Either here or on our Facebook Page we've mentioned the first ever Lebowski Bash Australia. It occurred over the weekend, and I see from the internet that it was a big success. I know The Dude has fans in every country around the globe, but I was especially interested in this event because of a fellow achiever I met in Chicago at the first Lebowski Fest in that fair city back in 2008. He went by the name Aussie Achiever, and he really knew how to party.
Aussie Achiever kind of planned giant vacations around Lebowski Fest. I'm planning on taking a week off this summer, but Aussie would take off weeks to go skiing somewhere, and then swing around for a Lebowski Fest at the appropriate time. I can't say I knew the Dude very well. I didn't talk with him much in Chicago, but we did converse from time to time at the L-Fest forum. I must say it was saddening and shocking to learn he had died in a boating accident last year. His sister knew Aussie Achiever was obsessed with The Big Lebowski and the Fest so she posted a note one day informing us why her brother had been absent for a while.
So it comes with great joy and admiration to learn 600 fans and achievers bought tickets for the film screening in the land down under. Aussie Achiever was right - they DO love The Dude down there. I just hope they keep the spirit going. I'd like to think this is in honor of not just ol Duder, but Aussie Achiever as well.
EDIT: We got a reply from Ronnie "Treehorn" Tucker, organizer of the event. It's good to know ol Aussie Achiever is being remembered. You can follow the Lebowski Bash Australia conversation on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lebowskibash
An Open Letter Reply to "Lebowski Podcast", the source for Lebowski world news and conversation:
(Re: 'Aussie Achiever', Lebowski Bash Australia, Written by Chalupa
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 00:00)
I'm Ronnie 'Treehorn' Tucker (aka Dudeism's Arch-Bishop of Australia), and I'm the 'Founding Dude' and organizer of Lebowski Bash Australia.
I've been so very fortunate to get to know 'Aussie Achiever's' family and consider them friends. His loss was a tragedy and it's obvious how sorely missed he is to all who knew him here -- and clearly the world over; from Newfoundland to Pismo, down to Cooma, Australia.
He died--he died as so many of his
generation, before his time. In your
wisdom you took him, Lord. As you
took so many bright flowering young
men, at Khe San and Lan Doc and Hill
364. These young men gave their lives.
And 'Aussie Achiever' too. 'Aussie Achiever'. . .
who loved Lebowski.
Jim's spirit is strong however with 'The Dudes' fans Down Under -- and in some very important ways he's still been, and will be, very much a part of our all of our official fan celebrations.
'Aussie Achiever' had a considerable collection of Lebowski Memorablia; Lebowski Fest Posters, Bobble Heads, Dude Stickers, Special Edition DVD's, Dozens of T-Shirts, Books, Art, and even... an original fully cast signed 1998 first edition movie poster - Both Coen Brothers own John Hancock's on there as well.
Lebowski Bash Australia is deeply honoured to be now in possession of this considerable collection, and was extremely proud to display many of the pieces at our First Annual Lebowski Bash Australia. The fans we're genuinely thrilled and delighted to check-out and see so much much of 'Aussie Achievers' various What-Have-You. -- It really tied the event together. . .
On a personal note, I'd like to say that through-out this incredible journey over the last several months of brining Lebowski Bash to life in Australia, there is little doubt in my mind that 'Aussie Achievers' presence was felt by on a number of occasions... truly. Through the ups and down, strikes and gutters - and even helping keep the god damed plane from crashing into the mountain, on more that one occasion!
And so 'Aussie Achiever', in accordance with what we know to be a great honour for us all... the new Official Home, Movement, Event and Lebowski Fan Base thanks you -- the "Little, Aussie Achievers".
Take 'er easy, there 'Aussie Achiever'. . .
You're a good man. And Thurah.
Ronnie 'Treehorn' Tucker
Lebowksi Bash Australia