This is my home, sort of. I'm standing on the porch of a modest yet majestic hillside sanctuary in Astoria, Oregon where we filmed, "The Goonies."
This place has become a destination point, a site for pilgrimage by cinema fans the world over.
The movie is about children who love their homes so much that they fight to protect them. I love this place so much that I was willing to lead my friends through a perilous, almost deadly journey to find enough treasure to save it. For me and for many, this place is a touchstone of our childhood.
On behalf of all Goonies I tell you that today, our home is under siege again. This time it's not real estate developers but fans of the film, most gracious, some obnoxious who are threatening the peace of this sanctuary.
To all who would journey to see her, "The Goonies House" needs rescuing. She needs room to breath from adoring fans and tactless and insensitive trespassers.
There are many places from which to view the iconic landmark. The Goonies museum and Astoria Tourism office can direct you to them.
It is a charming home filled with love and good memories. It's ugly and unfair to take advantage of the good will of the private owners.
In New Zealand, the late great legendary climber of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary lived in a modest home. His phone number was listed in the book. He was on the New Zealand 5 dollar bill, yet he could live in the open and at peace, surrounded by a community that revered him, in peace, because he was treated respectfully.
The current owner of the Goonies House is entitled to respect and common courtesy. So, it's my childhood home, sort of, and I'm telling everyone to BACK OFF!!!
To Warner Brothers, Steven and Dick, I know how much the Goonies means to you, for different reasons, so if there's anything you can do to help establish an appropriate tourist outpost in concert with the city, I know our millions of fans would be grateful!!!