Binghamton’s Walk of Fame to Get New Home
I happened to be over at the Walk of Fame at the Metro center today when I stumbled upon a news conference. When I noticed every invitee looking at the stars on the walk, I knew it could be good news. And it was!
Finally, the Walk of Fame is getting a new home and much deserved respect! The 44 stars will have a new home at the Forum Theatre. The process of moving them has begun and will take about a month.
The Walk of Fame was born in 1989 after Rod Serling was given a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His foundation decided to dedicate a star back in his native Binghamton too. Since then it has expanded to include people from Binghamton who have made a substantial to the arts.
Sadly, in the last few years, foot traffic at the Walk's current location has dwindled and the pavement disintegrated. Last year, Johnny Hart's star was damaged by a snow plow and went "missing".
With the new location at the Forum, these wonderful testaments to important residents will be acknowledged and revered as they should be.
The City of Binghamton, Broome County, Friends of the Forum and the Walk of Fame Committee came together to right a wrong and did a great job. I can't stress enough how important it is to understand the legacy of these people and the history of this City.
There will be no more neglect or snow or worries about the stars. In their new home, they will shine year round. Finally.
On a personal note: when I moved here over four years ago, the Walk of Fame was one of the first things I discovered on my own. How many cities can boast one, after all? And it held the stars of two of my Dad's (and my) favorite people, Johnny Hart and Rod Serling.
Admittedly, tears came to my eyes when the press conference started. People actually cared about this amazing landmark. Don't take it for granted Binghamton: visit them at the Forum and learn about the names on the stars.