August 7, 2004 by

Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

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Irvin Shortess “Shorty” Yeaworth Jr. produced more than 400 educational and inspirational films, but most movie lovers are familiar with his 1958 cult classic, “The Blob.”
Born in Berlin, Yeaworth landed his first job in show business at the age of 10, singing on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, Yeaworth became a radio and TV producer. In 1952, he founded Good News Productions and began making films for the Christian market.
Although he was best known for directing Steve McQueen in “The Blob,” Yeaworth wasn’t very proud of the film. The campy sci-fi classic became a hit with fans, however, and even inspired a three-day festival in Phoenixville, Pa., called “BlobFest.” Annual events include costume contests, screenings and a reenactment of the movie theater scene from the film.
Yeaworth spent the remainder of his life working on religious pictures. An elder in the Presbyterian Church, he led the church choir for 22 years and spent three decades guiding Christians on tours of the Middle East.
Yeaworth died on July 19 in a car accident at the age of 78. He was in Jordan working on a new entertainment complex when his vehicle went off the road and crashed. It is believed he fell asleep at the wheel.

One Response to Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

  1. rachel

    I know most of you were fans and things from my grandpa/uncle i didnt know him all that well. But he is in a better place now. Me my mom my gradmom and his wife jean all miss him terrible. He did many get things that most people dont get to do. Well he lived a live of goodness and he was very healthy. we all have to remeber the good times and think of ” he is in a better place”

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