Published “Love in the 90s” about grandparents’ love story
by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer
Keri Pickett is an alumnus of St. Francis High School, a member of the last class to graduate there in 1977. She grew up swimming all summer long in Green Prairie Fish Lake and then skating there all winter.
“I was in the Little Elk Anonas and earned purple 4-H ribbons for sewing and blue ribbons for pickles and jam,” said Pickett.
She helped assemble a 4-H cookbook, gaining early book experience.
Pickett, who lives in Minneapolis, attended St. Francis because a friend was going to go there.
“That decision changed my life because I had Sr. Judine and Sr. Elizabeth as role models,” she said.
After college in Moorhead, Pickett headed to New York City, where she got her start as a photo journalist for the Village Voice newspaper.
In 1995, Pickett published a book she titled, “Love in the 90s,” telling the lifelong love story of her grandparents, Bernard and Josie Blakey — B.B. and Jo.
Pickett had found the love letters her grandparents wrote to each other during their courtship.
“My grandpa was already gone,” she said. “I had to go back and look at the photos I already had and saw that the photos and letters would pair well.”
One of the book’s photos shows her grandparents hugging in bed, an iconic image which has found its way all over cyberspace. The photo’s authenticity can be verified only by watermark.
Pickett published two books in the 2000s before taking on her first film project, a documentary covering a century of theatrical ice skating, “The Fabulous Ice Age.” The extensive collection of skating artifacts and memorabilia highlighted in the film belongs to Pickett’s uncle, former ice show star Roy Blakey.
“His life and his quest to collect and save this history is the thread that weaves all the chapters of the ice show world together in the film,” Pickett said.
The collection includes more than 26,000 items — posters, programs, costumes, toys, paper dolls and even popcorn boxes — dating back to the 1910s.
The film shows Blakey and skating legend Dick Button poring over the costumes, photos and other items. It explores the golden age of touring shows such as the Ice Capades and the popularity of figure skating as a sport and an art form.
The collection includes more than 26,000 items — such as posters, programs, costumes, toys, paper dolls and popcorn boxes — dating back to the 1910s.
The film’s next screening will be in February 2014 at New York City’s Lincoln Center.