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Stvimpe wrote:Just stumbled upon this great thread. Fascinating in-depth story with very nice pictures. New to me. And some comments from Anita Wood's daughter. Wow. Thank you, Doc.
Paul Shaffer (in the gorilla costume), Anita Wood and Watson Davis (who later became infamous as "Sivad" on WHBQ-TV) in front of the Plaza Theatre located in the Poplar Plaza shopping center in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo taken in late May of 1961...
He donned a cape, cane, top hat and false vampire teeth to become the local "Monster of Ceremonies" for the WHBQ-TV weekly horror program "Fantastic Features." The Saturday evening show debuted September 1962 and showed old horror and sci-fi movies to a new generation of kids. The show began with "Sivad" driving a horse-drawn hearse (in a foggy Overton Park near the Brooks Art Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee), pulling a coffin from the back of the hearse and then opening it all to the strains of Leigh Stevens' score from the 1950 sci-fi film "Destination Moon." Sivad made many personal appearances around the Mid-South in the 1960s and 1970s drawing an estimated 30,000 fans at an appearance at the Mid-South Fairgrounds in 1963.
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