No Hope for the Kid with the Cowlick

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Screenshot of Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer from Our Gang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back in mid-April I posted about the first comprehensive biography on the life and career of Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer being written by Joan L. Collins. This post is to give you an update about the plans for this project.

You might remember Switzer in his role as the adorable little freckled boy with the cowlick in the Hal Roach series Our Gang from the 1930s.  His life ended in tragedy with a fatal gunshot wound to the groin on January 21, 1959 at the tender age of 31.

The book was to detail the facts surrounding his untimely death, and finally clear up all the misinformation circulating about it, and Switzer, for more than five decades.  But on June 29, 2013, Collins announced she has suspended plans for the Switzer biography indefinitely and unpublished her fan page called The Alfie Project on Facebook.

I do not know if Collins plans on continuing the biography and her fan page in the future, but this is the last thing I am going to say about it here…or anywhere else.  Any support I gave her in the past for her research and writing is finished. Members of Switzer’s family have also pulled all support.

I will not go into any further details here, but I wanted people to know that I am no longer associated with Collins or her work.

If any of Switzer’s fans or family members have an interest in getting his story out there, I will be more than happy to support their projects…with their permission, of course.  I think his life and his legacy are very important to the entertainment world and should never be forgotten.

9 thoughts on “No Hope for the Kid with the Cowlick

    1. Angie Schaffer Post author

      Very sad indeed. I developed an interest in Our Gang after hearing so much about Switzer in recent years. (I wasn’t a real fan of the stuff growing up.) So these recent events are a real blow to reviving his name for future audiences. Hopefully someone associated with Switzer or his fan base will do what they can to keep his name alive.
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  1. Caroline

    Wow, kudos to you for voting with your feet and no longer supporting the work of Collins. I had no idea that Switzer died so young and tragically. How sad!

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    1. Angie Schaffer Post author

      Yes, it is very tragic. So many of the cute little brats in Our Gang died young and under tragic circumstances. It’s a wee curse.

      I thought twice about writing this, but I felt it important to mention it as I had originally posted about it in April. Especially since Switzer’s family want nothing to do with the project.
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  2. Cindy Amrhein

    Wow. I’m a historian so I can’t imagine doing a crap load of research on something, publicizing it on a website, and then deciding…..nah. Just wow.
    Cindy doing UBC

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  3. Ian Stuart

    Well, I wonder what happened? I’d certainly have been interested in a Carl Switzer biography, even though they NEVER show “Our Gang” in the UK (well, not since I can remember, and I have TV memories going back to 1980, I was a true “sqare-eyes”). But they did show a documentary on the “Our Gang” kids and the so-called curse a few years back which was very informative – I’ll have to look it up, can’t remember what it was called off the top of my head.

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    1. Angie Schaffer Post author

      Stay tuned, Ian. I am now friends with one of Carl Switzer’s cousins, Zachary Switzer, who is in the midst of writing the Switzer family legacy to be released in January as a series of e-books to be sold for around $4.99. (It’s too early in the morning for me to convert that lol.) I will be writing something on it tomorrow and will support this effort.

      As for Joan Collins, she receives NO support from the Switzer family and Carl’s cousin Judy apparently announced that she is not working with her any longer.
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