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Lessons on Being a Grown-Up fromů Vincent Price?
PJ Media ^ | February 5, 2013 | Kathy Shaidle

Posted on 02/13/2013 9:17:27 AM PST by Squawk 8888

The Seventies was a lousy time to be a kid.

Oh, sure, it wasn’t all bad:

We didn’t wear bike helmets. Our parents made us play outside (“Get out of this house, and don’t come back ’til the street lights come on!”). We “bounced around in the back of the station wagon.” No one was allergic to peanut butter, or very much else.

Evel Knievel was a role model.

But something freakish, sinister, and incomprehensible was always being talked about, over at the Me Decade’s grown ups’ table:

Watergate (which had something to do with “bugs” invading America, I concluded; men in suits talked about it on TV so much, they interrupted my lunchtime Flintstones for months), the Patty Hearst kidnapping, Vietnam, Jimmy Carter, Bicentennial toilet seats, The Gong Show, hijackings, the Loud family, D.B. Cooper, divorce, things called “muggings,” crying Indians, gas station lineups and an unprecedented combination of high inflation, unemployment, and interest rates that adults muttered about in worried voices just out of earshot.

Epitomized by Howard Hughes’ will, fakery was epidemic:

We decorated our houses with plastic flowers and fruit. Squeaking drugstore paperback racks were laden with books about astrology, crypto-zoology, alien astronauts, and other junk history. “Everyone knew” that some all-powerful “They” had gotten away with killing the Kennedys and King. What chance did a timid, puny seven-year-old girl have?

If a rich child porn aficionado could bury a bunch of kids in their school bus, what the hell couldn’t happen?

A kid needed a break.

If you lived in my part of the world, starting around 1971, that respite came in the form of a cheap local TV show called The Hilarious House of Frightenstein.

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That show was an afternoon staple when I was a kid.
1 posted on 02/13/2013 9:17:29 AM PST by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 02/13/2013 9:19:36 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888
absolutely loved, Chuck Barra's The GONG! Show

3 posted on 02/13/2013 9:21:20 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Squawk 8888
We didn’t wear bike helmets. Our parents made us play outside (“Get out of this house, and don’t come back ’til the street lights come on!”). We “bounced around in the back of the station wagon.” No one was allergic to peanut butter, or very much else. Evel Knievel was a role model.

Wow, that is a bang-on description of my childhood in the 70's. Thanks for sharing! (actually my mom HATED Evel Knievel. She suffered endless nightmares about sons with broken bikes and broken bones thanks to him. I think she honestly would have ridden a Greyhound all the way to Montana for a chance to smack him in the puss)


4 posted on 02/13/2013 9:28:19 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Squawk 8888

The part with the DJ was the best! Cannot hear that Sly & the Family Stone song (Boom Shaka Laka Laka!) without thinking about that show. It was so out there!


5 posted on 02/13/2013 9:29:29 AM PST by getarope (Time for the repubs to grow some balls and STOP the Kenyan in his tracks NOW!)
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To: Squawk 8888

If this was on in my area, I did not see it. I was too busy waiting for the porch light to come on.


6 posted on 02/13/2013 9:33:37 AM PST by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: getarope
Let's not forget the Best National Anthem Ever:

Gory, Gory Transylvania
Where werewolves and bats will always maim ya
The murky moat will likely maim ya
As we go stumbling through

7 posted on 02/13/2013 9:34:23 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Ingtar

It was a local show that aired in Hamilton, Ontario and later syndicated in the USA so not everyone had it.


8 posted on 02/13/2013 9:36:12 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888

> “Get out of this house, and don’t come back ’til the street lights come on!”

This would be a great tag-line.


9 posted on 02/13/2013 9:42:46 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Your only guarantee of free speech is the gun you own.)
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To: Squawk 8888

so this i where MJ got the idea for Vincent Price’s rap segment on THRILLER... cool...


10 posted on 02/13/2013 9:45:51 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Squawk 8888
At the age of 13 in 1972 I was given a speedometer for my purple Schwin Stingray. During the average day during the summer We put 40 miles on that odometer. When school was in session it was around ten miles. We carried fishing gear, skateboards, canned food, sports gear, etc.....as we ventured far and wide from our basecamp neighborhood.

Now kids get a fine and court appearance for the same thing. That and a counselor specializing in childhood obesity.

11 posted on 02/13/2013 9:46:51 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blackdog

***At the age of 13 in 1972 ...***

Life was more fun back in the 1950s and 60s.


12 posted on 02/13/2013 9:55:15 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Too old to cut the mustard any more.)
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To: Squawk 8888

In Los Angeles we had Vampira, then later Seymour, and finally Elvira at night, and a show that was briefly on in the afternoons, Shrimpenstein.


13 posted on 02/13/2013 9:55:41 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

In Pittsburgh we had “Chilly Billy” Cardille who was perhaps the lone horror movie host that did not wear makeup (he apparently thought his normal persona as the Channel 11 weatherman was scary enough) SCTV’s Joe Flaherty, a Pittsburgh native, allegedly based his “Monster Horror Chiller Theater” on Cardille’s show. Chilly Billy is now 84 and still doing a daily radio gig.


14 posted on 02/13/2013 10:10:38 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

In Chicago, we had “Svengoolie”, and now “Son of Svengoolie”, who was a fan of the show who ended up replacing the old guy.


15 posted on 02/13/2013 10:32:51 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Squawk 8888
The Seventies was a lousy time to be a kid.

Oh, sure, it wasn’t all bad:

We didn’t wear bike helmets. Our parents made us play outside (“Get out of this house, and don’t come back ’til the street lights come on!”). We “bounced around in the back of the station wagon.” No one was allergic to peanut butter, or very much else.

We played TACKLE football....without helmets or padding...and baseball without leagues.

16 posted on 02/13/2013 10:52:41 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: Boogieman; Buckeye McFrog
Here in the Metro Detroit Area in the 70's, during Saturday Afternoon we had the creepy-campy "Sir Graves Ghastly" and late at night, after the "Lou Gordon Show" we had "The Ghoul"

Plunk yer magic twanger, Froggie!
Hiya Gang, Hiya, Hiya, Hiya...
17 posted on 02/13/2013 11:17:13 AM PST by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: Rebel_Ace
Found them. Here's The Ghoul:

The Ghoul

And here's Sir Graves Ghastly:

Sir Graves
18 posted on 02/13/2013 11:22:42 AM PST by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: blackdog

My bike was my ticket to freedom, that and the 10-cent subway fare.


19 posted on 02/13/2013 11:26:48 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Squawk 8888
We used to skip school, take the train into downtown Philadelphia and spend the day in the historical district because we would blend in with all the other kids visiting the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall. We would go to the museums, exhibits, have lunch in a real restaurant, and ride the train back to the burbs before our parents got home.

Joke's on us I suppose. We didn't need the school.

20 posted on 02/13/2013 12:10:25 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Thanks for the ping.


21 posted on 02/13/2013 1:15:51 PM PST by GOPJ ( Illegal immigrants: violent boorish party crashers. Send them home, call police - make them leave.)
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To: Squawk 8888

In the DC Metro area, there was Count Gore DeVol with his “Creature Feature”.

http://www.countgore.com/

And who can forget Dr. Paul Bearer?

http://www.drpaulbearer.com/

Good times...good times.


22 posted on 02/13/2013 1:59:26 PM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

In Indy, we had Channel 4. During the day we had Cowboy Bob, who we were convinced did the show stoned. In the afternoon it was Popeye & Janie. Janie was perpetually pregnant. My sister’s girl scout Troop appeared on the show and while Janie came off all sugary sweet during the show, my sister said she screamed at them during the commercials. Finally, Saturday night had Sammy Terry, the horror show host. The rumor was that Sammy Terry & Janie were married.


23 posted on 02/13/2013 2:58:32 PM PST by henkster (I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)
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To: Rebel_Ace; Squawk 8888

‘we had “The Ghoul” (outta Deeeeeee-troit)

We lived north of Detroit then, and after the local channels had gone off the air, our TV could pick up Detroit channels. I could sneak out of the downstairs bedroom, and watch The Ghoul at midnite. I got the crap scared out of me! The Fly, Blood on Satan’s Claw, 13 Ghosts,etc.


24 posted on 02/13/2013 3:12:01 PM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Squawk 8888

I loved that show, still do.
Billy Van WAS the show. He played most of the characters (Bwana Clyde Batty, Grizelda, the Count and on and on). He passed away a few years ago, but he left a great legacy. I still find that show on satellite and watch it when I can.


25 posted on 02/13/2013 6:14:26 PM PST by Dartman (Mubarak and Gaddafi are going to look like choirboys when this is over)
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To: Rebel_Ace

Stay sick. Scratch glass. Climb walls. Turn Blue. Do it while you can, but don’t get caught!!! Bye!!


26 posted on 02/13/2013 8:06:56 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: henkster

In LA there was show called the Pier 5 Club, with host Tom Hatten. He showed Popeye cartoons and other kid’s cartoons. I was on the show in 1962, right after my fifth birthday. I still have the hat, membership card, faux mini Christmas tree and two decorations I got on the show.


27 posted on 02/13/2013 8:13:45 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: SoCal Pubbie

In Hawaii, we had Checkers and Pogo. Every kid in my elementary school watched it daily when they got home from school........until Mom had to change the channel to put on The Merv Griffin Show......I always hated Merv for that reason.


28 posted on 02/13/2013 8:16:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“Life was more fun back in the 1950s and 60s.”

The 40s were terrific too. We were always “shooting”
the Germans or Japanese.

Toy guns,guns,guns-——all made of metal,no plastic.

And with all that shooting we didn’t become a violent generation.

.


29 posted on 02/13/2013 8:19:00 PM PST by Mears
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To: Squawk 8888
Nostalgia.

You can still find Frightenstein on TV here and there on Saturday morning in some markets, and if you're up early enough.

My favourite segments were always the physics demonstrations by The Professor—Julius Sumner Miller, one of the great TV scientists. He was one of Albert Einstein's students. The most memorable one for me had to do with suction cups—Miller went to great lengths to insist that so-called "suction cups" stuck to things because of the outside air pressure pushing on them, and that if anyone insisted it had to do with suction, he would hunt them to the ends of the earth, or words to that effect. He was the straight man, giving an absolutely earnest physics lecture in the midst of a mad scientist's lab and all the other zaniness going on.

CHCH-TV was also the original home of Red Green. They put out years of classic TV on a shoestring budget.

30 posted on 02/13/2013 8:25:33 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: RansomOttawa
My favourite segments were always the physics demonstrations by The Professor—Julius Sumner Miller, one of the great TV scientists.

Here you go Julius Sumner Miller - Atmospheric Pressure

He puts Bill Nye, the "alleged" Science Guy, to shame.

31 posted on 02/13/2013 8:33:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Here you go Julius Sumner Miller - Atmospheric Pressure

As a matter of fact, I was just watching that a few minutes ago! Same method of delivery, and everything. I was actually quite pleased to (re)discover that Miller didn't talk down to kids or dumb down his vocabulary.

He puts Bill Nye, the "alleged" Science Guy, to shame.

I always preferred Beakman's World, myself. (In fairness to Bill Nye, he was a professional engineer, and he did study for a time under Carl Sagan.)

Do you remember Magnus Pyke, the British science presenter? Now there was a mad scientist if I ever saw one.

32 posted on 02/13/2013 9:03:44 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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