|George Bailey went to Princeton! Class of 1932.
We were surprised to find Jimmy Stewart, the star of the classic
Christmas movie: It's a
Wonderful Life hanging on the alumni wall of honor in the Nassau
Inn on Palmer Square. The discovery was a delightful holiday treat and
seemed the perfect denouement to our photo essay.
George Bailey, the main character in Frank Capra's 1946 film was based
on George Pratt, the Protagonist of The Greatest Gift, a story
written by acclaimed Civil War historian, Phillip Van Doren Stern.
Stern could not find an interested publisher so he sent the story out
to friends and family as Christmas gifts in 1943. Someone showed it to
Capra who remarked, "This is the story I have been looking for all my
Critics seem to agree that the movie is better than the book, but say The Greatest Gift
by Phillip Van Doren Stern is still very worthy of seeking out as a
warm, engaging read. Frank Capra himself had nothing but praise for the
We hope you enjoyed this journey through the Princeton yuletide as much
as we did. In the words of George Bailey, "Merry Christmas! Merry
Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas you
wonderful old Building and Loan! Hey! Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!