one of those avid TCM-watchers and old movie buffs, and I NEED people to talk with about the oldies! That's what brings me here. My memories of this site go back to 2008. It's an important part of my personal history that I would hate to see vanish.

Comment by Kenneth Walker on June 4, 2016 at 5:46pm

Kevin, I too am extremely sorry to see the site fold.Unfortunately I have neither suggestions or more important, funds to help forestall  the closure. I will thank you for the effort you made to keep it going. Best of luck for any future endeavors. Thanks again for the memories.

Ken Walker

Comment by John Frederick Ackroyd on June 4, 2016 at 5:37pm

  Kevin, I'm so sad to hear you are proposing to shut down our fantastic site. The GAOH is quite unique as you know and I don't think there's anywhere on the Web to surpass it. Surely there must be a solution to keep it going, even if it means it's most loyal participants each sign up for a yearly subsciption to keep it afloat financially..As regards to it not having much activity recently, maybe we could incorporate contemporary movies by changing the title and whereby possibly courting and encouraging the younger generation. When you scroll back the pages and read the postings right from the beginning of the site, you find a rich seam of knowledgable enlightenment reminiscent of a film encycleopedia.  

 The site represents a wonderful legacy worthy of the filmmakers and actors of yesteryear. Lets hope we can resolve our dilemma. Best wishes, John.

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