By Sergio Berrueta
An online petition to commemorate horror movie legend and art enthusiast Vincent Price is underway.
The petition currently has 98,360 signatures out of 100,000 signatures needed by the March 6 deadline. It can then be sent for review by President Barack Obama’s administration.
Vincent Price was famous for his acting career which started in the mid-1950s. He appeared in several horror films such as “House on Haunted Hill,” “The Raven,” “House of Wax” and “The Last Man on Earth.”
Price also did voiceover work in the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and as Professor Ratigan in “The Great Mouse Detective.”
Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum Karen Rapp thinks that a stamp would be a good way to commemorate the life and career of Price.
“A Vincent Price stamp would be prestigious and just plain fun. He is an American icon remembered mostly for his horror films,” Rapp said.
A lesser known fact about Price was his enthusiasm for the arts. He contributed to the arts at ELAC by donating more than $5 million of artwork to ELAC.
“We at ELAC know that there was more to him than mummies and monsters. He donated more than 2,000 artworks to this campus. He was both scary and a perfect gentleman,” Rapp said.
The petition was created by Jake Godbold of Evansville, Indiana. It was started after Godbold began moving into his new apartment and found his old collection of Universal Horror Monsters stamps from 1997.
“I saw the stamp collection and then my friend on Facebook posted a picture of Vincent Price. I asked myself ‘Does he have a stamp?’” Godbold said, “I did my research and I went, ‘I’ll be damned. He does not have one.’”
From there, Godbold saw many other petitions online and decided to make a petition of his own for the postage stamp.
“I saw people signing to deport Justin Beiber and how 10,000 people are willing to sign off on a Death Star and decided why not make a petition for the stamp,” Godbold said.
Godbold describes himself as a typical horror fan wanting to honor the legacy of Vincent Price.
“I was a fan of him, more so the Roger Corman (Edgar Allen) Poe films like “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death. Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. got a stamp and I just didn’t see how this didn’t happen,” Godbold said.
Victoria Price found the petition online and was enthusiastic about it.
“I found out about it on Twitter and was amazed about it. It would be nice to see him get recognized alongside the other horror legends,” Victoria Price said.
Victoria Price hopes that the postage stamp can send out a message and show her father’s legacy was more than just his horror career.
“It would also be great to get the word out there about his devotion to the art rather than just his acting career,” Victoria Price said.
For more information or to sign the petition visit at petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/honor-great-american-horror-movie-star-vincent-price-stamp f9sxZ4ZX.