March Update

Hey Jewel Fans!

This month’s post commemorates half a year of magic shared with all of you, and we here at the Archive are so grateful for your support.  Please continue to share your memories with us, and stay up to date on the fun and excitement through our many social media outlets!

Before talking site updates, we wanted to backtrack almost a month and wish everyone a (belated) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ronnie made this amazing image, and Chris is obsessed with it.

Ronnie made this amazing image, and Chris is obsessed with it.

Also, we wanted to say Happy Birthday to two amazing voice actors who worked on the show!

First up is John Beach, who celebrated his birthday on March 5th.  You know him as the voices of Drake and Archie!

John Beach

And second is Princess Gwenevere herself!  Jean Louisa Kelly (Gwen’s voice actress for Season 2 of the show) celebrated her birthday on March 9th.

Jean Louisa Kelly 2

We hope both of them had truly magical birthdays!  And don’t forget, if you want to celebrate your birthday with us, remember to join The Circle of Friends!

In other updates, last month Chris and Ronnie were able to connect and meet up with Lisa, author of January’s guest post.

Chris, Lisa, Ronnie

Chris, Lisa, Ronnie

She was gracious enough to share several fan treasures with us!

Colored foam forms!

Colored foam forms!

This DVD is autographed by Broadway actress Kerry Butler, who played Gwen in S1.

This DVD is autographed by Broadway actress Kerry Butler, who played Gwen in S1.

Kerry Butler DVD

A fun story – some of you may remember a trivia contest held on the Amazin’ Adventures website during the original run of the show.  Lisa was actually a winner of this contest, and shared this memory.

Even though it was official, it seemed like a pretty small contest.  It was mentioned in an obscure corner of the Amazin’ Adventures website requesting the participant’s email address to enter.  After a few days, I received an email with five or six multiple choice trivia questions about various episodes from the first season.  Even though they were multiple choice, I still had to type out my answers since it was a text-based email, so I tried to be as detailed as possible.  The only question I still remember was which enchanted instrument Tamara was presented with in “Song of the Rainbow” because I hadn’t seen that episode yet, so I had to guess.  Fortunately, I picked the correct option of “a harp,” even though I mentioned in my email that I hadn’t seen the episode.
A few days later, I got an email back saying that I was a winner because I had answered all the question correctly.  I was a lot happier knowing that I had won than I was with the prizes.  Since there weren’t any details about how many winners there were, I can only assume that they gave a prize to everyone who answered the questions correctly.  They wouldn’t be able to do that today with the massive popularity of fandoms and social media.  There would have been an overwhelming number of correct trivia entries, so they would have had to pick the winners at random and offer bigger prizes.  At the time, online contests were more obscure, and I doubt there were many other entrants.
A week or two later, I received a small packet in the mail containing a single pack of Jewel Riders trading cards and a glitter pen with a monochrome pink stamp of the “Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders” logo subtly placed in the center.  The pen was filled with water, so that the glitter would float around when you shake it, which was a very popular trend in the ’90s.  The pen itself barely had any ink in it to make room for all the water and glitter.  It ran dry so quickly that I was hardly able to use it, which is why I don’t still have it today.  I recall that it also had a long pink string around it so it could be worn as a necklace, but I wasn’t a huge fan of that feature since it’s a bit awkward to wear a bulky pen around your neck.
Overall, I was happy to have won, especially since I had to guess one of my answers, but the prizes definitely could have been better.  I seriously doubt I had many other competitors in the contest.  The odds of winning something like that today would have been nearly impossible.

Do any other fans out there have similar memories of this contest?  We’d love to hear your experience too!

It was super fun to talk Jewel Riders with Lisa for a few hours, and we want to extend an invitation to anyone visiting or living in California to drop us a line.  We’d love to meet other Jewel Riders Fans!

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For our site update this month, we’re featuring the script to “Badlands!”   This is the Fallon highlight episode for the first season, and introduces her parents Alfred and Winerva, both Craftmasters.  Again, this script seems to be from a point at which several things were still in development.  Queen Anya is Queen Adrianna, Moondance is called Moondancer, Tamara is Harmony, etc.  One of the most exciting things is that this is the first time we’ve seen a name for the bear that pulls the Crystal Carriage: Chooga!

Friends Together, Friends Forever!

~Chris & Ronnie

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