Karl Slover, Off To See The Wizzard
Karl visited my radio station several ears ago. I remember him as energetic, positive individual who clearly cherished his role as an original Munchkin. He told me stories, he made me laugh. He was a wonderful individual.
One of the last surviving Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz” died this week at age 93, leaving only three remaining little people out of the film’s original 124.
Karl Slover, a 4-foot-5-inch man who played the lead trumpeter in the Munchkin band in the 1939 classic, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Tuesday in Georgia, according to the Laurens County coroner’s office.
Friends reported that as recently as last weekend, Slover appeared at an “Oz” event in suburban Chicago. He regularly attended festivals and events related to the movie around the country, and was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to them.