Talk:Charles Addams

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High traffic

On January 7, 2012, Charles Addams was linked from Google, a high-traffic website. (See visitor traffic)


The filming of the Addams family mansion was actually the outside of the Arts and Sciences building at Syracuse University. With some effects added, of course. And not so many college students.

Cartoon Used to gauge lunacy[edit]

"A cartoon of his was (allegedly) used to gauge incipient lunacy in an asylum, depending on how long it took the subject to see why it is funny. You can see it here. The same cartoon was referenced in the Frazz cartoon published on the 27th January, 2008." I can't find any reference to this being a real rumor, though it is an interesting idea (I even tracked down the old Frazz cartoon, but it does not mention this idea.) Would one be more sane if one did not understand the cartoon, or if one found the cartoon hilarious right away? (I found the cartoon hilarious right away, but do not consider myself to be insane...)

Copyright issue[edit]

Almost everything in this article seems to be taken - word for word, but with some rearrangement of sentences - from "In Search of the Dark Muse of a Master of the Macabre", Janet Maslin's review of Charles Addams: A Cartoonist’s Life by Linda H. Davis (Random House), in the New York Times 26 October 2006. It's presumably copyright material. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Thank you for reporting this. Copyright violations are a very serious business. However... two people have now looked over the article, and can't really see it. Could you give a specific example? For reference, I think this is the article [ Notinasnaid 10:27, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

David Levy[edit]

The article contains a link to an entry for David Levy, producer of the Addams Family TV show. The link leads to a disambiguation page, and none of the entries on that page seem to be the correct David Levy. Jason Fliegel

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Unsourced material[edit]

The following is unsourced information:

  • He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.
  • The Addams family mansion is rumored to be modeled after College Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, where Charles Addams studied.
  • A cartoon of his was (allegedly) used to gauge incipient lunacy in an asylum, depending on how long it took the subject to see why it is funny. You can see it here. The same cartoon was referenced in the Frazz cartoon published on the 27th January, 2008.

While this is interesting, we can't use it unless you provide a source. Also, none of this is really trivia, as trivia by its definition is "unimportant information" - it therefore shouldn't be in a trivia section but instead the information should be incorporated into the main article. - Tbsdy lives (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

The University of Pennsylvania claims that College Hall is the inspiration for the Addams family mansion. (talk) 15:35, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

ex-wife Barbara Barb, the Lady Colyton[edit]

After divorcing Addams, Barb married Baron Colyton (who had been a diplomat under Winston Churchill). Since her divorce settlement gave her the copyright to a number of the famous cartoons, the producers of the Addams Family movies expressed their gratitude to "The Lady Colyton". After Addams's death she endowed a number of art projects in his name. See: 00:57, 19 December 2010 (UTC) 00:55, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

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Where's Chas?[edit]

I don't understand why the lemma isn't "Chas Addams"; there must be many Charles Addamses, but there was only ever one Chas Addams. That's how he signed his famous cartoons. Right now, the article doesn't even mention that he used the monicker. I hope there's not some orthography gremlin at work here. Maikel (talk) 15:48, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

While he certainly signed himself Chas, I don't think there's ever been the suggestion that he was ever actually addressed as "Chas". The lemma Jas was once common for James, but rarely indeed has anyone called James been addressed as "Jas" - I can only think of Danny's brother (and Robbie Coltrane's double part) Big Jazza in Tutti Frutti. In the case of the pop singer Jas Mann, I think it's a contraction of Jasbinder.

Nuttyskin (talk) 18:16, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Reliable source?[edit]

The citation to the Pennsylvania State University Literary and Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania reveals a page obviously created from culling biographical sources, but it gives no footnotes, and may in fact have been created from using an earlier version of this Wikipedia page when that PSU page was created in spring 2007. Given that we don't know where the compiler got her information, and given that it's not reportage like the NY Times or book biography citations, I don't know that we can consider this a reliable source. The compiler seems credulous about dubious and vaguely substantiated claims.-- (talk) 16:49, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

you were right to worry. the statement in there that addams learned wash at true detective is contradicted in the linda davis biography, so i took it and its lousy source out altogether.— alf.laylah.wa.laylah (talk) 00:52, 7 October 2011 (UTC)