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Discussion: What I want for Xmas (Thomas video)

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Dec 25, 2008 3:20 AM # 
15 years ago many Ontario orienteers were so 'inspired' by the Swedish Orienteering Federation movie (in English) titled 'Thomas the Orienteer' that we named our winter orienteering series after it (THOMASS). Now entering its 15th season, THOMASS is a handicapped system O race series but sadly lacks a link to its great leader - Thomas the Orienteer.

I would be very grateful (and it would make a great belated Xmas present) if somebody can track down this video and get it onto YouTube! Once you see it you will see why we cherish this video so greatly!
Dec 25, 2008 2:03 PM # 
While you're looking for "Thomas' how about finding "What Makes Them Run?' or the first orienteering film I ever saw, the Swedish 'Spik Pa'. It was dubbed in to English but still had the Swedish titles. All went well with the American military audiences until the Swedish word for 'the end' was superimposed over the image of the great Ulla Lindquist.
Dec 30, 2008 10:23 AM # 
This movie (Thomas Skärmfinnaren) was one of the first experiences I had of orienteering when I started in the mid-60ies. At the beginner´s courses in those days you always started to learn orienteering indoors for a couple of weeks - doing a lot of exercises on how to set degrees on your compass and such. So a promotional movie was certainly a nice break. I´ve seen it several times after that and it only gets 'better' with age ;-)

gordhun >> Yeah - I´ve heard those stories :)
Feb 9, 2021 6:19 PM # 
Did anyone ever find this film online? It doesn't come up in a quick search but I think I remember seeing it somewhere a long time ago.

I'm asking because I just found it on an old film reel that was stored for 20 years with some Orienteering Ontario files. I was expecting to find it posted on YouTube, which would make the film reel easy to throw out - but I may need to keep it around for Hammer's next Christmas gift. ;)
Feb 9, 2021 6:29 PM # 
OK, I've learned enough Swedish at this point that I got Gord's joke without having to look it up.
Feb 9, 2021 6:31 PM # 
Found something similar: Hörnefors Orientering 1962-1966 Del 1
Feb 9, 2021 6:50 PM # 
Thinking about it a little more, I may have seen "Thomas the Orienteer" at a GHO Christmas party so it may or may not have been online.

I found it with an Elmo 16-CL film projector. I threw out the filthy leather case but I'm going to pull it out of the garbage for now. It looks like Orienteering Ontario could almost cover our 2020 losses if we sell this thing!
Feb 9, 2021 8:22 PM # 
People are asking $300-$400 on ebay for the projector, looks like they're actually selling for $100-$200.
Feb 9, 2021 8:34 PM # 
I think I have a VHS version of the video. Need to get it onto youtube for sure.
It is a classic.
Feb 9, 2021 8:34 PM # 
@JJ: Ah, well. That would be OOA's only revenue in 2020 so any amount would do!
Feb 9, 2021 8:35 PM # 
@Hammer, if you find out, let me know. I'd like to get rid of the big film reel but not if you still need it for Christmas.
Feb 10, 2021 12:07 AM # 
Please under no circumstances throw out that film or the projector. The film must be digitized.
Feb 10, 2021 1:40 AM # 
Oh no, I’ll only throw it out if someone already has a good copy. It was kept in a damp garage for years so I don’t know that the projector will work. The film itself looks fine.
Feb 10, 2021 7:06 PM # 
Interesting revival of an old thread with my comment being the last 12 years ago ;-)
Feb 11, 2021 3:36 AM # 
I was wondering if it might be some kind of record! But knowing AP, probably not.
Feb 11, 2021 11:57 PM # 
The producer (?) of this film (Mats Harrysson) is on Facebook and according to a post I found in another forum he has already digitized it. It´s probably possible to contact him to get hold of a copy?
Feb 12, 2021 2:26 AM # 
That would be great, Bubo! I'll send him a message.

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