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Zachary D. Switzer Needs Your Help!

Carl SwitzerOn July 24 I told you all about a new Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer project in the works.  One of Carl’s cousins, Zachary D. Switzer, is in the process of releasing a series of e-books on the Switzer Legacy.  This is undoubtedly fantastic news for anyone who is a fan of Alfalfa and the Our Gang series.

Switzer’s fans have waited for years for someone—anyone—to release something on his life that isn’t full of lies, and now they have the chance to own something that is honest and heartfelt coming straight from one of his family members.

How exciting is that?

Sunday evening Zach contacted me and said that there is a possibility that the Switzer Legacy could be published as a book in the near future, but he needs some help from you, the fans.  The following comes straight from Mr. Switzer himself:

Hello, my dear friends here is some promising news! I was talking with an editor/author about the Switzer poem legacy book! She says I’m going to have to write a letter to the President of a publishing company she has experience with and that there might be a chance of having it published in book form!

But, here’s the caveat, and where I need you all the most! She says, if I can get enough people interested in it and buying it, that this book will be a big hit! Let’s give the Switzers justice! So, will you please work with me and make this a great success? If not, I won’t be mad, I’ll respect and love you just the same! That’s what Carl, Fred and Harold would want! And, that’s what the Switzers were built on! The love for one another and the altruism that comes with helping a stranger! Thank you all for reading this! My love and eternal blessings!

If you love Alfalfa, do you think you can give Zach some support with his new project?  It would be greatly appreciated.  What can you do to help this project move forward?  I (and Mr. Switzer) would love some feedback on this with any ideas you might have.  We need to show that Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer’s legacy is still important to film history.  What do you say?

Feel free to contact me via email, Facebook, or Twitter and let me know what you think.  And, of course, you can also leave comments on this post.  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Switzer Legacy

Spanky, Darla, and Alfalfa in the "Club S...

Spanky, Darla, and Alfalfa in the “Club Spanky” dream sequence from the 1937 short Our Gang Follies of 1938 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a big announcement, my darlings.  Back in April I told you that a new biography was in the works for Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer of Our Gang fame.  In late June, plans for the book were off and I pulled all support from the project in early July.

No other full-length biographies on the little boy with a cowlick who won the hearts of so many little girls the world over have been released as far as I know, so this was something that many were looking forward to.  If you were disappointed by the news that the project has been scrapped, then you will be happy to know that one of Carl Switzer’s cousins, Zachary D. Switzer, is planning a series of e-books on the Switzer legacy.

Here is what he says about the project:

I’m going to be releasing a Switzer legacy e-book on January 21, 2014 to coincide with Alfie’s 55th anniversary of his death! After that, I plan to release 4 more e-books prior to August 7, 2014, his birthday! These 4 e-books will have 360 haiku and 45 full-length poems each! All e-books (including the Legacy) will be set at $4.99 each e-book! One last thing, if these e-books sell 5,000,000+ on December 1, 2014, I’m going to be buying and designing a limited edition of 500 t-shirts! Each t-shirt will be personally signed by me!

These e-books will be released on Kindle through Amazon.com, so keep your eye out for them, my babies!

And thank you, Zachary, for keeping Alfie’s legacy alive and well!

No Hope for the Kid with the Cowlick

English: Screenshot from Our Gang Italiano: Sc...

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.

A 21st Century Flapper and a Kid with a Cowlick

21st Century Flapper Joan L. Collins

21st Century Flapper Joan L. Collins

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, a young woman by the name of Joan L. Collins.

Like me, Joan collects vintage clothes (and vintage reproductions), bobs her hair, and has assumed the role of a 21st century flapper, as you can see in the picture to the right.  (Doesn’t she look like someone who just stepped out of 1925?)

In addition to being a fan of the Jazz Age and perfectly recreating the look and feel of the era with her wardrobe and makeup, Joan is also an up-and-coming writer.  Right now, she is in the middle of writing the first full-length biography of actor Carl Switzer. Continue reading