SMITH: History Channel stars will pick their way through George Smith's treasures

  • PC: George Smith in front of the Post Office that he buit on his property that he call Georgetown.
    11/22/2001: B2-B: George Smith sits in front of the Post Office that he built on his property that he called Georgetown.

Sorry for the short notice, but Guy Smith of Graton learned only the other day that the episode of "American Pickers" featuring Georgetown, his family's landmark Old West set and Hollywood museum, will play Monday night on The History Channel.

Late last year, Guy had a swell time showing the program's Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz and their crew the world-class collection of movie memorabilia, cars and fascinating junk amassed by his late father at the family's Graton ranch.

George Smith, who died at 82 in 2000, had bought just about anything that tickled him while he worked as a film extra, then a set builder, then an MGM scout.

"What he really collected was people's lives," Guy said. Attached to every item his dad displayed and admired in Georgetown was a story.

Guy was pleased to have the treasure seekers from "American Pickers" come in and shop because, one, it was a gas, and two, he can use some cash to help care for his mom, Joyce.

A History Channel promo for the episode at Georgetown says:

'Like a Hollywood back lot, Guy's jaw-dropping collection includes an entire village built from scratch. It's the pick of a lifetime where every building is packed with classic cars and vintage movie memorabilia. Mike and Frank get first crack at a lifetime collection that includes the biggest collection of leather aviator helmets they've ever seen.'

Guy said the guys asked a lot about his father. They were interested, too, in Guy's trips as a kid to the ranch of a nice guy named Clark Gable.

"I didn't know he was a movie star," Guy said.

Parting with some of the items the pickers bought was bittersweet. There was a fine, old leather chair that his father's mother had loved to sit in.

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