JOHN KARLEN RECOVERING IN REHAB CENTER
John (Willie, Carl, William H. Loomis, Desmond, Kendrick, NODS' Alex) has been convalescing in a Los Angeles rehabilitation facility for the past several weeks, dealing with various health and mobility issues related to
A number of DS cast members have paid visits to John....
Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie) reports he was upbeat and looks good.
Jim Storm (Gerard) had a nice long visit and felt his humor and will are intact.
Lara Parker (Angelique) told shadowgram, "He's 80 years old and appreciated"
that she came. "He was glad to see me and was very
sweet. He was in good spirits."
David Selby (Quentin) and Jim Pierson (DS Festival director/Dan Curtis Productions rep) spent time with John late last week and said, that his attitude was good and positive. John told them he's "missed seeing the fans
the past couple of years" at the DS Festival events. John's been a regular Festival guest, most recently in Burbank,CA, in 2010.
He says he hopes "to be well enough to
attend" the Festival next summer at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, NY (where he and other DS TV cast members filmed the 1971 movie, "Night of Dark Shadows"). (SG will announce event details as we finalize plans.)
He's thinner and walks cautiously, but indications are he
is improved, and it is hoped he'll soon be released from
the rehabilitation center.
John is a beloved and longtime participant at DS events;
in fact, he was the first DS person to attend a fan
convention. He was our only guest at the first
ShadowCon, held as a part of the larger StarCon
convention in San Diego in 1977. ShadowCon was created
and organized by Jean (Peacock) Graham, Kathy Resch,
and Marcy Robin.
John says he greatly appreciates hearing from fans while he's in rehab.
You are invited and encouraged to send John get-well cards and letters. He has no computer or internet access, so postal-mail messages are most welcome.
You can write to John at:
Studio City Rehabilitation Center, Room 10
11429 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604