Grey, Romer, 1909-1976
- Existence: 1909 - 1976
Romer Grey (1909-1976) was the oldest son of Zane and Lina Elise Grey, a producer, writer, and executive of Zane Grey Inc. and Romer Grey Inc.
Romer Zane Grey was born on October 1, 1909 at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. Romer followed in the footsteps of his father in many ways including with his love of the outdoors and with his career pursuits. He contributed to his father’s work on occasion by suggesting ideas for books including Western Union, and characters such as Tex Thorne. He is also accredited with writing the "Big Little Books," which were his father's stories, but composed by Romer. He would later write various western novels, many of which included aspects of and characters used by his father. He also spent a lot of time on fishing expeditions with his father, which gave him the expertise to write two books on fishing. From 1930 to 1931, he pursued a career in animation employing many of the most prominent animators of the era. Despite creating the character of Binky the Bear-Cub, the studio never took off and little is remaining.
Romer married Dorothy Chasen in 1930 and had one child before they divorced, and was married another three times during his life. He served in the Pacific in World War II as a pilot and acted as president of Zane Grey, Inc. He built his own company entitled Romer Grey, Inc. but always found it difficult to live in the shadow of his father and was never able to break free from that feeling. He died on March 8, 1976 at Pasadena, California.
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Wikipedia, website viewed Sept. 29, 2011 (Romer Grey; oldest son of Zane and Lina Elise Grey, a producer, writer, and executive of Zane Grey Inc. and Romer Grey Inc.; born, 1 October 1909 at Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania; contributed to his father’s work on occasion by suggesting ideas for books including Western Union, and characters such as Tex Thorne; accredited with writing “Big Little Books”; wrote various western novels; fishing expeditions with his father; married Dorothy Chasen, 1930; had one child before they divorced; married another three times; served in the Pacific in World War II as a pilot; acted as president of Zane Grey, Inc.; built Romer Grey, Inc.; died, 8 March 1976 at Pasadena, California.)
www.awn.com/articles/profiles/lost-studio-romer-grey/page/1%2C1, website viewed Sept. 29, 2011 (pursued a career in animation employing many of the most prominent animators of the era, 1930-1931; created Binky the Bear-Cub, the studio never took off and little is remaining)
Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:
This series contains meeting minutes of the Board of Directors for the Altadena National Bank, legal records in response to the Internal Revenue's claims that Zane and Lina Elise Grey were not a business partnership, an expenses book for Zane Grey and Zane Grey, Inc., and invoices for fishing and hunting supplies, dating from 1920 to 1939.
This subseries contains correspondence regarding the Izaak Walton League and correspondence regarding fishing expeditions, requests for fishing information, endorsements of fishing equipment, Captain Laurie Mitchell, and other matters relating to Zane Grey's connections with fishing, dating from 1922 to 1938.
This series contains manuscripts for books, short stories and screenplays by Zane Grey, Loren Grey, and others related to Zane Grey, and two biographical manuscripts, dating from between 1910 and 1990.
This subseries contains unidentified or miscellaneous photographs dating from approximately 1900 to 1960. It contains photographs of actresses, people and places with an unknown connection to Zane Grey or his family.
This subseries contains negatives for photographs contained in box 13, folders 18-21. Each negative possesses the same item number as its corresponding photograph with an N after the number and date from approximately 1890-1940.