I Was a Teenage Optical Engineer

Stephen R. Wilk

Only in Hollywood: How a humble optical engineer became a werewolf.



In August 1957, Columbia Studios made available a package of 52 films—most of which were horror or sci-fi movies—from their and other studios to television stations. Called Shock!, it allowed many of the classic monster movies to be shown on television for the first time. For many of us in the TV-imbibing Baby Boom generation, it was our first exposure to the bolt-necked Frankenstein, the opera-caped Dracula, and the white-bandaged mummy. Among these cultural icons was the werewolf, which was introduced in the 1941 film The Wolf Man.

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