In Memory

Carl Bobke - Class Of 1968

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12/19/12 06:40 AM #1    

LeRoy J. Nienow (1968)

I remember Carl well from all the Plays & Musicals. He was a very funny guy... nice to work with! I was sorry to see him on the "Memorium Page" Rest in peace Carl... I will always smile when I think of you!

LeRoy Nienow

05/06/14 04:34 PM #2    

Daniel Guenzel (1968)

Funny he was, and quirky he was and, of course, gifted he was.

While still at Washington High a few of us got together and decided to bite off a little more than we could chew at the time by putting together a feature film production of Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles".  Even now I shudder at our exuberance and audacity in thinking we could manage such a production. It was an enormously difficult amateur project that extended even after we all graduated.  Carl played Sherlock Holmes, and he played it, in my opinion, quite brilliantly.  I produced and directed the project and was helped both in front of and behind the camera with other Washington students, among them Cherri Hancock (now my wife), Gary Strothman, Lee Matthis, Alex Stankovich and a number of other eager souls.  To say that it was a tremendous learning experience is to put it mildly.

Carl, though only 18 years old at the time put forth a mature and thoughtful performance, and when I watch some of it today I am continually amazed at how professional he was and how perfectly he caught the character of Holmes.  After High School Carl and I and others went on to do more film projects, a few for fun and a few "for real".  Before he died he was preparing production sketches for a project we were contemplating.  I can only now regret that with his death that project came to a standstill.  

Actor, artist, designer, conoisseur of fine films, husband and father, I for one will greatly miss him.

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