Artist & Healer
1940 ~ 1998
Mount Hope Cemetery
17th & Fairlawn
Wish I'd noticed Mr. Mellen's stone in time for Summer Solstice, but the fallen leaves among the smaller stones make it appropriate for the first day of Fall, don't you think?
I know nothing about him except that he was a devoted father and husband who worked as a counselor at the old Topeka State Hospital, hence "healer". His son, also a Vance, makes industrial shorts (films) and indie horror flicks.
I've picked a stone at random,
in cemeteries miles apart,
that turned out to be connected to
industrial shorts and indie horror flicks.
What are the chances?
The first was Clyde and Nellie HAMLIN's stone at Rochester Cemetery.
After college, the Hamlins' grandson Arthur "Art" Wolf and boyhood friend Russell Mosser started a company called Centron Films in Lawrence KS which made many award-winning educational films shown in schools across America in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
But perhaps their most famous film is "Carnival of Souls", a 1962 low-budget sleeper that gained a huge following after being aired on late night TV in the '90s.
Art Wolf, Centron Films and Carnival of Souls