Johnny Eck a Letter to a Friend
Dear Nick Bougas,
March 17/86 9 A.M.
Your latest pkg of photos arrived in fine condition; really,
I received another pleasant shock - when I pulled out the
famous picture of Mrs. Tod Browning shaking hands with me! A
about that particular photo.
About 40 years ago, I had a well-known magician visit and I
brought out a small pack (loose) of MGM stills. Then there
seemed to be (to me) a very slick movement. I could have sworn a
photo was snapped up and dropped in a special pocket inside my
magician friend's coat. All magicians have extra-wide,
deep pockets built into their clothing for "loads" - to produce
or get rid of things. I said "Jack, did you take a photo? I'll
gladly give you a copy, but please don't mess up my set..."
My friend answered, "Why no indeed!" To this day, I
know he got that picture. And now I'm elated to have not a
but a 8 x 10" glossy pro
photo which, within minutes, I placed in a special clear sleeve
in a heavy hard cover professional binder.
There are no more passing around loose photos in my home. Never.
the identical shot.
= over =
Nick, when I returned to Baltimore after that film was
completed, I had the pleasure of being on the stage of a local
movie house and gave some close friends passes. A very close
neighbor, after seeing the Freaks film, took me on the side and
said "John. I'm sorry. You didn't belong with that crowd.
Today, that same beloved neighbor, now in her 80's, has been an
inspiration to me all these years- and I agree with her. I
really didn't relate with that crowd of freaks. I just
couldn't mix with them. They were childish, silly and in
a world of their own. (I'd like to elaborate in my memoirs on
this subject.) What do you think, Nick - of course I couldn't
And after looking and drinking in your lovely photo of me and
Mrs. Browning - and that poor sad-looking, clown-like "Koo the
Koo" girl for the umpteenth time- I agree with my aged neighbor
100%, I did not belong with that crowd!!
Nick, how did you get that 8x10 glossy! I know you paid a good
price for it. I wish and hope someday to help in the cost but
now, thanx a billion for making me so happy. Best to you always,
Your portrait was great!
1- Johnny Eck
2-3 Letter from Johnny Eck
4- Envelop - with friends
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