May 27th 2006
Updated March 15th 2007
took a year longer than we thought to get our ducks in a row...
C'est la vie! That's Hollywood!!! RC)
Is there a far out adventure waiting for you in Kempton, home to the
World Explorers Club (WEX) and Adventures Unlimited Press? About 60
minutes South of Chicago is a little town called Kempton lost in the
cornfields. In a few weeks renowned world explorer David Hatcher
Childress (spoofed on a recent South Park) will be turning the whole
town of Kempton into a movie set!
"The Dupont Monster" will be the first of what is slated to be many
feature films to come. About a local Big Foot legend, it will be
shot in Kempton and the nearby town of Seneca.
Adventures Unlimited is hosting open auditions for actors, models,
set designers, stylists, costumers, artists, camera operators,
etc... Anyone interested in joining the cast and crew of players is
invited down to Kempton to participate in the production of what
will soon be one of the busiest movie studio lots in the Chicago
Adventures Unlimited Press (AUP) is the most successful alternative
publishing house in the country, with its own magazine and online
bookstore, over 200 titles in print found at Barnes & Noble, Borders
and other major booksellers.
True bibliophiles can also visit affiliated Adventures Unlimited
bookstores around the world! They have three locations in the United
States: Kempton, Illinois; Roswell, New Mexico and Cottonwood,
Arizona; plus bookstores in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Glastonbury
and Liverpool in the United Kingdom; and in Fergus, Ontario, Canada.
The flagship bookstore is at "One Adventure Place" in the heart of
Kempton, a tiny town sitting astride an abandoned rail line. During
good weather the streets are crowded with locals driving electric
golf cars and riding lawn mowers! Crime is unknown here.
The hundred-year-old railway freight station is still standing,
barely, but is missing most of its roof. Two churches bracket this
slightly more than one block of businesses. On the other side ball
fields meld into cornfields and silos. Behind the school is the
century old cemetery. Looking down on the town is the tall Skyblue
At the corner of First and Main Streets, you find the AUP bookstore.
Across First Street is Sgt. Pepper's Bar and Grill and The
There are murals on three buildings covering six walls. On the AUP
building is a depiction of the Giza Plateau with its pyramids and
the Sphinx. Across from it on Sgt. Pepper's is a modern rendering of
the Beatles's album cover. Behind Sgt. Pepper's is the Tiki Deck, a
delightful outdoor dining area and Beer Garden with a sprawling
mural depicting a South Pacific island scene replete with Easter
The AUP bookstore has a coffee shop hosting conferences and book
signing receptions with many famous authors. The bookstore includes
exotic gifts from around the world, greeting cards, toys, candy and
WEX Club logo apparel, plus video rentals! Sgt. Pepper's across the
street has a dining room and lecture hall.
Nearby is the WEX clubhouse and the Knight's Armory Bed & Breakfast,
both beautifully restored Victorian homes built in the 1880's, with
about 10 bedrooms to choose from. They don't mind your bringing
sleeping bags and air mattresses!
The WEX Club clubhouse has an exotic bar stocked with beverages from
around the world; a pool table; a number of arcade-style pinball
machines and an air hockey table.
The Armory has the WEX Museum featuring vintage science-fiction toys
(many made in the Soviet Union) and other memorabilia from Founder
David Hatcher Childress' youth. The walls are decorated with art and
back by World Explorers Club members from their treks around the
globe. The downstairs of the Armory is decorated with suits of
armor, tapestries of Knights and heraldic animals, paintings of
knights and damsels, and a score
of decorative swords and dagger.
Each house features bedrooms decorated in distinctive themes,
including: Atlantis, Egypt, Pacifica, China. The price per night in
either house is $35.00 for non-members and $25.00 per night for WEX
For more information on the town of Kempton, the Adventures
Unlimited bookstore, and the movies in production contact:
David Hatcher Childress
Adventures Unlimited Press
feature article in the
head shots, resume, DVD demo reels, etc... to:
Adventures Unlimited Studios
One Adventure Place
Kempton, Illinois, 60946-0074
- Good Times Taxi, Pontiac, IL
Jerry E. Smith for his editing contribution to this press