Did Collingswood Diss Native Son Michael Landon?
Collingswood's bronze marker for Michael Landon was discovered in the borough dump. Do you agree with Collingswood's decision to take it down?
Collingswood’s biggest Hollywood claim to fame is Michael Landon, but is the town turning its back on the late actor?
A bronze marker honoring Landon, patriarch of the Little House on the Prairie family and an alumnus of Collingswood High School, was found by a resident in the borough dump, according to local newspaper The Retrospect.
It seems, according to The Retrospect account, that Collingswood removed the stone base and marker this fall during the Knight Park cleanup. There were concerns the stone base stood at unsafe height for children playing on the nearby playground equipment.
And now Collingswood isn’t interested in the marker, The Retrospect attributed Mayor James Maley saying.
The bronze marker went up in 1997 in honor of Landon, known as Eugene Orowitz when he grew up in Collingswood. A private fundraising effort paid for the marker. Landon, who also starred in Bonanza and Highway to Heaven, died in 1991 of metastasized pancreatic cancer.
For now, the marker will remain in The Retrospect’s Haddon Avenue offices, the newspaper said.
What do you think?