As mentioned in the past, one of the many great
aspects of the Internet, and in particular having a website with its contents easily
found on a search engine, is occasionally being contacted by people mentioned in
one of the vintage magazine articles I have posted on
RFCafe.com and AirplanesAndRockets.com, and/or
by people related to someone mentioned. In one instance, a guy wrote to give updates
on a few of the people featured in a
model rocket contest held in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1967.
Readers of Popular Electronics magazine in the 1950's through 1970's
(including me) looked forward to Carl Kohler's many humorous electronics-related
stories and illustrations a few times each year. Carl's leading man was one
of print media's first DIYers, and his wife suffered his often less than successful
escapades in a sporting manner. A few days ago, none other than Christoverre Kohler, Mr. and Mrs. Carl and Sylvia Kohler's number two son (of
four), contacted me to provide some background on his parents. Christoverre happened
upon a couple of his father's articles on RF Cafe while doing a search. He was motivated
to write in response to the story entitled, "I
Married a Superheterodyne!," where I asked whether the Kohlers might have at
one time lived in Syracuse, New York. It was due to a mention of General Electric's
Electronics Park (which is no more). Christoverre set me straight on that matter,
and provided some amazing additional information on his parents. His father's talents
were not limited to the electronics realm. Read on, ye lovers of Carl Kohler stories
Christoverre Kohler Comments:
July 11, 2022
I just stumbled across a thing on your website attributed to the author "Sylvia
Kohler" and in association with illustrations and other articles by "Carl Kohler".
Those two were my parents and I think the year of that article was 1952, my birth
July 12, 2022
No, I don't think Carl was *ever* even in NY. Sylvia was from MI and joined the
Waves (Navy) to get away from home and there, eventually stationed in SF for awhile
and then down in Long Beach, where she and Carl met (I think some mutual friends).
At points, both of them worked gigs at some of the (then) "high tech" companies,
but around the Orange County and Los Angeles area.
And I'm pretty sure Carl actually wrote that piece and just pen-named it "as"
Sylvia. He used to do that combo of "slanted" (topically) humor pieces with cartoon
illustrations in a number of different interest categories. He also did some work
in the animated cartoon industry (Road Runner, Pink Panther, and he was the model
for "Cap'n" in Cecil the
Sea Sick Sea Serpent. But he went on to probably his most well known accomplishments
as a creator, and contributing cartoonist and editor and comic character in
published by Peterson Publishing Co. in Hollywood. He played the part of "Unk Kohler
and them Varmints". Which became simply "Unk". Then they launched "Hot Rod Cartoons",
then "CycleToons", then
a few notable, later rather famous, people did work for those, some began their
Many thanks to Christoverre for his comments!
Other Carl Kohler masterpieces: "The
Great Electron-Pedantic Project," "Dig That Reel Flat Response,"
a Superheterodyne," "Unpopular Electronics,"
"Thin Air, My Foot,"
"High Tide in the
R/C Cloud," "Hi-Fi Guest List,"
," "Boner Box," and "McWatts." Also, be sure
to read "Carl
Kohler's Life & Times per Son, Christoverre."
Posted July 18, 2022