Holy Terror Days

There was a lot of interest this summer in the twins who played Carrie Ingalls on the Little House on the Prairie TV show coming to Walnut Grove MN (http://www.walnutgrove.org), but it turns out that they were also in Keystone for Holy Terror Days (named for a local gold mine). They have had several people come to Keystone, SD from the TV show and I imagine the crowds are generally less because I rarely hear much about it until after the fact. Carrie lived for many years in Keystone and although her house burned down in the 1970s, you can still see a display of her things at the Keystone Area Historical Society, including what the people in Keystone claim is the original china shepherdess.  Read about the event here:
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/09/04/news/local/doc48bf6e041e2d4960671169.txt

and the Twins visit here:
http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2008/09/07/news/top/doc48c339c62dd07052573181.prt

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TV Show DVD Release

Normally I don’t talk much about the TV show, but I wanted to share this article.
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Little-House-Prairie-The-Complete-Series/10303

It looks like there is going to be a special collectors wagon package complete with 3 discs of extra features. No word if Dean Butler is producing them, but I hope that he is involved.

Where did Albert come from?

One of the biggest blows for TV show fans seems to be that Albert Ingalls did not exist in real life. Like many other characters and plots on the show, he came from Michael Landon’s imagination and I think probably in answer to a similar thought to one Dean Butler expressed in an interview from The Homesteader, “What’s Little Joe doing on a show with a bunch of little girls?”

Here’s what Landon himself said about the creation of the character shortly before his debut on the show. (The People article also features information about the other kids in cast and more background on the Laborteaux brothers, but you’ll have to get a copy for yourself!)
“Michael Landon’s Gutsy TV Kids Have Faced Bigger Problems in Life than on the Prairie” by Sue Reilly. People Weekly Sept. 11, 1978  This quote appears on p. 96.

“Patrick [Laborteaux] joined the Little House cast last year, and then Landon remembered a promise he’d made to some friends whose son was killed in a car crash – ‘that if I ever found a boy who had Albert’s qualities I would put him on the show and call him Albert.’ Matthew [Laborteaux], who had already played Landon himself as a boy in flashbacks, debuts this fall as Albert.”

UPDATE: Not a lot to update since I originally posted this. People are still asking where Albert came from and this is in my top 20 highest ranking posts. I can add that Patrick Laborteaux (Matthew’s brother) who played Andrew Garvey on Little House on the Prairie went on to play Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts on the series JAG. Today you can follow him on Twitter. Looks like he hasn’t check in lately, but when he has an upcoming project he goes active. https://twitter.com/PLabyorteaux

UPDATED January 14, 2016: I fixed some continuing space issues and updated the signature block.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Laura and the Half-Pints

I missed the debut of TV Land’s mockumentary “Laura and the Half-Pints.” I hadn’t seen it on their schedule when I found a reference to it being available on their website. I finally got it to see it. It’s funnier in concept than delievery, but I think “I’m on it like a bonnet” deserves to be a Laura fan catch phrase.

UPDATED March 4 2017

Laura and the Half Pints Screen Capture
Laura and the Half Pints Screen Capture

“Laura and the Half-Pints” features a “band” in the style of “Spinal Tap” who feature prairie dresses and beards. All of them are named Laura. It’s a heavy metal band – with no fiddle. Their goal is “to bring the prairie to the people.” It’s strictly based on the TV show. Sadly the mockumentary quickly disappeared after its original roll out.

I was disappointed when it first came out because we didn’t have cable in 2006 when it came out. I was finally able to find it when it was on their website in 2008 when I did this post to share it. I was looking to reblog this and discovered the links were dead. I thought maybe it had disappeared all together.

However, I was able to find the original press release for the debut. Also, the writer and producer of the show has clips available online. So watch the show.

Oh yeah, I’m on it like a bonnet.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.