In addition to a book, Room 8
was also featured in countless newspaper and magazine articles, including such periodicals as Time and Look magazines, and television programs. As for fan mail,
he is said to have received more than 10,000 letters; the children of Elysian Heights Elementary School served as his secretary,
answering the cat's correspondence.
Room 8 turned into a cat who was famous for having been famous. But he was genuinely special, too. He loved the
life of the classroom. And with children he was unflappable.
Room 8 died in August 1968.
Upon the cat's passing, Los Angeles Times reporter Dial Torgerson wrote that Room 8 "took fame with feline equanimity, posing
casually for countless pictures, becoming ruffled only once, when asked to put his [aforementioned] paw prints in concrete
in front of the school. (He left so fast he provided a tail print, too.)"
Room 8 is buried at Calabasas
--This story appeared in the
Spring 2007 of the EPHS News.