Tribute Letter from Don Ammer
Dear Ms. Karloff,
My name is Don Ammer, and I just wanted to send an email to thank you so much, in honor of your father, for fostering my huge love of both film and ... cinema "monsters" with real heart and soul, I guess you could say. To this day, his work as Frankenstein's monster is breathtaking - the humanity he gave to the creature one of the truly great performances in film. I will never forget it.
Oddly enough, though, the monster wasn't my first intro to your father; I was already dearly in love with the man thanks to his voice-over work in what remains my favorite children's film to this time: Mad Monster Party (I will even admit, I have the DVD and watch it to this day). I was maybe six years old when I saw it, and really loved the old Baron - wanted NONE of the greedy monsters or Francesca to take control over Felix! - and within the next few years after that discovered Frankenstein and The Grinch and even got into trouble staying up too late watching reruns of "Thriller." Your father was a gifted, generally under-rated actor - and I couldn't be happier to know that, from all I have heard, he also seemed like a warm and generous human being, as well. I wrote to him a couple of times as a kid, asking for an autograph and telling him I was a fan, but I'm sure he never even received the letters - so for that reason as well, it's a real honor to be writing to his daughter, expressing my gratitude for a true icon of American cinema and his work..
I hope you won't mind, but would it be possible to ask for an autographed photo of YOU? If you could tell a fan how to best get one? I hope you won't mind my asking.
But either way, again thank you for taking the time to read my email, and on behalf of your father (who, to this day, I think remains one of the most under-rated actors this country's ever had), for the thrills, chills and laughs he's given me for over three decades. Will ALWAYS be a fan of you both.
Austin, TX 78756