Perry native who made mark in telecommunications dies at 83
by Herald Staff
A Perry County native who forged a successful career in the telecommunications industry was set to be laid to rest this week.
Elvin Feltner, who in the early 1980s produced “Carnival Magic,” a film which would become a cult classic, was born in the Krypton community of Perry County in August 1929 and later graduated from Hazard High School. He passed away on May 31 at his home in New York City.
Feltner also produced the lesser-known “Teen-Age Strangler” in 1964, and in 1981 authored the self-help book, Winning Is Everything, Losing is Nothing: For Nice Folks Who Want To Finish First. He worked in a variety of positions during his career, including as a broadcaster.
Feltner got his start in the industry as an instructor for the RCA Institute for TV Production. He founded and served as chairman of Krypton International Corporation, and was also well-known for amassing what at one point was described as the largest independent film library in existence. According to a 1985 interview for Inc. Magazine, Feltner was leasing 4,000 different films to television and cable systems both domestically and overseas.
“I’ve been buying up rights to films for 22 years,” he told the magazine then, which noted all the films in his library were either G- or PG-rated.
In addition to his work in the telecommunications field, Feltner also at one time owned the Palm Beach Stingrays, a USBA professional basketball team in Florida where his Krypton Corp. was headquartered.
A memorial service for Feltner is planned for June 26 at First Presbyterian Church in Hazard, which will be followed by a private interment. He was 83 years old.
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