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Frasier, David K. 1951-

FRASIER, David K. 1951-

PERSONAL:

Born December 17, 1951, in Evansville, IN; son of Eliegey Thurman (an industrial designer) and June (a factory worker; maiden name, Steele) Frasier; married March 16, 1985; wife's name, Mary (a children's librarian); children: Hayden Daniel. Education: Indiana State University—Evansville (now University of Southern Indiana), B.S., 1976; Indiana University—Bloomington, M.L.S., 1982. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, watching vintage films.

ADDRESSES:

Office—Reference Department, Main Library, Indiana University—Bloomington, 1320 East 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47405. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER:

Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN, head of technical services, 1984-88; Indiana University—Bloomington, Bloomington, IN, reference librarian, 1988—.

MEMBER:

Indiana University Librarians Association.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Reference User Services Association Award, American Library Association, 1997, for Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century: Biographies and Bibliographies of 280 Convicted or Accused Killers.

WRITINGS:

Russ Meyer—the Life and Films: A Biography and a Comprehensive, Illustrated, and Annotated Filmography and Bibliography, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 1990.

Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century: Biographies and Bibliographies of 280 Convicted or Accused Killers, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 1996.

(Editor) Russ Meyer, A Clean Breast: The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer (autobiography), three volumes, Hauck, 2000.

(Associate editor) Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases, McFarland and Co. (Jefferson, NC), 2002.

Contributor to library journals.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Research on show business-related deaths, criminality in the world of sports and entertainment, and exploitation cinema.

SIDELIGHTS:

David K. Frasier told CA: "Writing has afforded me the opportunity to meet many of the individuals whose work has exerted a profound influence on my life. A fan of 'sexploitation' film director Russ Meyer (Vixen, 1968; Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, 1970) since seeing a twin bill of his films at the Sunset Drive-in in Evansville, Indiana, in the mid-sixties, I was able in 1990 to publish the first reference book on this unique filmmaker, using research material in his Hollywood Hills home/archive. This, in turn, led to a ten-year collaboration with Meyer, during which time I edited his three-volume autobiography, A Clean Breast: The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer.

"Similarly, a teenaged fascination with filmmaker and Hollywood historian Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon led to a lifelong fascination with show business decadence. Anger contributed the preface to Suicide in the Entertainment Industry: An Encyclopedia of 840 Twentieth Century Cases."

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