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James N. Savage 3
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 - posted September 10, 2004 07:22 AM      Profile for James N. Savage 3   Email James N. Savage 3   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Who was the "KEN" of Ken Films? Was that the company owner's real name, or did stand for something else? Is there a last name? Is he still in the New Jersey area today???

Who is Ken?

Just thought I'd throw that out there this morning. [Smile]

Nick.

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John Hourigan
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 - posted September 11, 2004 01:04 PM      Profile for John Hourigan   Email John Hourigan       Edit/Delete Post 
I believe a gentleman named Bob Lane was the owner of Ken Films if I'm not mistaken. However, I, too, always wondered where the "Ken" of Ken Films originated.

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Brad Kimball
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 - posted September 12, 2004 12:35 AM      Profile for Brad Kimball   Email Brad Kimball   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I believe KEN was Mr. Lane's son or father. I know the company was named for a family member.

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Brian Hendel
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 - posted September 12, 2004 07:43 PM      Profile for Brian Hendel   Email Brian Hendel   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Since people are interested in Ken Films... I was driving through Fort Lee, New Jersey not too long ago and I remembered the Main Street address that Ken Films had printed on the back of their boxes back in the 70's... so, out of curiosity, I drove by the old home of Ken Films and it is now a Middle Eastern home furniture/goods store. I'm not sure if it's even the same building but it's at the end of the busiest street in town right before it turns residential. I couldn't help but fantasize about being there thirty years ago with a warehouse full of super 8 prints! I thought you other 8mm fanatics would get a kick out of knowing that...

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James N. Savage 3
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 - posted September 14, 2004 06:04 PM      Profile for James N. Savage 3   Email James N. Savage 3   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks for the info guys!

Brian- That's really cool. I wish I had been old enough to drive back in '78 - I would have been all over the place checking out the super 8 companies.

I almost visited Red Fox Films in Pennsylvania in the late 80's, since they were only about 3 hours from my house. I kept putting it off, and suddenly they were gone too [Frown]

NICK.

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Brad Kimball
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 - posted September 15, 2004 12:37 AM      Profile for Brad Kimball   Email Brad Kimball   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I actually visited SELECT FILM LIBRARY in Manhattan years ago. My parents took the family to NYC for a winter vacation back in '76 and I remember how disappointed I was to find that it wasn't a "library" of any sorts, but merely a small office in some old building with some old "crones" sitting at their desks answering phones and doing typical office type duties and not hospitable at all to wide-eyed kids like myself who had delusions of grandeur of what a Super-8 company should look like. I was so let down I vowed I never wanted to see any others fearing they would all be the same way. Not big industry companies with a vast museum of films, on site, ready to sell to the collector - but, merely, a P.O. Box in some drab office building that phoned customer orders into a warehouse somewhere from which these orders were then picked & packed (Snore).

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