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Dear Friends and Fans of the Field of Dreams and the Ghost Players
I want you to help promote the Field of Dreams projects. My goal is to let the City Council know that residents, non-residents & businesses realize that the development of the All-Star Ballpark Heaven complex will ensure the preservation of the Field of Dreams movie site. I hope to let the council and media know how this magical place benefits people locally and around the world.
Let the City Council and Media know your opinion. It is easy. Send emails with your opinions and stories to: email@example.com. I will share the replies with the members of the Dyersville City Council and media outlets.
Others care because many have personally experienced the magic of the Field through visiting and/or interaction with the Ghost Players. Many want their children or grandchildren to have that chance too. I am wild about the work my friends did as Ghost Players and am wild about the Field of Dreams. Your replies and the development of the All-Star Ballpark Heaven complex will help preserve the famous movie site.
Your voice is needed. You will make a difference. Please send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your heart-felt comments can be short or long. You might state that you want the Field of Dreams movie site preserved for people today and for generations to come. You may want to tell a personal story or mention how you think this change will benefit Dyersville. The City Council will value them.
This is not a petition. It is a way for you to support an amazing part of our culture.
As I was getting this note ready to send you my brother, Scott from California, sent me this note. I love the serendipity of the timing so I thought I would send it to you too.
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events.
He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.
The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
– Bertolt Brecht
“In August of 1997, on my 60th birthday, I dressed up in my Dad's 1925 wool baseball unidorm. He was a White Sox fan. We attended the Field of Dreams that day. I got to bat and run the bases, which was a dream come true. My daughter enjoyed it and will now get my Dad's bat.
While there, a visually impaired youth sat in the front row of the bleachers. His mother told him what was going on as the Field of Dreams team was on the field. Then something unusual took place, the Field of Dreams catcher, I think it was Marv Meier, came over and took the youth be the hand. He took him to the batters box and held the bat with him, and then asked the pitcher to throw the ball. The pitch came in, and the boy [with the help of the catcher] hit the ball. Marv took him by the hand and they raced to first base [SAFE] was the call. Then as others batted they went on to second, then third. Then the batter hit the ball, Marv took the kid by the hand and they raced for home plate. About ten feet away, Marv said "slide" and the boy hit the dirt and slid home - and the umpire yelled SAFE. The crowd stood up and cheered. The Field of Dreams team gave that young boy a memory that will last a lifetime. I remember the day so well, as it showed the character of the members of the team. What a great day it was for all of us. What a great asset the Field of Dreams is to Dyersville, and the entire area. Please keep the Field of Dreams for future kids and their dreams.
Sincerely, J. C.
“I lived & taught in the Dyersville area from 1970-80 and have often been back to visit, which during warm weather usually included a trip out to the Field of Dreams. The local residents had such pride in showing it to visitors. It was delightful to see... almost every time I went, there were license plates from a variety of states and families with little children up to bat... each getting as many strikes as they needed to hit the ball so that they could say they'd done it on the Field of Dreams!! I hope this tradition can continue & expand; it's such a wholesome form of entertainment in our modern world that has few such forms available.”
Thanks you, Sister, OSF
“Preserving the location is important to many people, not just from Iowa.. but from everywhere.”
Executive Director - DocMiami International Film Festival
“The Field of Dreams movie site is a pleasure to visit. Turning it in to what the new buyers are intending to do will allow children of all ages to experience the magic of the Field of Dreams. I would hope there will be some kind of museum about the movie there.
One of my favorite scenes is the end when the people of Dyersville and the surrounding area are making their way in their cars to the field. If you build it, they will come.
“The Field of Dreams continues to touch and inspire the lives of people all over the world. Every September we send a group of students from Kagoshima, Japan for a culture program at Clarke University in Dubuque. This program has been in existence for about 15 years and the tradition each year is to have all of the students watch the movie, Field of Dreams, in Japan before the trip and then, of course, trek to the field and have a catch when they visit Iowa.
The movie symbolizes so much of what is great about American culture and a visit to the field is a dreamlike experience that is never forgotten.
Is this heaven?”
“So many stories and memories revolving around the Field of Dreams and the Ghost Players that I don’t know if I could pick just a couple. What I do know is what the movie and the current and former owners have done for Dyersville and the surrounding area in the past couple of decades. Now, the owners have expressed, it is time for someone else to take over the reigns and breathe new life into the place that has done so much for our community. It is incumbent upon all of us to assist in the process. We can not afford to sit back and lose this opportunity. It may not come our way again.”
Executive Director - Economic Development Corp
“I was there in August of 1998 with a friend. I hope to come back sometime and bring my wife. In 1998 the complex was actually two parks, and it did seem awkward, but did not detract from the magical feeling I had. I lost my father at the age of 35 when I was 5 years old in 1969.
My friend Bill played catch with me on the diamond, and we still have a VHS tape preserved. One of the last things I remember with my father at such a young age was him teaching me baseball. With my friend playing the part of "dad" we reenacted the scene ourselves, "Dad can I have a catch." Between that and the music playing and the ghost players coming out of the corn field, the hair standing on my neck feeling is quite unbelievable.
As City Official myself, for the people and the town to not combine a partnership to preserve the site for the thrills of people world wide, as well as potential economic and tourist development would be a major mistake that you willingly realize once you have made it and the opportunity is gone.
Do not lose your mystic! Best wishes,
Alderman, Ward-5, City Council, Illinois
“I live in Manchester, a neighboring town to Dyersville and the Field of Dreams. We frequently visit the Field of Dreams when we have visitors. Our children and grandchildren from Texas, California, Japan and Chicago area and Switzerland enjoy coming with us to visit the Field of Dreams. They enjoy playing a bit of baseball with anyone there. We always also enjoy seeing where all the other cars are from . Always from states all over the United States and always 15 to 20 cars there. We can come at anytime and never need to worry about it being open. It has been so nice that no fee is charged and there is no organization on limits on how long you stay or what you do. We play a little ball, check out the cornfields and picture each other coming out of the cornfield. We sit and watch others playing and then we usually go to the souvenir stand and our guests pick up a t-shirt or whatever and we leave happy with the whole atmosphere.
Take care – Joe Scherrman