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Russell A. Mosser, RIP

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Russell A. Mosser, the co-founder of the Centron Corp., which produced hundreds of educational and industrial short films from 1947 to 1981, died here April 29. He was 93.
Five Centron shorts were featured on MST3K: SPEECH: USING YOUR VOICE, featured in episode 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER; CHEATING, featured in episode 515- THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN; WHAT ABOUT JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, featured in 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN; WHY STUDY INDUSTRIAL ARTS?, featured in episode 609- THE SKYDIVERS; and SPEECH: PLATFORM POSTURE AND APPEARANCE, featured in episode 619- RED ZONE CUBA.

Read more about him here.

20 Replies to “Russell A. Mosser, RIP”

  1. Mela says:

    Centron’s shorts were some of the best; even some of their non-MSTed ones could get under your skin. Watch “The Snob” some time and tell me that isn’t as wince-inducingly dramatic as “Cheating” in its own way. They really tried. Plus, y’know, “Carnival of Souls”.

    RIP, Mr. Mosser.

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  2. In_Stereo says:

    Thank you, CENTRON!

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  3. JCC says:

    Centron’s shorts were some of the best; even some of their non-MSTed ones could get under your skin. Watch “The Snob” some time and tell me that isn’t as wince-inducingly dramatic as “Cheating” in its own way. They really tried. Plus, y’know, “Carnival of Souls”.

    RIP, Mr. Mosser.

    Yes, I cheated…

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  4. Cheapskate Crow says:

    @JCC Cheater! Now I’m going to have to go back and watch the whole cheating thing (not that that’s a bad thing).

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  5. ck says:

    Retired phys. ed. teachers everywhere bow their heads in
    a moment od silenc (as do their movie projectors).

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  6. snowdog says:

    Sad news. I’ll draw a bong on the chalkboard in remembrance.

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  7. BeefStumpKnob says:

    ALL of my favorite shorts, for sure! RIP Mr. Mosser, and I’ll try to take up the slack with plenty of lip and tongue action!!

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  8. NoTrafficAccidents says:

    In addition to that lip and tongue action, remember to keep it low and pleasing.

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  9. radioman970 says:

    I wonder if they did “The ABC of Baby Sitting”? That one is included on the Something Weird release of “The Child”. Man, that is some kind of creepiness! Joel/Mike and the Bots would have had a great time with that one. In fact, Rifftrax should tackle it.

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  10. darthservo says:

    I still do THE KNEE TEST everyday.

    Thanks for the valuable info CENTRON!

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  11. Krepta says:

    Centron was an enormous part of my childhood, not only for their delightful shorts on MST3K, but also for their work as the videographers of the book segments of Reading Rainbow. I never knew your name, Mr. Mosser, but I’m grateful for everything you made that I came to love.

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  12. Cornjob says:

    I hope the Eulogist at his funeral has good posture and uses lots of lip and tongue action. The way he liked it!

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  13. BIG G BURGER says:

    did he please you,was he PLEASING!? R.I.P :bye: :weep:

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  14. DrBlood says:

    He had a long, full life. Rest well, Russell. And I do put sawdust in my underwear.

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  15. noplot says:

    “ABC of Babysitting” was from Sid Davis, whose films were loopy but of a different sort from Centron, which made some really good ones. The article from the Lawrence paper had a comment from someone who was in one of these films; I wonder if any of those delinquents or cheaters are still around (and now grandparents, probably keeping their grandkids from becoming cheating delinquents).

    Rest in peace, Mr. Mosser. Hope you knew people were watching these films to this day.

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  16. chris says:

    didn’t know the dude was sick………….

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  17. losingmydignity says:

    Think of the minds he shaped…

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  18. UberNeuman says:

    Rest in Peace, Cave Johnson.

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  19. radioman970 says:

    @15. Thanks for the info. I’m sorry I only netflix’d The Child years ago. Always meant to buy it but now it’s no longer $10 or less. $30 new, I do believe. :( It had a ton of MST3K style stuff on it.

    I hope they buried him with a good metal rack, as his mother had always told him to have on hand at all times.

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  20. Zeroninety says:

    Well I hope they at least buried him, unlike ol’ Chuck Hamlin.

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