My big brother Robert is nine years older than me. And when I came along, he was forced to share his bedroom with me.
Now that I am a grown-up, I feel like constantly apologizing for his having to put up with THAT!
So when he went to college . . . got married . . . moved out . . . some things got left behind.
And believe it or not, there are some of these things, that I did not break! Here is one of them . . .
Here's a first-issue 1961 Frankenstein model, in a photo taken last month. It makes me smile and be happy just to look at ol' Frank. He's proof that I didn't ruin EVERYTHING pertaining to my childhood.
I don't remember if I have ever offered to give him back to Robert, but why start now?
Next to Frank is HIS OWN pesky little brother, the provenance of which I don't recall. Its arms move and I think his green head and his hands are supposed to glow in the dark.
You'll meet a couple of Frank's cousins later this month. See you tomorrow, kiddies!
The resurgence in popularity of monsters started with the "Shock Theatre" release of Universal monster/sci-fi movies to TV stations in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s they had permeated popular culture and trickled down to the youth scene.
Many Boomers grew up with monsters in our living room -- wasn't it grand?
A nice synergy developed when somebody in marketing decided to cross-pollinate monsters with the surf-driven car-customizing crowd. And so we got, monster dragsters!
These are all re-issues of original Aurora kits. I haven't opened them yet.
My big brother had Frankenstein's Flivver. I can tell you from experience that Aurora did a smart thing by reusing pieces of the ORIGINAL Aurora model. The thorax, head, and left arm of the Frankenstein Monster were identical to the original kit!
From the looks of things, they might have re-used Dracula's original head in his kit. And Wolf Man's Wagon could have used the head, body, and right arm of the original.
Perhaps someday when my in-the-womb grandson is old enough, we'll open these kits and I'll give him a little monster schoolin'.
Here is my 2010 Halloween compilation. It has been unavailable until now because the hoster, Mega-you-know-who, is no longer extant.
Here's what's on the plate:
2Attack Of The Fifty Foot WomanThe Tubes4:25 3It's a Nerdy HalloweenHerbert Midgley2:42 4Frankie-SteinRobbie Robison2:58 5This Is HalloweenPanic! At the Disco3:27 6I Only Have Eyes for YouSpike Jones3:26 7Horray For HorrorwoodFrankenstein Drag Queens2:18 8It's HalloweenGreg Conley3:07 9Zombie DanceThe Cramps1:51 10Mummy BeachHot Lava2:59 11Love Song For A VampireAnnie Lennox4:12 12Creature with the Atom BrainJezusFactory2:40 13Saturday Evening GhostFrankie Stein and His Ghouls2:01 14Halloween SongEvangelicals2:15 15Mummy WalkContrails2:36 16 Main ThemeDracula Twins1:32 17Vincent PriceZombina & the Skeletones2:19 18Monster MashMisfits2:34 19Kids Halloween 10/30/2008ASK U1:14 20HalloweenLinda Book2:52 21Feed My FrankensteinAlice Cooper4:40 22Dead Man's CurveJan & Dean2:25 23Creature from Outer SpaceBig EyedBeans from Venus3:05 24Bo Meets the MonsterBo Diddley3:03 25TVThemeGigantor0:52 26Frankenstein StompCount Lorry & The Biters2:01 27The Skeleton In The ClosetLouis Armstrong3:08 28 Frankenstein TwistThe Crystals2:53 29 Frankenstein Meets The BeetlesJekyll & Hyde1:51
I was born at a very early age, in a hospital to be near my mother. After appearing in productions of both GODSPELL and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in the 1970s, I found a wonderful wife and wrote many love songs to her, but not as many love songs as I write to God my Savior and Redeemer. We have three kids (one of each) -- wait for it -- blonde, brunette, and redhead.