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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Shaw’

This American Life Seeks Newscast of Cryonic Vault Smash-Up

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This American Life is looking to unearth one of LA’s strangest newscasts. Sam Shaw wants to find the KNXT broadcast of lawyer Michael Worthington breaking into a vault at Oakwood Cemetery in search of the cryonically frozen bodies inside. And no, it wasn’t sweeps.

Robert Nelson was a pioneer in the deep-freeze technique, and had convinced the cemetery owner to let him store the people-popsicles at the Chatsworth location. Nelson owned Worthington money, and when the attorney heard rumors about mis-management of the cryogenic vaults, he saw his chance. When the team entered, one observer said:

The stench near the crypt is disarming, strips away all defenses, spins the stomach into a thousand dizzying somersaults.

Too bad TAL is radio.

KNXT morphed into KCBS, but the archives belong to Corbis Motion where the tapes languish, uncatalogued in a vault.

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Marilyn Monroe’s Estate Loses in Court/Photog’s Family Prevails

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The family of Sam Shaw, a photographer who took some of Marilyn Monroe’s best-known photos, won in court when a Federal judge ruled against the company that controls the licensing of Monroe’s image. Tens of millions are at stake, according to the attorneys for Marilyn Monroe LLC.

Countersuits are planned, of course.