Conversations with Carl Wohlschlegel

by Laura Ellis on October 14, 2008

Last week Louisville said goodbye to Carl Wohlschlegel, former manager of the Vogue Theatre and a friend and regular guest of State of Affairs. We have reposted the old shows when Carl was a guest, so everyone remembering Carl can enjoy them again.

Julie Kredens writes: It was our pleasure to have Carl join us on State of Affairs for several movie-related shows. His well-considered opinions, dry wit and encyclopedic recall of titles, names, dates, reviews, etc… made for great conversation! It was also a personal joy for me to, at last, meet ‘that red-headed guy from the Vogue’ who seemed ever-present at that wonderful old theatre. Whether you were catching the Sunday matinee of “Casablanca”, or “Eraserhead” at the midnight movie – he was there. Such great memories.

Carl’s Appearances on State of Affairs:

Here is Carl’s obituary from the Courier-Journal.

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Louis Helman October 16, 2008 at 1:13 am

Thank you very much, Julie Kredens, for your warm comments about my longtime friend Carl Wohlschlegel, who passed away suddenly last week. I’d know him since 1979 and he was my movie soul-mate. We’d often have marathon talk-fests (sometimes lasting six hours!), endlessly about movies, plays, musicals, etc. It was exhausting, but exhilarating, and I felt blessed to have a good friend with whom I could share my love and enthusiasm for movies and theatre.

Thanks also, Laura Ellis, for posting Julie’s comments, as well as the links to four of Carl’s panel conversatsions with Julie Kredens on “State of Affairs”. They’ll be a pleasure to listen to again and again.

Carl was the face of the Vogue Theatre and, as such, remains in the minds and hearts of those who used to frequent it.

David Raines October 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Thank you for posting these. Carl was one of the best friends a person could have. He was not only quite probably the most intelligent person I’ve ever known, but he was also easily one of the kindest and most generous. Although he certainly knew everything worth knowing about movies, his knowledge was in no way limited to that. It was easy to spend hours having in-depth discussions about movies with Carl, but I’ve also had similar talks with him about politics, music, books, theatre, history, etc. If I had a question about something, the first thing I’d think would be, “Carl would know….”

Many of the times I went to the Vogue had nothing to do with seeing a movie. I’d sit with Carl in his small office with the Charlie Chaplin mural on the wall, and we’d just talk. Sometimes other friends would already be there or would drop by later. Carl was the center of it all.

Carl will be missed by a great many people whose lives he touched. There are countless people who have nothing in common other than that they knew Carl. I can’t begin to express how much I’ll miss him.

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