Author Topic: What we (UMA'ers) grew up on??? Remembering the fun.  (Read 8656 times)

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Re: What we (UMA'ers) grew up on??? Remembering the fun.
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2011, 02:33:56 PM »
Awww, CreepysFan- it was such an event when the movie came on. There were jokes and skits and beloved characters.....it was really cool because a lot of the movies were "scary" and it let you take a break from the seriousness of the movie without putting your head under a pillow. I especially love "the Glob". He was a character that sang songs and lightened the mood with masterpieces like "The King Kong Stomp".

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« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2011, 03:15:22 PM »
Thanks Hep. I entered the Mummy. I glued tiny strips of old T-shirt to him. Covered him entirely in cloth wrap. Took quite awhile to do.  As I remember he really did turn out good.........Buddy

Man, that's pretty freaking impressive Buddy!! I don't suppose any pics survived??
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« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2011, 08:35:24 PM »
KING KONG is the first movie I remember seeing and started my fascination with gorillas & giant apes.  FRANKENSTEIN is the next movie I remember seeing and started my love of monsters in general.  I saw these movies at around 5 years old.  Our local Indiana Horror Host, Sammy Terry's Nightmare Theater hit the tube in 1962, followed a year later by a tv special program called MONSTERS WE'VE KNOWN & LOVED - that was it!  Monster Kid!  Next came The Mighty Kong, Son Of Garloo, Aurora Models, Dinosaurs, MPC Monsters, & Palmer Monsters.  TV consisted of Lost In Space, Twilight Zone, Dark Shadows, The Avengers, Batman, etc.  Sammy Terry was often followed by Championship Wrestling with grapplers like Dick The Bruiser (google him!), The Crusher, Moose Cholak & Wilbur Snyder, inspiring me to suspend my disbelief and eventually leading me into that bizarre world of "grunt & groan" , myself. 

Bob's Store, a locally owned mom & pop where I bought FMOF, Creepy, Eerie, Wrestling mags & Eerie Publications bloody horror comics.  And ten cent pops & nickel Zero Candy Bars.  Bob's Store is long gone.  Creepy Crawlers, Vampire Blood and Glow-In-The-Dark Paint - hell, anything that glowed in the dark!  Monsters, Superheroes & Wrestling filled my life.

1997 - The USPS presents The Universal Monsters Stamps, and my wife buys me a sheet or two.  When Toys-R-Us sets out the Aurora re-issues, the monster memories come flooding back.  Several years after that, I find EBAY, and even though many people hold it in disdain, for me it opened up the whole universe - the universe I knew as a child, pre-teen & teenager - The Universal Monsters!!  And the nostalgia just keeps on comin'! 

And now, the UMA - Thank God for it!

Monsters We've Known And Loved (1963) PART 1 OF 2

Monsters We've Known And Loved (1963) PART 2 OF 2

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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2011, 11:06:51 AM »
UP, you remember the fun quite well! Very interesting post! And Oh! Those Zero bars!   Buddy

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« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2011, 12:09:47 PM »
I never got to see the original films till I was in my twenties.. They didn't show them around here and I couldn't afford them on VHS until then. But I loved everything about the monsters. When I saw my first Universal- Dracula- 1931- I was hooked on Black and White horror movies. For me as a Kid, it was all about the Dinosaurs, a love I have of them to this day. While Universals or Corman films never aired where I live, Godzilla films showed and I loved Godzilla movies. And when I found a Remco Frankenstein and Dracula, I got them- 4 bucks apiece in 1983- and I wore them out, playing with them. I wish I still had them. And My monster machine plaster figure maker.  I got books on Monsters and Mythical beasts and I remember my fourth grade art classes being dominated by portraits of Dracula, the Creature, the Blob, and my favorites- Frankenstein, the Mummy, and Godzilla. I even tried for a time to publish some of my horror fiction stories.
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Re: What we (UMA'ers) grew up on??? Remembering the fun.
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2011, 01:13:11 PM »
You'll Die Laughing! cards, The Outer Limits, Alcoa Presents One Step Beyond and The Twilight Zone on television. Outre episodes of television shows like The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, especially the one about the chicken.

1963 comes along and so does my first memory of our local TV horror host, the delightfully weird "Ronald" the ghoul on WVEC's Shock Theater.  Lon Chaney Jr. as The Mummy.  The original King Kong, Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, The Giant Claw, Frankenstein.  Going to the White Tower hamburger joint with my brother and then going home to watch Boris Karloff dunk Marilyn Harris in the lake.

Writing my own stories and having my father (who drew human beings better than I) to illustrate them. 

In art class, sculpting papier mache beings I invented myself, from a planet of my own creation, and explaining them to my schoolmates as real creatures from a real world (and convincing a few!).

Great television shows that didn't appeal only to kids but to all ages: The Munsters, My Favorite Martian.  Being very disappointed when my mom informed me that I could not meet Uncle Martin in person  no matter how much I wanted to do so because he simply didn't exist.

Teenage years and  2001: A Space Odyssey.  Sharing my love of monsters with my young nephew.  Becoming aware of the huge Planet of the Apes fandom through visiting him at his house and listening to his friends talk about their collections and watching them build models from Aurora kits.  Taking my nephew Ed to the movies and enduring those chesey '70s Godzilla flicks with good humor, knowing Ed was gonna grow up to be a Monster Kid like me!


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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2011, 04:34:53 PM »
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You'll Die Laughing! cards,


I totally remember those cards as a kid. Such good memories that keep us happy,
even as wee get older.
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2011, 10:57:13 PM »
I got into building "monster " models because of a TV horror host by the name of Ghoulardi, it started around 1962-63 in Cleveland,Ohio. Ghoulardi (real name - Ernie Andersen ) would come on friday nights as I recall,my mom allowed us to stay up to watch his show, Ghoulardi was COOL, He shot off firecrackers right on the show, That's how I started up my Aurora monster building,Ghoulardi would blow them up on television. I sent him a monster drawing I made one time and he posted it on his backdrop right ther on TV. Well, I never missed any of his shows, it was the COOL thing to do back then in Cleveland. Recently I found some old clips of Ghoulardi on youtube, Boy do they bring back memories. Anyway it was a Good Time to be a kid, as Ghoulardi would say STAY SICK, TURN BLUE.  >:D

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« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2011, 12:57:24 PM »
Yes, Ghoulardi! That's a name that I remember from the distant past! A buddy of mine used to rave about Ghoulardi. His father was a couch potato from way back and his family therefore had cable early on. They thus received the Cleveland stations.

Here's Ghoulardi:

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RARE GHOULARDI CLIP FROM EARLY 60'S FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW


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« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2011, 03:59:26 PM »
Cool thread! So many monster moments in a 5-6yr period. I was old enough to appreciate the mid-to-late 60's monster boom & all the trappings. All the TV shows: Batman, Dark Shadows, Irwin Allen, Addams Family, etc. FM #39, the 1st monster mag I ever set eyes on. King Kong & Return of Dracula, the 1st monster flix I can put a title to were experienced in this time frame as well. Toy dinosaurs, Palmer monsters, Ben Cooper Halloween costumes, gum cards...so much during these formative years, a great time to be a kid!
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« Reply #25 on: August 01, 2011, 11:44:54 PM »
One of the true founding fathers of the horror host genre....did you know Ernie was also the announcer for years on Family Feud?

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« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2011, 08:33:26 AM »
Evidently station management lived in constant fear of what Ghoulardi was going to say on air because it was all live.

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« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2011, 09:58:27 AM »
Inspired by Dr. Frankenstein, as a tot I would perform my own brain transplants by making monster heads (skull, brain and all) using clay or Play Doh. Then, with the plastic scalpel from my doctor kit, I'd proceed to remove the tops of the heads and switch brains. Luckily my family found this more entertaining than disturbing.

I also recall making a small Frankenstein Monster out of old clothes and a plastic milk container for a head.

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« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2011, 11:10:37 AM »
Moonshadow - Good to know you're still awesome after all these years!  What a cool kid you were!
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2011, 12:27:32 PM »
Cool thread! So many monster moments in a 5-6yr period. I was old enough to appreciate the mid-to-late 60's monster boom & all the trappings. All the TV shows: Batman, Dark Shadows, Irwin Allen, Addams Family, etc. FM #39, the 1st monster mag I ever set eyes on. King Kong & Return of Dracula, the 1st monster flix I can put a title to were experienced in this time frame as well. Toy dinosaurs, Palmer monsters, Ben Cooper Halloween costumes, gum cards...so much during these formative years, a great time to be a kid!


LundyAfterMidnight, you summed-up a period in time when Monsters were KING.
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