She’s Just As Relevant Today

October 30, 2008

Forty years ago today, the world lost one of its most important journalists, Rose Wilder Lane. Amy Lauters, Lane scholar and author of The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, honors her on, with a nod to Rose’s political influence in light of the contentious atmosphere surrounding today’s election.


From the Legal Side of Things

October 29, 2008

This post from BlogHer blogger Megan led me to an interesting commentary on the legal ramifications of the Friendly Family Productions lawsuit. A commenter also mentions the recent Lizzie Borden case in Massachusetts, which Only Laura reader Dennis brought up as soon as the story hit the news. Although not quite the David-and-Goliath story of the Little House on the Prairie lawsuit, let’s hope someone is paying attention to that precedent.

A legal defense fund is being set up for the Little House on the Prairie Museum. More to come.

Laura Ingalls Wilder on Twitter

October 28, 2008

Laura Ingalls Wilder is all over the web with her own web sites, blogs, and email fan groups. Now she even has two identities over at Twitter: HalfPintIngalls, which is sassy and smarmy and enjoying a bit of notoriety, and the more sedate LIngallsWilder, where curiously she seems to be chatting with no one but her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane.

Little House Lawsuit on NPR

October 27, 2008

Late last week, the lawsuit made National Public Radio. Listen here.

(It’s just a two-minute segment.)

TV’s Almanzo On “Little House: the Musical”

October 21, 2008

Check out what Dean Butler has to say about the “Little House: The Musical,” which he and his wife saw this past weekend in the last two performances. I’m so pleased he made the trip.


Kevin Massey plays Almanzo with a quiet confidence and focus that is heroic and compelling …

For those keeping track, no, I have not posted my own detailed review yet. I’ve been caught up in other people’s. And I’m just not that good of a review writer. Is it enough to know I loved it?

Jezebel Weighs In On The Lawsuit

October 21, 2008

No new info, but the comments are priceless.

Jean Schodorf Clarifies

October 20, 2008

Jean Schodorf is Bill Kurtis’ sister and part-owner of the Little House site outside of Independence. I’m moving her comment to the top of the blog so no one will miss it.

And for the record? The original Little House on the Prairie has an excellent gift shop, well laid out and full of stuff you wouldn’t necessarily expect. I’m not one of those fans who has to have absolutely everything — God help my storage space if I were — but I still managed to leave with a couple bags full on my last visit. Good stuff.

Thank you for supporting our museum, the original site of The Little House on the Prairie. I just wanted to correct the statement issued by the attorney for the Friendly Productions. They wrote a letter where they offered $40,000 for the trademarks. In addition, we would have had to change the name of our farm, give them the website, and the trademarks, change our organization name and they would tell us what we could sell at our farm gift shop. We have some cute, nice little souvenirs about Laura and also books so that we can support our museum and pay expenses.

We wrote the Friendlys a letter saying that we were declining their offer, but we wanted to continue negotiations. They did not respond to our letter to continue to negotiate. However, we did receive a call from an LA attorney who wanted to know if we needed representation in LA. My director, Amy Finney, said no because we were in negotiations with the Friendlys. I asked her to call him back and ask why he had called, which she did. He was the one who told us that we had been sued and a complaint had been filed in federal court in Los Angeles. That is their definition of not wanting to interfere with the maintenance of the museum and also with their continued efforts to work out a settlement.

Thanks to all of you who care for Laura and her writings. Keep us in your thoughts.

Jean Kurtis Schodorf