‘ Leo Beuerman’ filmmaker donates artifacts to KU

KU alumni from the 1960s and early 1970s may recall the name Leo Beuerman.

Beuerman was deaf, nearly blind and only about three feet tall due to deformed legs with flippers that were too weak to support his body. He became renowned in the community for driving a tractor into downtown Lawrence daily, lowering himself from the tractor into a homemade cart and selling pens and pencils on Massachusetts Street.

A Lawrence-based filmmaking company called Centron created a film, “Leo Beurerman,” that received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary in 1969.

Now, Russell Mosser, c’40, g’44, co-founder of Centron, has donated all documents related to the acclaimed film to the KU department of theatre and film. Centron's one-time facility, Oldfather Studios on Ninth Street, is now home to KU's film program.

Centron filmmakers, including Mosser; Trudi Travis; Gene Boomer, c’63; and Arthur Wolf, c’39, created the short-subject documentary about the daily life of Beuerman

“Acquiring these valuable documents will help our students better appreciate the tie to the tradition of excellence established by Centron, which for decades was one of the country's top producers of educational films,” said Chuck Berg, j’67, chair of theatre and film.

Lawrence Community Connections web site: http://history.lawrence.com/res/resource/346

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