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Offline pstokely

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Centron connection to Calvin Co
« on: July 18, 2008, 01:24:15 PM »
One of the founders of Centron worked at the Calvin Company in Kansas City (actually in Missouri)


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Re: Centron connection to Calvin Co
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 12:43:20 PM »
The Calvin Co. and Centron were located 40 miles apart. They used many of the same actors (the man who plays "Brad" in this film, a Kansas City TV personality named Ken Heady, narrates many Centron shorts) and the employees of both companies were all friends with each other. Art Wolf, who founded Centron, began his movie career at Calvin after World War II. Russ Mosser, who co-founded Centron with Wolf, made an Air Force training film at Calvin during World War II as the subject of his master's thesis. Centron employees Norm Stuewe, Maurice Prather, Bill Sollner, and Jim Pearce all worked at Calvin before joining Centron. The legendary film director Robert Altman began his career directing industrial/educational shorts at the Calvin Co. in the 1950s, and made his first feature film, "The Delinquents," in Kansas City using cast and crew mostly recruited from Calvin. Altman's achievement with "The Delinquents" (which led to his career in Hollywood) inspired Centron director Herk Harvey to make  his own feature film "Carnival of Souls" in Lawrence a few years later.


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Re: Centron connection to Calvin Co
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2013, 09:48:28 PM »
But please don't let that convince you Kansas is at all interesting. It's not, in fact it's unrelentingly dull unless you like cows and fields.