Producer Steve Krantz passed away last Thursday in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia. He was 83. Krantz is best known in our world for his production of the first, ultra low budget, syndicated The Marvel Superheroes cartoons in 1966. Krantz met Ralph Bakshi while making the ABC Saturday morning SPIDER MAN animated series. His relationship with Bakshi led to his producing FRITZ THE CAT, HEAVY TRAFFIC, and later without Bakshi, THE NINE LIVES OF FRITZ THE CAT. Krantz was also the husband of author Judith Krantz (Scruples, Princess Daisy).
It's not too much of a wheeze - not only is my younger brother a grandfather, I've become a great-uncle. I think back to when I was young and great uncles were frickin REALLY old. Congratulations to my niece Marcie and her husband, Tyrell.
A big "THANKS" to Pat Murnin for being brave enough to host a New Years party for The Wheezer Society and friends. Mike and Pelle were in town for a short vacation and we were able to meet up to celebrate the start of the new year. The only wheezer missing was Doug Byers, who was celebrating the new year with his better half, Susan, in Savannah. More party photos here.