Charlie Oelze was a big part of my life. Moreover, he’s been a big part of many people’s lives; in particular, their childhoods and sense of imagination.
Charlie Oelize was the prop man for the Little Rascals. He made many of the devices and contraptions that became a staple on the program. I remember that I would watch the Rascals on Saturday morning, and then run out into my backyard to try and build some of his contraptions: a small clubhouse, car, etc. Needless to say, I would fail miserably.
The failure didn’t matter though. What Oelze provided me with was a sense of imagination. Even though I couldn’t create what he did, he instilled in me the desire to do so. This desire has carried me forth to other endeavors and has given me a passion to live life to the fullest.
Every stove needs a fire. Every fire a spark. Every skyscraper, an architect with a bold dream.
Here is a great example of Oezle’s work—a silent Little Rascals episode entitled, “Cat, Dog, and Co.” In particular, watch the scene from 20 seconds to one minute. Absolutely brilliant.