TIMES VIGILANCE OFFICE FIRE ARTICLE
but nonetheless interesting article on the 1971 Vigilance Pictures office
fire that took the life of Hoverboy co-creator C.L.Nut. Hoverboy as a
character had been pretty much out of the public eye for more than a few
years at this point, so I'm surprised the Times picked up the story at
all! The text can be a bit difficult to read, so I've duplicated the text
at the bottom of the page.
NY TIMES DATED FEBUARY 21, 1971
Goes Up In Smoke
Office fire kills "HOVERBOY" creator.
YORK It is believed the very man who became its sole victim started
the fire that destroyed the offices of Vigilance Pictures on Wednesday.
Even more tragic is the news that a piece of Animation History has been
lost to the flames as well.
It wasn't until firefighters cleared the smoke that they found the burned
body in the office archives at the rear of a Broadway building, north
of W 22nd St. at about 11:15 p.m.
The badly burned body was found inside a seventh-floor office, where the
fire was believed to have originated, said New York District Chief Patrick
Forensics identified the man as Charles Leroy Nutt, 78, and reports of
a charred suicide note have been confirmed. Nutt, along with the late
Bob Stark, was a co-creator of the character Hoverboy, star of screen,
comic books and television. When Nutt and Stark lost controlling rights
of the Hoverboy Character, Stark took his own life and the action may
have been the catalyst in sending Nutt over the edge.
Charlie was a strange one, remarked Vigilance Pictures president
Harvey Kretschmann. Remarkably spry for almost eighty years.
Kretschmann believes all of the original Hoverboy negatives were consumed
in the flames.
Of course it was deliberate, he conceded. Mr. Nutt was
working as a courier and just happened to make a delivery to our offices
just last week. He was enraged he claimed that if we didnt
return the Hoverboy materials to his control hed show us.
I guess he did.
Its a real shame, Kretschmann continued. We had
big plans to re-launch Hoverboy and now its quite possible hell
never fly again.
Mr. Nutt leaves no surviving family members.