Ben Cooper Shocking Phantoms

Started by raycastile, November 20, 2011, 06:20:41 PM

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aura of foreboding

Quote from: Dr.Terror on December 12, 2022, 04:35:06 AM
If you did not know who Karloff was you werent a monster kid. 

This actually triggered a memory from 4th grade.  I remember getting a kid in trouble (for cussing) because he didn't know who Boris Karloff was, and I felt it was just.   ;D   


So I turned nine in April of fourth grade and I can't say that I knew of Boris Karloff. Maybe I did, maybe I didn't. The Aurora Frankenstein kit hit store shelves sometime in 1961 but the Spook Stories cards which I avidly bought and collected didn't hit variety store counters until 1962:

We didn't get a television until the summer of 1961 and I don't believe I was even aware of Famous Monsters of Filmland at that age since there would have been no point in my perusing the magazine rack for a 35 cent publication. Moreover there were no books like the Crestwood ones at the time. Therefore the only place I could have heard of Boris Karloff was in the schoolyard. All I can tell you for sure is that I wasn't the one who cussed you out. But who knows, that fellow may today be a poster on this very board!


Collecting! It's what I do!