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    here's a personal anecdote attached to Scary Vince...

    I own a framed picture of him with
    personalized autograph and til this date it adorns a corner of my
    bedroom...

    how long do I have it?

    let's see...Somewhere must that envelop in which it was send, lay around in a
    drawer under piles of old letters and , so the exact date can be traced...but it must
    have been in that ill-fated year of 1991, when things
    at home went downhill (health business) and finally under those circumstances I had
    to give up university...

    I tracked him down via an institution co-founded by him. I knew he was into
    Native American art and had furthered some initiatives to preserve and sponsor it with an institution he helped to found.

    The people over there were so uncommonly friendly to pass him my four-page epistle down and obviously likened, a few weeks later I receive a signed photo with a dedication for my "beautiful letter".

    The letter was a clever ploy. I made it appear as if
    "my greatfather" was looking for an original birthday
    present to me. Somehow he found among my piled up desk
    the minutes of a letter intended to send to Vincent
    Price. A typical fan letter asking for an autograph.
    So "my greatfather" went out telling how much Price's
    film had influenced in his grandson's life and
    thoughts, his predilection for a gothic air and a
    romanticism which is totally out-of-synch with the
    remainder of the world...He(="my greatfather") didn't
    actually approve with this infatuation, but since he
    noted how much I was struggling and shying away to get
    the letter done, he thought to fix it by himself.

    And by the end of the letter, I revealed that
    the whole gimmickry was penned by me. A simple
    request would lack any juice and spirit, hence the travesty of a penny dreadful in letter form.

    Great chap, sad that he isn't longer among us...

    Oh, and the picture is NOT for sale!

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    Im a major fan of the man myself.One of the best actors in my opinion.

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    Yes, VP always takes me back to more innocent days.
    What a voice.

    (btw IWS, I dropped out of Uni in 1991 too! But that was my own fault for partying too much ).

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    The Abominable Dr. Phibes!

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    From the Smithsonian Archives of American Art (Oral History transcripts)

    Interview with Vincent Price
    Conducted by Paul Karlstrom
    In Los Angeles, California
    August 6, 1992

    Preface
    The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with Vincent Price on August 6, 1992. The interview took place in Los Angeles, California, and was conducted by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.


    Interview
    Tape 1, side A (30-minute tape sides)
    [At the time of this interview, Mr. Price was quite ill with Parkinson’s disease—Ed.]

    PAUL KARLSTROM: [Archives of American—Ed.] Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with Vincent Price on August 6, 1992, at his home in the Hollywood Hills—I guess this area is called—up at the top of Doneny, in a home that’s literally covered with art objects. This is the first session in a projected series. We’ll see how it goes over a period of time, dealing with Mr. Price’s career, and particularly his involvement with the arts, specifically and primarily in Southern California. This is Tape one, side A, and the interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, West Coast Regional Director.
    So I think that we can get started. Well, I should say that this is a pleasure, an honor. I’m pleased to be here, and I’m glad that I’m the one that gets to do this interview. You of course, Vincent, have been prominent in the entertainment industry for a good number of years—film and television—and I think that this aspect of your professional life is quite well known. I think less known is your involvement which you described earlier, as we were chatting, as sometimes almost interfering with your livelihood, and that is as a patron, a collector, of the visual arts, involved with a number of organizations and efforts on a volunteer supportive basis. And so this is what is what we are going to focus on in this interview. his doesn’t mean that we can’t of course digress a bit and talk about your film career as well, because that is the context in which you were working. But at any rate, this interview is intended to deal with Vincent Price and the visual arts, and specifically your observations of developments over the years.

    Full Interview:
    http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/or...ts/price92.htm

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    here's a personal anecdote attached to Scary Vince...

    I own a framed picture of him with
    personalized autograph and til this date it adorns a corner of my
    bedroom...

    how long do I have it?

    let's see...Somewhere must that envelop in which it was send, lay around in a
    drawer under piles of old letters and , so the exact date can be traced...but it must
    have been in that ill-fated year of 1991, when things
    at home went downhill (health business) and finally under those circumstances I had
    to give up university...

    I tracked him down via an institution co-founded by him. I knew he was into
    Native American art and had furthered some initiatives to preserve and sponsor it with an institution he helped to found.

    The people over there were so uncommonly friendly to pass him my four-page epistle down and obviously likened, a few weeks later I receive a signed photo with a dedication for my "beautiful letter".

    The letter was a clever ploy. I made it appear as if
    "my greatfather" was looking for an original birthday
    present to me. Somehow he found among my piled up desk
    the minutes of a letter intended to send to Vincent
    Price. A typical fan letter asking for an autograph.
    So "my greatfather" went out telling how much Price's
    film had influenced in his grandson's life and
    thoughts, his predilection for a gothic air and a
    romanticism which is totally out-of-synch with the
    remainder of the world...He(="my greatfather") didn't
    actually approve with this infatuation, but since he
    noted how much I was struggling and shying away to get
    the letter done, he thought to fix it by himself.

    And by the end of the letter, I revealed that
    the whole gimmickry was penned by me. A simple
    request would lack any juice and spirit, hence the travesty of a penny dreadful in letter form.

    Great chap, sad that he isn't longer among us...

    Oh, and the picture is NOT for sale!

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