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I am glad that Comcast Cable in New Haven shows a lot of vintage horror movies in prime time. Last night the listings showed Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. They even gave Frankenstein four stars. Recognition at last.

This is a true story. I was talking to a co-worker, a 25 year old woman. When I mentioned Boris Karloff, she asked me who that was. I said, meaning to be sarcastic, "I suppose you never heard of Bela Lugosi either!"
She hadn't.
Sheesh! People who don't recognize the name Bela Lugosi are still making fun of his Hungarian accent. "I vant to drink your blood!"

When my high school teacher saw that I was reading Dracula, by Bram Stoker, she told me I was reading cheap popular trash. (This was back in the 1970s). There is a new edition out of the novel, a Signet Classic, and it has "Signet Classic" right on the front cover. I wish I could get in a time machine and go back and show it to that teacher. "See? I told you it was a classic."
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:23 AM
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Funny how when I was reading Dracula back in High School my teacher admired me for reading a classic piece of writing. Of course this was back in the early 2000's.

I never actually watched the movie starring Boris Karloff, but I have seen Nosferatu many times which is one of my top favorite black and white horror movies. In some ways I feel like Nosferatu was better than the book because it left out the unnecessary stuff like vampire hunting. It was actually Harker's wife Nina who put an end to Dracula's horror by offering herself to save her husband and destroy the vampire with sunlight.
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I am glad that Comcast Cable in New Haven shows a lot of vintage horror movies in prime time. Last night the listings showed Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. They even gave Frankenstein four stars. Recognition at last.

This is a true story. I was talking to a co-worker, a 25 year old woman. When I mentioned Boris Karloff, she asked me who that was. I said, meaning to be sarcastic, "I suppose you never heard of Bela Lugosi either!"
She hadn't.
Sheesh! People who don't recognize the name Bela Lugosi are still making fun of his Hungarian accent. "I vant to drink your blood!"

When my high school teacher saw that I was reading Dracula, by Bram Stoker, she told me I was reading cheap popular trash. (This was back in the 1970s). There is a new edition out of the novel, a Signet Classic, and it has "Signet Classic" right on the front cover. I wish I could get in a time machine and go back and show it to that teacher. "See? I told you it was a classic."
That is scary... a 25-year-old not knowing Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. They aren't from our era either, it's not like we grew up in the 30s and the 25-year-old didn't. But it gets worse.

A buddy of mine and I were checking out at a regular store, and our cashier was a cool looking 20-something heavy set chic. We were joking around with her and talking about films, and it got a around to my buddy saying, "it's like someone not knowing who Alfred Hitchcock is..." and cashier had never heard of him... Again, it's not like Hitchcock was releasing films when I was alive, but I still knew who he was when I was her age.

Unfortunately, there are more important things than Hitchcock, Karloff and Lugosi that Americans don't know... I watched this vid on youtube where 90% of the Virginia Tech college students, that a fellow student interviewed, didn't know who won the American Civil War.
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Unfortunately, there are more important things than Hitchcock, Karloff and Lugosi that Americans don't know... I watched this vid on youtube where 90% of the Virginia Tech college students, that a fellow student interviewed, didn't know who won the American Civil War.
I know plenty of Americans who don't realize that the Nazis were not actually communists.

Also I once had a teacher who refused to believe that dinosaurs ever existed because they weren't mentioned in the Bible.

Like I have said before American education sucks.
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I know plenty of Americans who don't realize that the Nazis were not actually communists.

Also I once had a teacher who refused to believe that dinosaurs ever existed because they weren't mentioned in the Bible.

Like I have said before American education sucks.
She so silly! Actually, there is a dinosaur mentioned in the bible at Job 40:15, but most consider the book allegorical.

Germany's National Socialist party (Nazi) and the concurrent Soviet Union's party were actually very similar. But that's probably not were their confusion comes in.
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She so silly! Actually, there is a dinosaur mentioned in the bible at Job 40:15, but most consider the book allegorical.

Germany's National Socialist party (Nazi) and the concurrent Soviet Union's party were actually very similar. But that's probably not were their confusion comes in.
I think that the (mostly older) Americans thought that anybody who was their enemy or dared to disagree with how they were doing things was a communist.
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this has a little horror movie stuff

Not recognizing the names Lugosi, Karloff, or Hitchcock...
Try the name William Shakespeare on the next kid you meet. I am afraid of what the response might be.

One time in a bar my sister told a boy she didn't like sports. He said she was a Communist.
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Not recognizing the names Lugosi, Karloff, or Hitchcock...
Try the name William Shakespeare on the next kid you meet. I am afraid of what the response might be.

One time in a bar my sister told a boy she didn't like sports. He said she was a Communist.
I think nowadays Americans use the term "terrorist" to describe anybody that they feel threaten by.
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