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Sgt Harvey Brunswick
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1923
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 2013
Overland Park
Johnson County
Kansas, USA


Harvey Brunswick, 89, of Overland Park, passed away at his home on February 27, 2013. There will be a private service.

Harvey was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1923. He was a staff sergeant in the US Army Air Force during WWII, serving as an aircraft radio and navigation systems technician in Iwo Jima and the Phillipines. While stationed in Kansas City to attend an Air Force radio school, he met his future wife, Marian Klein, at a USO dance. After the war, he began his career as a radio and television entertainer and personality. He was an announcer, actor, writer and director. He worked at KMBC Channel 9 of Kansas City for many years. He is especially remembered for creating the radio show 'The King of Hearts' and the television show 'Shock Theatre' with himself playing the character Gregory Grave.

His many other talents and interests included music, painting, pottery, languages, photography, travel and finance. He was a talented, creative, energetic, artistic and considerate person with a wonderful sense of humor and a beautiful voice.

His devoted and beloved wife of 68 years, Marian Brunswick; his two children, Sheila Ann Huffines and Don Brunswick; his son in law David Huffines and all of his family, friends and many admirerers miss him very much. He is survived by his sisters in law, Dorothy Levine of Overland Park, Kansas, and Connie Brunswick of Toledo, Ohio.

The family greatly appreciates the compassionate and attentive care that Harvey received from Dorrise Cook and Ruby Williams. Online condolences may be shared at

Published in the March 10, 2013 edition of the Kansas City (MO) STAR.

What follows is an article about Harvey which appeared in the local newspaper in 1992:

A voice from deep in the past, 'Gregory Grave' was a creature of the days of live TV, fun on the air.

If you watched local television in the late '50s and early '60s, you might remember this greeting: "Good evening, fright fiends." Those words were spoken each Saturday night by Gregory Grave, host of "Shock," a program on KMBC TV-9. The show presented horror movies such as "King Kong" and "Dracula." Grave, dressed in a frightfully funny wig and lots of makeup that made him look older than his 30-some years, was played by Overland Park resident Harvey Brunswick , 69.

At the time, Brunswick was a full-time director and staff announcer for the station, where he worked 20 years. He played Gregory Grave about four years, entertaining fans with corny jokes, sound effects and puppet sidekicks during commercial breaks.

You might remember Cranston Cranium, a skeleton with a moving jaw; Herman the Horrible, a dummy with a frightening mask; or Cynthia Strangler, a mannequin dressed in ragged clothes.

Or how about the large copy of the Mona Lisa, whose eyes moved and who occasionally smoked a cigarette, thanks to a stage hand standing behind the picture?

It was all in fun, Brunswick said. He used his own brand of slapstick humor to introduce each week's film. He often employed political humor and invented stories around theater publicity photos he showed on the air, all innovative comedy techniques for the time, Brunswick said.

"Back then, television was primitive," Brunswick said. "We had to do everything manually." That included doing live commercials. If something went wrong, "Tough," Brunswick said.

In a furniture commercial, he couldn't get a chest drawer open.

During a car commercial, the stage hand doubled over sick and dropped all the cue cards. "So I had to ad lib the rest of the commercial, which was another 4 1/2 minutes," he said.

During one "Shock" program, Brunswick said a flash pot that sends smoke into the air malfunctioned.

"There was too much powder in it and the whole studio filled with smoke," he said. "I couldn't see the camera and the camera couldn't see me." During his stint as Grave, Brunswick also played The King of Hearts on KMBC radio.

He introduced the program this way: "This is your king of hearts with music for romancing, songs of love and songs for dancing." Brunswick's wife, Marian, said women were crazy about him: "He would read poetry and play romantic music, and women would write how they loved him and send him gifts." After leaving KMBC, Brunswick worked 10 years in the home furnishings department of the Jones Store Co. in Metcalf South Shopping Center and also did commercials for the company.

He has been retired 15 years. Brunswick and his wife have traveled, and taken courses in ceramics, languages and painting.

He has fond memories of his television and radio days, but he wouldn't do it now.

"Back then, I had the youth and energy to do all that," Brunswick said. "Now I can barely get up in the morning."

Published in the October 8, 1992 edition of the Kansas City (MO) STAR

1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Asher Brunswick
[Asher Bureswick]
[Asher Bronswick]
Age: 27
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Russia
Home in 1920: Everett Ward 2, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1911
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Dora Brunswick
Father's Birthplace: Australia
Mother's Birthplace: Australia
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Asher Brunswick 27
Dora Brunswick 25
Anna Brunswick 4
[4 1/12]
Laurence Brunswick 2
[2 2/12]
Robert Brunswick 24 [Osher's brother]

U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes, 1794-1995
Name: Osher Brunswick [Harvey's father]
Age: 34
Birth Date: abt 1891
Children: Anna; Robert; Harvey
Issue Date: 30 Jan 1925
State: Massachusetts
Locality, Court: District of Masssachusetts, District Court

Massachusetts, Naturalization Records - Originals, 1906-1929

Name: Osher Brunswick
Record Type: Petition for Natualization
Court District: District Court
Roll Description: Roll 271: Petitions 104201-104600 (Apr 1928)
Roll Number: 271

[The record above shows that Osher was born on September 15, 1893 in Smardon[?], Poland and that he immigrated to the U.S. in May, 1911; it also shows the following birth dates for his children: Anna - Dec.4,1915; Robert - Oct.16,1917; Harvey - Jul.31,1923.]

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989

Name: Oscar Brunswick
Residence Year: 1924
Street Address: at Everett
Residence Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Waiter
Publication Title: Boston, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1924

1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Harvey Brunswick
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1924
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Race: White
Home in 1930: Everett, Middlesex, Massachusetts
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Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Father's Name: Oscar Brunswick
Father's Birthplace: Poland
Mother's name: Dora Brunswick
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Household Members: Name Age
Oscar Brunswick 35
Dora Brunswick 33
Anna Brunswick 14
Robert Brunswick 12
Harvey Brunswick 6

1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Harvey Brunswick
Age: 16
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1924
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Brother
Home in 1940: New York, Bronx, New York
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Street: Briggs Avenue
House Number: 2609
Inferred Residence in 1935: Everett, Massachusetts
Residence in 1935: Everett, Massachusetts
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 4B
Attended School or College: Yes
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 2nd year
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Robert Brunswick 22
Dora Brunswick 42
Harvey Brunswick 16

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name: Harvey Brunswick
Birth Year: 1923
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Massachusetts
State of Residence: New York
County or City: Bronx
Enlistment Date: 7 Oct 1942
Enlistment State: New York
Enlistment City: New York City
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Semiprofessional occupations, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 73
Weight: 158

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002

Name: Harvey Brunswick
Age: 21
Birth Date: abt 1923
Marriage Date: 22 Mar 1944 [This was the date of the license; the marriage actually occurred on March 28.]
Marriage Location: Jackson, Missouri
Marriage County: Jackson
Spouse Name: Marian Klein
Spouse Age: 23
Spouse Birth Date: abt 1921

The Boston Jewish Advocate Wedding Announcements, 1905-2007

Name: Sgt. Harvey Brunswick
Parents: Mrs. D.
Residence: Boston, MA
Spouse: Marion Klein
Spouse Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Max
Spouse Residence: Kansas City
Publication Date: 30 Mar 1944

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989

Name: Harvey Brunswick
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1963
Residence Place: Mission, Kansas
Occupation: Announcer
Spouse: Marian Brunswick
Publication Title: Mission, Kansas, City Directory, 1963

To see Harvey in his "Gregory Grave" makeup, click here. You may also click here.

Here is the memorial for Harvey's older brother Robert.

And here is the memorial for his older sister Ann. 
Created by: Tom Nelson
Record added: Mar 12, 2013
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