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SMITH: History Channel stars will pick their way through George Smith's treasures

The late George Smith in front of the Post Office that he built on the property that he called Georgetown.

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Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:25 a.m.

Sorry for the short notice, but Guy Smith of Graton learned only the other day that the episode of "American Pickers" featuring Georgetown, his family's landmark Old West set and Hollywood museum, will play Monday night on The History Channel.

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The late George Smith in front of the Post Office that he built on the property that he called Georgetown.

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Late last year, Guy had a swell time showing the program's Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and their crew the world-class collection of movie memorabilia, cars and fascinating junk amassed by his late father at the family's Graton ranch.

George Smith, who died at 82 in 2000, had bought just about anything that tickled him while he worked as a film extra, then a set builder, then an MGM scout.

"What he really collected was people's lives," Guy said. Attached to every item his dad displayed and admired in Georgetown was a story.

Guy was pleased to have the treasure seekers from "American Pickers" come in and shop because, one, it was a gas, and two, he can use some cash to help care for his mom, Joyce.

A History Channel promo for the episode at Georgetown says:

'Like a Hollywood back lot, Guy's jaw-dropping collection includes an entire village built from scratch. It's the pick of a lifetime where every building is packed with classic cars and vintage movie memorabilia. Mike and Frank get first crack at a lifetime collection that includes the biggest collection of leather aviator helmets they've ever seen.'

Guy said the guys asked a lot about his father. They were interested, too, in Guy's trips as a kid to the ranch of a nice guy named Clark Gable.

"I didn't know he was a movie star," Guy said.

Parting with some of the items the pickers bought was bittersweet. There was a fine, old leather chair that his father's mother had loved to sit in.

Guy said he was a bit sorry to see it leave Georgetown but at the same it pleases him to know it will start a new life somewhere else.

THAT'S SOMM-THING: "Somm," the documentary that follows four ambitious wine experts as they prepare for the exquisitely difficult master sommelier test, has been noticed by a major film studio.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the North American rights to the film, first screened publicly last November at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

The purchase by Goldwyn is music to the ears of USC and 1992 Santa Rosa High alum Brian Carmody, who composed the original soundtrack.

First-time documentary director Jason Wise traveled the world for the visuals to "Somm," including a visit to Sonoma's Hanzell Vineyards.

Watch for a release this summer.

1941, THEN 2001: For people such as Marie Sugiyama and Imam Ali Siddiqui, the attacks 60 years apart on Pearl Harbor and on New York City and D.C. had far more in common than the surprise.

Sugiyama will speak about her internment in a camp for Japanese-Americans and Siddiqui about the post-9/11 consequences to American Muslims on Saturday at a free Day of Remembrance Workshop at the Enmanji

Buddhist Temple in Sebastopol.

It starts at 1 p.m., it's hosted by the local Japanese American Citizens League and it promises post-conversation refreshments.

SING IT, SING IT: If you've ever envied the people swaying, clapping and singing their hearts out in a gospel, this is your chance to join in.

The 2013 Healdsburg Jazz Festival (healdsburgjazzfestival.org) is calling for folks of all ages, backgrounds and ability to join the Freedom Jazz Choir that will perform three times this May and June.

Accompanying will be the 19-piece Marcus Shelby Orchestra. Oh yeah, the sound will be big.

The first rehearsal happens Feb. 23 at Santa Rosa's Community Baptist Church.

It will be fun for anybody who passes outside and hears the freedom music, far more so for everybody who's inside and making it.

(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.)

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