Sunday, May 10, 2009

Karl W. Kurtz

Karl W. Kurtz worked for many years in the advertising business. He worked as the advertising and general services manager for the H. C. Godman Co. in Columbus during the 1930's. Later he served as the first advertising director of the H and S Bakery in Sandusky. In a part-time position, Mr. Kurtz had a radio show on W.L.E.C. Radio. Because his radio program was based on unusual facts and stories, he became known as "The Oddity Man." "The Elderlies" column, written by Karl Kurtz, appeared in the Sandusky Register from 1974 through 1978.

On May 15, 1980, Karl Kurtz passed away. He was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Lions Club, Y.M.C.A. Senior Men's Fellowship Club, and had several Masonic affiliations. Karl Kurtz was survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Covert. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery next to his first wife, Lillian Kintz Kurtz. An obituary for Mr. Kurtz is found in the May 15, 1980 issue of the Sandusky Register. Bound copies of Karl Kurtz's "Elderlies" columns can be view at the Sandusky Library. Ask the Reference Services Staff for assistance.

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