Tribute to a Young Man

Tribute to a Young Man (HM15PF)

Location: Shandon, CA 93461 San Luis Obispo County
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N 35° 43.418', W 120° 17.76'

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James Dean Memorial

His name was James Byron Dean. He was an actor. He died just before sundown on September 30, 1955, when his Porsche collided with another car at a fork in the road not 900 yards east of this tree, long known as The Tree of Heaven. He was 24 years old.
Aside from appearing in several Broadway plays, he starred in three motion pictures - East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant. Only "Eden" had been released before his death. Yet, before he was in his grave, James Dean was already a legend. Every day, somewhere in the world, at the cimema or on television, James Dean lives on. Cinema is no longer just celluloid.
Every day we find reminders that drama of James Dean is the theme that we live. He was a youth yearning for one precious touch of warmth between parents and their offspring. He was an individual struggling in this huge land of infinite promise and many races. He was a rebel searching for that cause we must all possess. This young man, seemingly ordinary yet possessing a talent and individuality that were unique in their combination, has come to personify a generation awakened.
Many are those who feel strongly that James Dean should not be forgotten. There are some things, like the hatred that accompanies war that are best forgotten. There are others, like the nobler qualities of Man, to which this young actor directed our attention, that should be preserved for all time.

James Dean is all the more with us today because his life was so fleeting. In Japan we say that his death came as suddenly as it does to cherry blossoms. The pedals of early spring always fall at the height of their ephemeral brilliance.Death in youth is life that glows eternal.
HM NumberHM15PF
Year Placed1977
Placed BySeita Onishi
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 6:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 744581 N 3956667
Decimal Degrees35.72363333, -120.29600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 43.418', W 120° 17.76'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 43' 25.08" N, 120° 17' 45.60" W
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Area Code(s)805
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19215 CA-46, Shandon CA 93461, US
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