Burt Reynolds – Cardinals Fan

My attempts to make Sunday a day of rest from Cardinal fandom failed.  My dad and I visited the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum, located at the junction of US 1 and Indiantown Rd here in Jupiter, FL.  The museum is unlike any I’ve ever visited. It basically houses everything anyone notable ever gave Burt, from his people’s choice awards to a canoe used in Deliverance (the one film where I find him to be a hottie), to autographed photos from everyone from Frank Sinatra to Luke Perry to tons of honorary deputy and sheriff badges. 

There’s a corner of the museum devoted to sports memorabilia.  Did you know Burt dated Chris Evert?  She gave him a trophy from one of her tournaments, and she had it engraved: "I won it for you."  In the sports nook, there were several pieces of Cardinal memorabilia. 

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There were three Stan Musial autographs – this poster was inscribed "Always enjoyed your restaurant".

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Mark McGwire donated an autographed photo, cap and bat.  The photo read "from one athlete to another."  You may recall Burt played college football for Florida State. 

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The museum has some art – oil paintings of Burt. Yes, Mr. Reynolds sure could fill out a wetsuit. 

A full report on the museum will be forthcoming on my pop culture site Ape Culture.

Congrats to the Cards on a 12-3 victory over the Marlins today!

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