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Behman Zakeri: The Ultimate Goonies Superfan

CEO Khai Intela
The iconic house in a scene from The Goonies in 1985 Warner Brothers via Getty Images Do you remember watching a movie as a child and feeling that spark of inspiration? For Behman Zakeri, that...

The iconic house in a scene from The Goonies The iconic house in a scene from The Goonies in 1985 Warner Brothers via Getty Images

Do you remember watching a movie as a child and feeling that spark of inspiration? For Behman Zakeri, that movie was The Goonies, and it ignited a passion that would shape his life in unexpected ways. Now, after nearly four decades and a remarkable $1.65 million purchase, Zakeri is the proud owner of the iconic Astoria, Oregon house featured in the film.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Zakeri shares his motivation behind this extraordinary purchase. "Somebody that was a true 'Goonie' needed to have it to kind of make sure that it didn't go away," he explains. "If the wrong person buys The Goonies house, what if they do what Troy's father wanted to do in the movie and bulldoze it and turn it into a golf course or something? Too many people's hearts would break."

Zakeri's journey began back in 1985, when he first watched The Goonies on the big screen. Little did he know that this movie would become a lifelong obsession. Over the years, Zakeri has seen the film over 100 times, finding inspiration in the characters' fearless commitment to their treasure hunt.

This dedication translated into Zakeri's entrepreneurial spirit. As a young boy, he started earning money by shoveling snow, mowing lawns, and even selling baseball cards at a store—a nod to the film's protagonist, Mikey Walsh. Today, Zakeri manages a cards company, a jewelry trading business, and an escape room company, all influenced by The Goonies' adventurous spirit.

Zakeri's connection to the house deepened when he toured it for the film's 30th anniversary in 2015. In the attic, he made a bold statement to the then-owner, Sandi Preston: "I'd like to buy this house someday if you ever sell it." Little did he know that his dream would become a reality.

When the Victorian-era house went on the market in November, Zakeri didn't hesitate. He and his wife, Liz, plan to split their time between their permanent residence in Kansas and their cherished Goonies house. In fact, Zakeri's childhood best friend, Michael Eakin, even bought the adjacent property, making it a true Goonies haven.

The couple has big plans for the house. While the previous owners had restored it to its original 1896 style, Zakeri intends to bring it closer to its on-screen appearance from 1985. He envisions a red trim on the exterior, a recreation of the elaborate gate-opening apparatus from the film, and even a zip line installation. In a playful tribute, Zakeri is considering building a wax statue of Steven Spielberg, the mastermind behind The Goonies' story.

But Zakeri's ambitions go beyond mere renovations. He wants to create a gathering spot for Goonies fans, a place where they can relive the magic of the film. As visitors enter, they will be encouraged to perform the famous "truffle shuffle," a cherished symbol of camaraderie and adventure.

Zakeri's story is a testament to the lasting impact of childhood dreams. From a young boy watching a movie in Kansas to the proud owner of The Goonies house, he has followed his passion every step of the way. And for those willing to put in the time and effort, as Zakeri himself says, there are symbolic pots of gold waiting to be discovered.

So, gather your fellow Goonies fans, and embark on a journey to this hallowed ground of adventure and nostalgia. The Goonies house awaits, ready to welcome you into a world of imagination and endless possibilities.

Caption for image: The iconic house in a scene from The Goonies in 1985 Warner Brothers via Getty Images

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