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Strosnider to speak Wednesday for society

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Former resident Lee Strosnider will be the guest speaker for a special program offered by the Clay County Historical Society.

The program is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in the lower level of the Clay County Historical Museum.

Refreshments will be served at the event, which is open to the public.

Strosnider grew up in Clay County before making the trek to California to begin a career in the film industry.

After spending two years at Indiana State University studying theatre and radio, Strosnider left for California in 1951 to study film at UCLA.

While studying at the school, he also earned money taking actor photographs and doing commercial photography. Two of his friends at UCLA were Carol Burnett and James Dean.

During the summer of 1954, Strosnider shot a short dramatic film.

Although the project was never finished, he used footage from it to help him get a job making promotional films for a company based in Atlanta.

Returning to Hollywood in 1956, Strosnider managed to photograph most of the film, "The Beast of Yucca Flats," in 1958.

He was also the only technical person involved with the film.

From there, Strosnider recorded sound for the film, "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies," followed by "Thrill Killers." He also recorded sound for, "Spider Baby."

According to the international movie database website (www.imdb.com), Strosnider also worked on ABC Afterschool Specials, Unsolved Mysteries, "Ghoulies," "The Wonder Years," "The A-Team," "1941," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and more.

He was also the producer of the 1969 film, "Pit Stop," which starred Ellen Burstyn and wrote for "The New Loretta Young Show."

He has worked with the likes of Burstyn, Sam Peckinpaw, Steven Spielberg, Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jayne Mansfield, Henry Fonda, Jack Lemon, Ron Howard, George Burns and Lucile Ball, among others.

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I believe Mr. Strosnider also made the following video about Brazil and put it on YouTube:


We have corresponded via e-mail, but I hope to make it to the meeting and talk with him.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 9:31 AM

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