Sunday, November 20, 2022

Edward L. Plumb, R.I.P.

Edward L. Plumb, a past guest speaker at the Karl Hess Club, died on March 5, 2021 at the age of 64.

Edward L. Plumb was a producer and writer known for The Vampire Hunters' Club, Her Morbid Desires, and The Boneyard Collection. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and other industry trade associations. He lived and worked in the greater Los Angeles area.

He is credited with producing 65 projects during his lifetime. His production company, Irena Belle Films, mostly made comedy-horror films, but also dramas with such future stars as America Ferrera, who went on to TV's Ugly Betty. Edward's many short and feature films have screened at festivals such as Cinequest-San Jose Film Festival and Slamdance.

He produced some episodes for the sci-fi web series, The Silicon Assassin, which featured the work of several KHC members.


Friday, November 18, 2022

Sharon Presley, R.I.P.

Sharon Presley, a frequent guest speaker at the Karl Hess Club, died on October 31, 2022 at the age of 79.

Presley had a Ph.D. in social psychology which she received from the City University of New York. Her dissertation was a study of political resisters to authority. Her mentor was Dr. Stanley Milgram, author of the classic study, Obedience to Authority.  

Presley had taught at California State University, East Bay in Hayward. Her research specialties were obedience and resistance to authority, women resisters to authority, and gender issues.

She co-edited Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre, which won an American Library Association Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title 2005.