A huge collection of odd TV memorabilia needs a home
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mr James Comisar is the first to acknowledge that more than a few have questioned his sanity for spending the better part of 25 years collecting everything from the costume actor George Reeves wore in the 1950s TV show Superman to the entire set of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson chat show.
Then there's the pointy Spock ears Leonard Nimoy wore on Star Trek and the guns Tony Soprano used to rub out a mob rival in an episode of The Sopranos. "Along the way people thought I was nuts in general for wanting to conserve Keith Partridge's flared pants from The Partridge Family," the good-natured former TV writer says of the 1970s sitcom as he ambles through rows of costumes, props and what have you from the beginnings of television to the present day.
"But they really thought I needed a psychological work-up," Mr Comisar, 48, adds with a smile, "when they learned I was having museum curators take care of these pieces."
A museum is exactly where he wants to put all 10,000 of his TV memorabilia items, everything from the hairpiece Carl Reiner wore on the 1950s TV variety programme Your Show Of Shows to the gun and badge Kiefer Sutherland flashed on 24 a couple TV seasons ago.