“‘You Stewart?’ he asked.
“‘You did a thing in a picture once,’ he said. ‘Can’t remember the name of it, but you were in a room and you said a poem or something about fireflies. That was good.’
“I knew right away what he meant. That’s all he said. He was talking about a scene in the picture Come Live with Me that had come out before the war in 1941. He couldn’t remember the title, wasn’t even sure I was the same guy, but that little thing–didn’t even last a minute–he’d remembered all those years. And that’s what’s so great about the movies. If you’re good and God helps you and you’re lucky enough to have the kind of personality that comes across, you’re giving people little, little tiny pieces of time that they never forget.”
James Stewart (quoted in Donald Dewey, James Stewart: A Biography)