2016

October 6, 1943 - March 18, 2016 Ken L. Kramer, film preservationist and historian, passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles (Sylmar) at the age of 72. He leaves behind his loving companion and wife of 37 years, Kathy (Losso), son Jayson, grandchildren Kyle, Austin & Ryan, and brothers Ron & Robert. Born in New Jersey, Ken moved to Los Angeles in the late '40's, where he ultimately became part of the first graduating class at Grant High School in Van Nuys. Ken fell in love with the golden age of Hollywood, and movies on film became his passion. He was a savvy collector of feature films, ultimately becoming an activist in film preservation. Ken wore many hats in his career, from directing & writing documentaries, to owning stock footage library, The Clip Joint for Film. He screened many of his rare prints not only at his private theater for friends, but also at the Motion Picture Academy, where he produced several star-studded evenings, including a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the original cast of 1958's "Damn Yankees." Ken lived a Technicolor life. His sly sense of humor, heartfelt compassion for those treated unfairly, and endless stories of old Hollywood will be forever missed.

Above Text from THE LOS ANGELES TIMES