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Capra-vating

The legend of Frank Capra Jr. is like most of Hollywood ... to be taken with a wink and a smile, which Frank was tops at. Frank and business giant Dino hit up the State for millions in incentive money a decade or so before it became fashionable and the millions and millions in corporate welfare continued to roll in provding service and entry level jobs for a couple of hundred locals. It was brilliant. What is equally as brilliant is the hype that Wilmington has the biggest ... um.. what was the copy.. oh yeah, "EUE Screen Gems Studios and Wilmington have become the largest film production center east of California. " Well come on... anyone think Wilmington does more film work than New York? Or even Charlotte???? For Christ sake even Nashville beats out Wilmington. But these is the things legends are made of, glitter and glamour, excitement and star-studded folklore. Frank was truely a legend. I had the opportunity to know him when he first came to town and he was a delightful man. But he was also a good producer, he knew how to get people to see things the way he wanted them to, a magician of sorts... or as his big city boss said, "With his Hollywood pedigree and extensive experience as a producer, Frank was the perfect ambassador to Hollywood," "With his Hollywood pedigree and extensive experience as a producer, Frank was the perfect ambassador to Hollywood," Amen to that! RIP Frank!

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