Please join us in remembering Dale Friedley, long-time supporter of Sarasota Film Society, Cine-World enthusiast, and one of Sarasota’s greatest film buffs.
From his sister, D’Ann Friedley:
Dale moved from Clyde, Ohio to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1958. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School in the late 1960’s. He attended Florida State University and graduated with a BA degree.
While attending FSU he worked at the school newspaper, The Flambeau. He was passionate about politics and active in the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society). He was an avid reader and movie watcher/critic while in college that remained with him the rest of his life. He really got into existentialism philosophy and admired the works of Jean-Paul Sartre, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Camus.
Dale’s love of movies and movie watching began in 1964. On Friday nights, at 11:30 PM, after the WTVT Channel 13 evening news, science fiction and horror movies would be shown on Shock Theater. Shock Theater was hosted by the “All American Ghoul, Shock Armstrong.” Paul Reynolds, a WTVT news anchorman, would dress up as the Frankenstein monster to host Friday night movies. Watching them was a ritual in our family.
Dale was not a fan of professional football, but ever since he was a young boy he was a big fan of the Cleveland Indians and the local Tampa Bay Rays. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and Sprint Car racing.
Dale loved the holidays, especially Christmas. When he was attending college he missed coming home a few times for Thanksgiving but never missed coming home for Christmas. He wanted to be near his family and his friends as they were an important part of his life. It was even more so at the holidays.
Dale was also affiliated with and donated to the ACLU. He was always concerned about those whose voices may not be heard or the rights of those less fortunate.
At SFS, we have many of our own memories of Dale. He was early to arrive for his films and late to leave, always hoping to catch the attention of some theater employee or other patron to talk with about the film. He emailed us with frequency looking for information on what was showing next and how long he could expect us to hold on to it while he made plans to travel all the way down from St. Pete to see it. Once, he even printed his own political-style buttons to pass out at the Burns Court Academy Awards party in protest of what he called “the completely ridiculous oversight of Winter’s Bone for Best Picture!” He was a good guy, and a friend to many.
He will be missed.