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‘The Goonies’ house in Astoria has a new superfan owner

By Allison Frost (OPB)
Jan. 23, 2023 7:46 p.m. Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 9:03 p.m.

Broadcast: Monday, Jan. 23

The exterior of the famous "Goonies" house in Astoria, pictured in November 2022.

The exterior of the famous "Goonies" house in Astoria, pictured in November 2022.

Courtesy Lydia Ely / The Astorian

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The 1985 Steven Spielberg film “The Goonies” is a quintessential adventure movie, following a middle schooler named Mikey and his friends as they find a treasure map and go on an epic adventure to save the family home from being demolished to make way for a golf course at the local country club. They call themselves the “Goonies” because they live in the Goon Docks neighborhood of a fictional version of Astoria on the Oregon coast. Since the movie first made its debut, the real Astoria house has been a tourist draw for fans from all over.

The Goonies themselves famously “Never say die!” And one of the film’s biggest fans would never do so either. Behman Zakeri lives in the Kansas City area and was among a number of would-be buyers that put in immediate offers when the home went up for sale last fall. He says he’s committed to making sure the house is preserved and that other die-hard fans will have access to it. What that will look like, though, is anyone’s guess, says Zakeri, as he’s not legally allowed to rent the home on a short term basis or make it into a museum.

Zakeri joins us to share why and how this movie became so woven into his identity and what his plans are for the future.

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