Did Collingswood Diss Native Son Michael Landon?

Collingswood's bronze marker for Michael Landon was discovered in the borough dump. Do you agree with Collingswood's decision to take it down?

Collingswood’s biggest Hollywood claim to fame is Michael Landon, but is the town turning its back on the late actor?

A bronze marker honoring Landon, patriarch of the Little House on the Prairie family and an alumnus of , was found by a resident in the borough dump, according to local newspaper The Retrospect.

It seems, according to The Retrospect account, that Collingswood removed the stone base and marker this fall during the . There were concerns the stone base stood at unsafe height for children playing on the nearby playground equipment.

And now Collingswood isn’t interested in the marker, The Retrospect attributed Mayor James Maley saying.

The bronze marker went up in 1997 in honor of Landon, known as Eugene Orowitz when he grew up in Collingswood. A private fundraising effort paid for the marker. Landon, who also starred in Bonanza and Highway to Heaven, died in 1991 of metastasized pancreatic cancer.

For now, the marker will remain in ’s Haddon Avenue offices, the newspaper said.

What do you think? 

john q public January 02, 2012 at 02:01 PM
amazing, I guess they missed the several HUNDRED pieces of telephone polls that were "planted" to keep cars from driving on the grass. They are not only higher than the plaque was, but also are technically enviromentally toxic; as they were treated with petroleum based products to prevent decay.
john q public January 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
well, as we know the mayor IS Collingswood - after all, it was Collingswood that built the "Blunderyard Condos" - remember when Collingswood voted for or against it? I don't.
john q public January 02, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I am surprised no one else mentioned this - Since when has Knight's Park been owned by the town? I always believed it was a non-profit entity.
Pat Grubb January 02, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I'm not from Collingswoood but I am a fan of Michael Landon. I think this sounds like the perfect solution. I hope the marker isn't trashed forever.
Recall Maley Now January 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
How can you tell when Mayor Maley is shading the truth? His lips are moving. Just one more example of an elected official who no longer feels responsible to those who he serves. It is past time to recall him.
john q public January 02, 2012 at 04:19 PM
the government knows what is best for you and your children LOL you need a license for a dog but no license for a child, figure that one out !!!!
Maria Vaz January 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Michael Landon should be more respected by the local authorities! I'm not the daughter of the town and even live in America! I am Brazilian, but I love Michael Landon! With him I learned to like the United States of America. He is loved around the world today. Disrespecting the memory of Michael is dishonorable to all those who love the culture of your country!
Linda Aquino January 02, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Sounds like a good idea. He was a good man and became famous. Why not be proud of the fact that he was from Collingswood! Shame on anyone that feels his marker should be trashed. Let's put it somewhere so it can be seen and appreciated. Scottish Rite Auditorium sounds appropriate.
Corinna January 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Since he was treated like dirt while he was growing up there (for the terrible crime of being Jewish) I guess nothing much as changed in Collingswood. Sounds like it is still a town overrun with people with pea-sized minds. Mr. Landon was probably the most worthwhile thing that place ever produced, and they want to repay him like that? It makes me sick.
Will Blazer January 03, 2012 at 12:13 AM
At least they didn't sully Michael Landon's name by attaching the plaque to The Blunderyard's parking garage. One more black eye for the former "Most Friendly Town in America".
Peeches January 03, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Corinna, I think your mixing up the people that live in Collingswood with the person who is the Mayor. It was the Mayor who did this, not the people. We The People of Collingswood have many, many issues with the Mayor and his decisions. This one doesn't hurt or pocketbook like most of his decision, but it does hurt our hearts.
K T Berney January 03, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I don't live in Collingswood, but I've enjoyed the work Michael Landon left behind in shows like Bonanza, Little House, and Highway to Heaven throughout my entire life, and I still do. He was a gifted man as an actor, writer, director, and producer, is well known and much loved through out the entire world. The actions of those responsible for hauling his memorial plaque to the dump and the remarks attributed to the mayor were extremely disrespectful and a collective slap in the face to the members of the Landon family for their generosity for giving the playground where the plaque was originally placed.
K T Berney January 03, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I agree 100%
Abbe Effron January 03, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I am the person (Abbe Effron) who raised the $1400 in 1996/97 by holding many fundraisers & accepting small private donations from former friends & classmates of Michael, & also many of his fans, including the ML Fan Club which gave me a huge donation of $500. I didn't think it was right for Cindy Landon, who contributed $6,700 for the Little Treehouse on the Prairie to also pay for the dedication plaque, but that the town should raise the money instead. I am beyond appalled that I wasn't called when the plaque was removed. The borough certainly has my tel.# because any time ML is in the news & the borough gets a call from the news media, they always refer them to me. I have taken tv stations, The Biography Channel & E! on tours of Collingswood of relevant ML landmarks. I have never minded & considered it an honor, but then where is the return consideration? I am going to try & contact the mayor tomorrow and convince him that the dedication plaque, which I wrote and Cindy Landon approved and which took 1 1/2 years of my life to make, needs to be put back into the ground (at ground level if that will help alleviate the safety concerns) right next to the Little Treehouse on the Prairie. That's where it belongs and that's where it was meant to be. One cannot exist without the other and how selfish it will look for Collingswood to say they want the piece of playground equipment and not the plaque telling who it is in dedication to. Thx everyone for your words of support.
DocnFloss January 03, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Once again Mayor Jim Maley feels that he can best determine what is best for all of us. Does his position as mayor give him the right to decide what is best for our town's park... a park that was a gift to this town and it's residents... a park that has a Board of Trustees to determine it's goals and priorities? That marker is a tribute to a Collingswood man that should be considered a role model to all of us. And the mayor's decision to remove this monument is certainly akin to defacing the gravestones of our predecessors. Why is the Knight Park Board of Trustees not 'taking this bull by the horns'... it should not be the mayor's prerogative.
Recall Maley Now January 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
If you want to really let Mayor Maley know we want our town back, sign the recall petition that has been quietly circulating.
john q public January 03, 2012 at 01:30 PM
well, unfortunately, the Board of Trustess are the same Maley supporters that continue to get voted back in again again and again
Lisa Dinella January 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Wow!! I can not believe this has happened. I'm embaressed too. Mr. Maley you and your crew should be ashamed of yourself. Total lack of respect to not only the Landon family but your own Collingswood family.....or so we thought. Please do the right thing and replace the monument to the park, not the Consistory. Also, you should pay for it out of your own pocket!!
Friend of Park January 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I agree. Last I heard the Knight Park Trustees knew nothing about this until reading about it in the Retrospect and are just as shocked and upset as the rest of the residents of the town. The plaque belonged with the playground. The Board never gave permission to have it removed. It is part of our Collingswood history and must be preserved someplace. I am afraid, though, if it were put back now someone would come along and steal it for a memento or for cash for scrap metal. By the way Doc, and John q public, don't judge the Trustees -- you obviously don't know them all very well.
Peeches January 04, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Can you enlighten us re: where this petition can be found.
Jay January 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Maybe there's an empty Blunderyard Condo or 10 that can house the plaque
john q public January 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I read an article in the Phila Inquirer this morning - and now it appears Mayor Mc Cheese has launched us into NATIONAL news - why to go, we really needed MORE negative publicity http://www.mail.com/entertainment/celebrity/948784-furor-nj-hometown-removes-landon-plaque.html#.23140-stage-set5-1
john q public January 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
where can I meet to sign the petition?
Peeches January 04, 2012 at 11:04 PM
It doesn't appear the site you directed me to, has all the comments the Mayor made as I read on this website. Sounds like someone is sugar coating things. For that woman to believe the Mayor keeps his promises is very sad. The Mayor has been promising me he will take care of something for more than 6 months. To date I am still waiting. Everything gets pushed to the back burner, by him and the Borough Administrator and staff. Alway depends on the Mayors crisis of the day. The heck with citizen call for his help. Now there is this crisis. Nothing better than AP covering the story that is unless Jay Leno gets a hold of it.
DocnFloss January 05, 2012 at 05:00 AM
To Friend of the Park: I am in no way disparaging the Trustees... and you are right, I do not know them. Perhaps I should attend their next meeting. I am just wondering aloud why Mr Maley feels that his mayorship makes him the king over our entire town. As a Collingswood resident of 30+ years, I am very well aware that there is a Board of Trustees that determines what happens in our park on many levels. If Mr Maley was so concerned about the safety of our children, then perhaps he should have presented these concerns to the trustees. Now however, I believe that it is time for the trustees to speak up - they are the official gatekeepers of our town's favorite recreation area and they alone have this mandate from the Knight family. And, as I said before, they 'need to take the bull by the horns'. And furthermore, calling for a police investigation certainly has the aroma of further mayoral frivolity. We already know who approved the removal of this monument - he personally admitted it to several sources. Now I guess, the mayor needs to find out how the plague got to the Retrospect... is he planning to punish the whistleblower or, perhaps, just attempting to divert the attention from himself?
Lifelong Collingswood resident January 05, 2012 at 03:27 PM
As I am disgusted by this whole thing, I can't stop laughing at the "safety hazard" this lil plaque could cause! No one was concerned that the old playground where the tree house is located was 20 feet from the lake? That wasn't a hazard because as parents, we watched our children and told them not to go near the lake! Just come out and admit you removed the placque and stop the lawyer twisting when bring interviewed! Please, you could take out an ankle if you didn't see it? Really?? The plaque needs to be with the treehouse because it says little treehouse on it. Secondly, the treehouse should be moved to the new playground, or is that not good enough now?
john q public January 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Mayor McCheese will be dumping a ceremonial shovel-full into the lake this spring, just like he's been handing Collingswood "shovel-fulls" since he got elected.
Lora Wimsatt January 05, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Hope this is resolved soon and respectfully. Michael Landon will always be remembered as man who made the world a better place. He deserves our continued appreciation. Here's a suggestion for the mayor as a way he can apologize for this situation: Place copies of the children's book "Michael Landon: The Value of a Positive Attitude" in the Collingswood Public Library (it's in the Value Tales series). I also like the idea of placing the plaque at the performing arts center ... that should settle any lingering concerns about safety.
Future Old Angry Italian Guy January 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Sometime this weekend everyone please meet at the Pour House. Good night.
Daniel Guerrero Prensa January 12, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Im ok with you in Michael Landon face we repudied this action http://www.facebook.com/MichaelLandon.yoteamo


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