The Museum of Broadcast Communications lies near the foot of Chicago’s Marina Towers which, so far as this night was concerned, was not without its irony. Back when I was growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, it was home to our favored UHF station, WFLD Channel 32. Whenever I was home sick from school it provided a welcome alternative to the soap opera-soaked major networks by offering much more satisfying shows such as Tennessee Tuxedo, The Munsters, and Banana Splits.
Of course those programs would only tie me over until the weekend when Channel 32 would unleash its REAL entertainment. On Saturday nights I’d drop a blanket in front of the family television set and prepare for two hours of monsters, air-popped popcorn, and guaranteed laughs via my favorite horror host, Son of Svengoolie. Yes, despite the constant struggle with our TV antennae in an effort to minimize its often snowy reception, my memories of those nights remain crystal clear.
I remember his hilarious parody songs and wonderful skits such as “Mr. Robbers Neighborhood” which, as I always pointed out to my friends at school, was a much better parody of PBS’ “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” than Eddie Murphy’s similar sketch on Saturday Night Live. I can also remember singing the “Dr. Rabbees” song on the playground in fourth grade…making up whatever lyrics I couldn’t recount from that one time I saw him parody David Naughton’s “Dr. Pepper” commercial. I remember making the other kids laugh while I’d contort my face so they’d have an easier time imagining my implied transformation into a werewolf like Son of Svengoolie did.
But one thing none of us could ever have imagined was that over three decades later Rich Koz’s Son of Svengoolie (now simply Svengoolie) would still be entertaining us on Saturday nights (thanks to WCIU and MeTV) while alongside our own children. Nor could I have dreamt that one magical evening I’d bear witness to that familiar coffin of his (the one that faithfully protected him from a weekly onslaught of rubber chickens) finding its way into an official Svengoolie exhibit at a downtown museum.
Regardless of my limited imagination, BOTH would prove true with the latter having taken place just two weeks ago. Friday October 10, 2014 would see a night of a thousand Sven fans (or at least a few hundred really colorful ones) converging on The Museum of Broadcast Communications for “An Evening with Rich Koz: Celebrating 35 Years as Svengoolie”…an experience none of us will ever forget.
The Daves are excited to announce the return of Midnite Mausoleum! After a short hiatus the girls are back which is great news for us horror host fans. Anyone who has met Marlena, Robyn and the man behind the scenes, Blake Powell, at various events know what great people they are and how well-deserved this opportunity is! Marlena was kind enough to do a short interview with us, giving us all a better idea of what’s going on. The last time we interviewed them (which you can catch HERE) was in 2011 and it went on to be one of our most popular posts!
With just a few days recovery from mine and the other Terror Dave’s vacation/road trip, it was time to resume my favorite Chicago past time…keeping up with national horror host, Svengoolie! We enjoyed seeing him at Brookfield Zoo for my AAZK Chapter’s annual Vital Grounds fundraiser (which David covered HERE) and were honored when he agreed to also have dinner with us the following evening (this time as mild-mannered Rich Koz) along with Jim Roche at The Squared Circle restaurant.
Greetings and welcome to the April 2014 Horror Host Report! On this day, we Terror Daves are currently together in Pennsylvania checking out the Pittsburgh Zoo as well as a UFO crash site (more on that in an upcoming post).
Conclusion to the 2013 Nightmare on Chicago Street…
Feeling a bit awkward, I made my way up the stage and starting snapping photos of Svengoolie addressing The Nightmare on Chicago Street crowd. I later learned there were nearly 7,000 people out there which, had I known at the time, would have me a nervous wreck! Elizabeth Haney was determined to capture a Sven’s eye view of things and the last thing I wanted to do was let her down. Seeing the immense crowd really brought home the full power Svengoolie had on my fellow fans. Sven cracked a joke about it being so cold he was glad he had his iphone because he’s “freezing his apps off” and the conest began…