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SO MANY SIGHTS TO SEE ON OUR SPRING 2015 TRIP!!!

On Saturday March 28th we checked out of our hotel in Chesterfield, MO before seeking out some weird St. Louis sights. Thanks to awesome books such as the “Weird” series (specifically “Weird Missouri” in this case) along with online resources such as Roadside America, we were able to find some fun things we could seek out in between our main attractions. We had two spots flagged for our brief visit in St. Louis; one a gas station shaped like a giant flying saucer and the other a giant eyeball located in a sculpture park.

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The Terror Daves visit Svengoolie at the Studio Part 2!

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Dave: Doug Scharf (a.k.a. Doug Graves) arrived at the studio and this was a big deal to me. I’d watched him accompany Svengoolie during his musical numbers since I was eight years old as well as participate in various skits and viewer mail segments. He settled in and I was particularly happy to see that he’d brought his horn with him which meant I’d get to see him play two instruments for two different numbers! As soon as he arrived, he and Sven hunkered down Sven to discuss their segments.

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The Terror Daves visit Svengoolie at the Studio Part 1!

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On Friday March 27th, we headed out to Chicago to do something we’d dreamt of doing since first becoming Terror Daves five years ago; being present for a Svengoolie taping at the studio! I’d been there before back in 2013 and had the honor of throwing chickens at him during the beginning & end sequences of The Leech Woman and Dracula along with getting to see some of my favorite props such as Tombstone, Durwood, & Kerwyn. At the time, the studio rules were pretty strict and I wasn’t allowed to share that experience on social media nor on this site which was pretty painful since I was so excited about it that wanted to shout it from the roof tops. Happily, I’ve now been given permission to do so as well as share our experiences during this visit (provided we waited until those shows aired and didn’t give anything away in terms of content). Here are some shots from my first visit in 2013…

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Lions, Tigers, Bears…& Metaluna Monsters: Svengoolie appears at Brookfield Zoo!

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After enjoying an afternoon seeing the animals at Brookfield Zoo, we headed over to their Discovery Center where my AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers) Chapter was hosting its annual Vital Ground fundraiser. It’s an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with the money raised to be used for obtaining property out west in grizzly bear country. The buildings or lots purchased are then converted back to their natural state so the animals can use them for travel and aid in finding mates, food, etc. I’ve been going to these dinners long before I joined AAZK because they also feature an appearance by my favorite horror host, Svengoolie…the man indirectly responsible for bringing us Terror Daves together in the first place.

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It’s Always the Right Time & Place at the Dr. WHO inspired “Blue Box Cafe!”

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 The 2015 Terror Dave Road Trip beings!

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you just plain need a vacation! We Terror Daves are no exception as the responsibilities of our daily lives have kept us hopping these past months; inadvertently driving our attention away from this blog. Thankfully the site has been doing pretty well despite our blatant neglect and we’re hopeful this year will see a brand new Dave a Dawning (so to speak). After all, behind Terror from Beyond the Daves is a friendship between two fanboys who share many diverse interests; many of which explored on this site.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MASK-COLLECTOR SCOTT SOLOMON

My love of Halloween masks started in 1984 when I received my first mask catalog from Distortions Unlimited. I was totally blown away by the creativity of the designs, especially with the aliens. From there I received a catalog from the now defunct company House Of Horror Studios and immediately bought my first mask, Living Death. This mask was a zombie corpse and I also bought a set of matching hands. This purchase was all it took to become obsessed.

DAVE01A small portion of various masks and model kits from my collection.

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