The author of “Silver Screen Reflections” celebrates the 40th anniversary of legendary Chicago/Berwyn-based monster/horror/sci-fi film host, Svengoolie (Mr. Rich Koz) and fellow super SvenPals everywhere!
The opening to (Son of) Svengoolie (portrayed by Rich Koz)’s June 1979 debut broadcast on WFLD-TV. Note how the coffin still has the drawing of the senior Sven (portrayed by Jerry G. Bishop from 1970-73).
June 16, 1979: The “Son of Svengoolie” (portrayed by Koz) made his big broadcast debut on the Chicago/Berwyn airlanes of WFLD-TV 32, according to Sven’s official site. The opening introduction to (son of) Sven’s first show was narrated by radio disc jockey and television personality Jerry G. Bishop (Bishop portrayed the senior “Svengoolie” on WFLD’s “Screaming Yellow Theater” horror film showcase from 1970-73).
Since Me-TV (sister station to Sven’s hometown station in Berwyn/Chicago since 1995, WCIU) came to the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area in early 2013 (as part of the network’s coast-to-coast expansion), I have been watching Sven’s classic evening horror/monster/creature/sci-fi/thriller film showcase (of classic Universal (and Universal’s pre-1948 Paramount) monster/horror/sci-fi/thriller features, along with recent additions of classic Columbia/Embassy and Warner Bros./Warner-owned monster/thriller/sci-fi/creature features, including several independently-produced features)! And since the creation of “Silver Screen Reflections” with my weekly Sven film article posts and joining the Twitter airlanes in Sept. 2015, I have connected with many fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast by live-tweeting during Sven’s Sat. classic film showcase on Me-TV! A wonderful crowd of fellow classic horror/creature/monster/thriller/sci-fi film aficionados!
Happy 40th anniversary to the Emmy-award and Rondo-award winning Svengoolie and to Sven’s alter-ego, Mr. Rich Koz (along with Doug Graves/Doug Scharf, Kerwyn & Zalman T. Tombstone)! Here’s to many more years of classic horror/sci-fi/monster/creature features on the big broadcast airlanes from coast-to-coast on Me-TV! Keep up the excellent work, Sven! Kudos and three cheers to Sven, Sven’s production team and to all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast! -C.H.