It’s Groundhog Day here in the United States, where supposedly if a groundhog sees its shadow on this day, it means six more weeks of Winter; no shadow means an early Spring. While tons of people today are buzzing about the predicted early Spring — courtesy of the most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow — I love how there are loads of people wishing actor Stephen Tobolowsky a Happy Groundhog Day via his Twitter page.
Tobolowsky starred as Ned Ryerson in the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, which had Bill Murray as meteorologist Phil Connors, who begrudgingly goes to Punxsutawney, PA, to cover the Groundhog Day festivities, as he does every year. When a blizzard hits the town, Phil gets stuck there overnight and wakes up the next morning to discover that it’s February 2 all over again. This then happens every day, with Phil reliving the events of February 2. Thanks to the film, “Groundhog Day” has become associated with replaying the same events over and over again.
Tobolowsky has said that he’s often still recognized as Ned Ryerson and today, he’s written a piece over at Moviefone about how the film changed his life, including recounting several Ned-related fan interactions.
Be sure to give it a read, bing!, then head over to Tobolowsky’s Twitter page to wish him a happy day. And then do it again… and again… and again…
FYI – Image above is the 38 Days of Groundhog Day, by artist Derek Eads, which illustrates every day that was shown in the film.
[This article is dedicated to my Doomsday Mama, who frequently hears me proclaim “Groundhog Day!”]