Ghoulardi – Shock Theater Host


In 1963, someone who calls himself Ghoulardi has caged nearly every teen-age mind in Cleveland.

He is both host and intruder on a daily series of old one-reel comedies on WJW-TV. He wears a pointed, Satanic goatee, trick glasses and a horned hairdo—in the understandable hope that the adult community will not recognize him as Ernie Anderson, erstwhile announcer of commercials for power companies and banks.

Ghoulardi plays bongo drums on human skulls, and he hits fungos with shrunken heads; but mainly he just plays the nut clown. He shows ads that say, “Drink Ghoulaid,” and he says he likes to read The Tragedy of Ghoulius Caesar. From college he graduated magna ghoul laude. Perhaps because he sees himself as another Ghoul Brynner, he has a ghoult complex. His favorite ballplayer is Ghoul Hodges. This goes on until adults can justifiably despair of teendom as a world they never made.

But Cleveland teen-agers imitate Ghoulardi as if he were the exemplar deity of an unimaginably perfect race. When he invented the word Knif—fink spelled backward—and began offering Knif buttons, he got requests for thousands. High school teachers hold spelling bees between Knifs and Ghoulardis, and football coaches similarly divide their teams for intrasquad scrimmages. One day Anderson said: “All the world’s a purple Knif.” Now every kid in Cleveland is saying that. He thinks the name Oxnard, as in Oxnard, Calif., is hilarious. He named a crow Oxnard. Kids all over the Cleveland area are calling one another Oxnard.

Ghoulardi intrudes himself into the old movies he hosts. In One Million Years B.C., an animal-like man was tearing away at a hunk of meat. Suddenly Ghoulardi’s head popped into the picture, saying, “Cool it. Don’t eat that stuff. I’ll take you around the corner and get you a good pizza.” Zow. In another film, a mad scientist had turned a group of people into micromidgets. “What do you want?” said the scientist to the grumbling group. Ghoulardi, superimposed in miniature, raised his hand and said, “The men’s room.”

There is a widespread canard that 1963’s teen-agers are brighter, quicker, and of higher intellectual potential attainment than any previous generation. Ghoulardi has knocked that theory into a cocked hat. Or rather into a football helmet with faucets sticking out of it. He wears one. Zow.

Source: Time Magazine Internet Article

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eBay Finds: Ace Frehley Vintage Costume

During my data mining into all things vintage monsters, novelties and such of my childhood. I also remember taking a trip down to Kmart in the 1970’s to look at the costumes every year with my parents. I was able to pick out one costume for myself. As far as I can remember through the years I have been Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, Spiderman and Batman (I think once the Joker, too). I remember seeing the KISS costumes, but my parents would not let me pick those. If only I knew how much some of these things are worth now, maybe I would have taken more care of them. Oh well, se le vie.

eBay Listing: KISS ACE Costume

Vintage KISS Ace Frehley Collegeville Halloween Costume ORIGINAL BOX Very Good Condition

Starting Bid: $764.99

Item – Vintage KISS Ace Frehley Collegeville Halloween Costume and Mask in ORIGINAL BOX. Dated 1978. FLAME RETARDANT.

Manufacturer – Collegeville Flag & Mfg. Co. Collegeville, Pa. 19426. Costume and Mask made in U.S.A.

Material – Costume is 80% Rayon and 20 % Vinyl Film. Treated to retard flame. Do not wash.

Condition – Used VINTAGE items. Overall Very, Very Good Condition. The costume has light discoloration noted on the back side (upper white portion). There is a small seam split on the back where the pants and top meet. No other tears, stains or splits. The colorful Ace Frehley design on the shirt top is near immaculate – VERY NICE! The mask has a few short splits on the lower back side underneath the chin. The mask’s hair is near perfect! The rubber band on the back is in perfect condition! There are no added staples or tape found on the mask – it is also VERY NICE! The ORIGINAL box is in good condition with minor edge and corner wear, along with a few slight creases. The plastic film (window) is undamaged and completely intact. The colorful pictures, graphics and lettering on the box are in very good condition with only minor fading noted. The original price tag is still on the box.

This HARD TO FIND VINTAGE Ace Frehley Collegeville Halloween Costume and Mask in it’s ORIGINAL Box is about as good as they get – AWESOME!

Size – Medium (8-10 yr.) Fits child 47 inches to 52 inches tall.

Age – Dated 1978.

I am not sure why this staring bid is so high, since I have seen Gene and Paul for hundreds lower. But remember Ace was the bad seed of the group. There was always something going on with ACE! Maybe that is the reason why. Will this sell? Not sure, but it is a great ebay find.