"In Memoriam"... Oliver J. Dragon...

.....in observance of the Oscars, the "In Memoriam" section of the evening is always very moving. Reflecting on those members of the industry who have passed away; and those who may have died young, perhaps even at the height of their fame, I felt it was important to mention some of the lesser "CELEBRITIES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES PREMATURELY!!".....Oliver "Ollie" J. Dragon (1944-1959). Tragically, Ollie was killed when he was thrown through the windshield of the brand new Corvette convertible owned and driven by his co-star Kukla (Tuckerman) as they traveled down Mulholland Drive and collided with a Good Humor truck. Kukla was arrested and declared drunk at the scene. After a three week stay in the Beverly Hills Doll Hospital (on the Millicent R. Velveteen Ward), it was revealed that he was paralyzed from the waist down and would be forced to be carried around by an attendant and to wear a diaper concealed by a flannel nightgown for the rest of his life. At his trial, the jury's sympathy resulted in him only being fined for killing his friend and co-star. To this day, Kukla speaks against drunk driving from his wheelchair at county fairs, 4H Clubs, and at pie-eating contests. He lives quietly making soap sculptures in Sepulveda which he sells from his own eBay store. Fran Allison still refuses to talk to him.

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