We Terror Daves were alarmed today regarding the news of our friend, Rich Koz a.k.a. Svengoolie (news story HERE). Not only is Sven a beloved figure in my native Chicago, he is the very reason this blog was possible in the first place. Back in September of 2009, a message from a Rhode Island fan (who’d grown up with Koz as The Son of Svengoolie when his show aired via a Boston channel) sent a message to the Svengoolie YAHOO forum asking if anyone in Chicago would send him new Svengoolie shows (this was before he’d go national). Although I’d seen and ignored countless versions of this message for years I decided to contact this one and, thus, met the other Terror Dave, David Albaugh. Albaugh and I soon became best of friends and our mutual love of Svengoolie, coupled with a curiosity about horror hosting in general, led to the creation of this blog.
Svengoolie had given me years of laughter during a tough childhood. He has continued to make me smile via his TV antics, while also becoming a good friend and comfort to me, these past difficult years. Many people meet their idols and are disappointed. I have the privilege of meeting mine and discovering that he’s even more fantastic than I could have ever imagined.
There are more Svengoolie stories from this past month that I’ll be posting soon. In the mean time, please offer some prayers for Rich Koz and his family. Cards and letters can be sent to the station at…
Svengoolie c/o MeTv Network. 26 North Halsted. Chicago, Illinois. 60661