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N.C. essay. volume (None) 1965-1976, February 10, 1969, Image 2

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Febr-«ary 10, 1969 The N.C. Essay Page 2 "END OF AN ERA” by David Wood Last week someone casually ask ed me in the cafeteria, "Did you know that Boris Karloff died yester day?" I froze in my. tracks and my mouth flew open in disbelief. Not Karloff. He was immortal, an insti tution—a legend in his own time. He was the salt of the three greats: Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff, and his death brings a mar velous era to an end. Chaney died a success, but his personal life was riddled by heart break and pain. Lugosi turned to drugs toward the end of his life and died a tragic and lonely man. Lugosi asked to be buried in CS A NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS The N. C. ESSAY STAFF Editor Tony Senter Co-editor Lynn Bernhardt Feature David Voo d Dance Editor. . . . Sandra WilliconB Political & Editorial D. Willimason Design & Layout Tony Senter Advertising Manager. . Totly Croaker Art Loma Frady David Wood Typists Harold Ingram Pat Yanaey Carol Johnson Staff Kathy Fitzgerald the Dracula costume, and he was. His body lay in state as the line of mourners filed past. The last to view the body, before the sealing of the lid hid his face forever, was Boris Karloff. Karloff leaned over the ear of the corpse and whispered: "You're not putting me on, are you sweetie?" Monsters never die, you see, only the men who breathed life into them. Boris Karloff enjoyed his work, and was active in movie making until a year before his death. He was eighty-one. I weep for his passing, for William Henry Pratt, Boris Karloff was only a stage name, has influ enced our lives in many ways. We grew up with the Frankenstein mons ter, Count Dracula and the Wolfman. They are as American as apple pie— and part of the family-every family The motion picture, Franken stein, in which Karloff immortaliz ed himself as the monster became the most famous horror movie of all time and revolutionized movie advertising because Universal sutdies discovered people could be frightened into buy ing tickets. Karloff's passing marks the end of an era. He was a kind and won derful man, who except for an ill ness, would have come to the school to direct and even act in a play here— the first year. So, Boris Karloff—good-bye for awhile. Good-bye until I catch you one the late show—Good-bye until I turn every light off in the house and like Bill Cosby say: "Yeah! come on — scare me! Scare me!" School replaaes Cafeteria Staff Jirrrny Greenwood (left) and D a vid Wood (rigth) serve food in the cafe teria line. Crafts Finishes THRUWAY SHOPPING CENTER LOWER MALL

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