Sat February 2, 2013
The Spotlight: Movies

The Tobolowsky Files: Memories of Groundhog Day

I’ll bet you remember a time when it did actually snow in February. When the whole country was tired of winter and looked forward to a little tradition called Groundhog Day.

Right off the bat you may be thinking “Toe-ba-WHO?”or “Files? As in X-Files?”

(If in fact you are “seasoned” enough to even know what X-Files is, hint, it is not the 24th file in your alphabet cabinet.) For this moment I just ask you to remember that you are not a product of iPods, the bald Brittany Spears, or the mono-season. You do know the importance of Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow.

It’s in this place that you will remember and love Stephen Tobolowsky, better known as Ned Ryerson. Needle Nose, Ned the Head, got the shingles real bad almost didn’t graduate… You get where I am going with this.

Tobolowsky is best known for his role in the 1993 film Groundhog Day bothering Bill Murray as the aforementiond Ned. Throughout his career he has also appeared in over 200 movie and television shows. In addition to those movie roles he has his own podcast series, cleverly entitled the Tobolowsky Files. Tobolowsky shares numerous stories about his Hollywood life experiences in the series.

He speaks in great detail about what it was like for him as cast member of Groundhog Day, allowing the audience to share with him a time that he was excited, nervous, exhausted and vulnerable all at the same time. The series has a nostalgic yet humorous tone to it, which invites members to also revel on the simple traditions of their own youth.

It may not be as entertaining as the whistling belly button trick (remember that from the movie?), but Tobolosky’s stories about the classic that is Groundhog Day are definitely worth hearing.


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