My brother-in-law, Joe, is a big Svengoolie fan. For those who don’t know who Svengoolie is, he’s a horror show icon in Chicago, but his show can be seen on Saturday nights courtesy of MeTV. From 8 to 10:30, you get to see an old B-horror film, with skits and songs from Svengoolie. It’s a great party for Saturday nights if you don’t feel like going out.
Every Saturday night Joe gets a pizza and watches Svengoolie. Many nights, especially in the winter, my husband and I watch at home too. Munching that late is something I rarely do, but I may have a shot of a vegan friendly alcoholic beverage.
A few years ago I was trying to decide what to get Joe for his birthday and remembered that I was acquainted with Heathcliff cartoonist, Peter Gallagher. I reached out to see if he’d be interested in doing a commission for me. I was thrilled when he said he would. And since Joe loves cats, I thought it was a good idea to let Peter Gallagher know, and there it is — his Heathcliff touch mixed in with the Svengoolie theme. I think Peter Gallagher went above and beyond!
My husband Dennis, his brother Joe (note the Svengoolie shirt!) and me
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I remember Svengoolie – looks a bit like Alice Cooper, dontcha think?
I’m curious…what’s your preferred alcoholic beverage?
I don’t think he looks like Alice Cooper, but he has that similar make-up.
Currently I’m loving peanut butter whiskey by Skatterbrain which is vegan.
The drawing makes me smile inside and out. It’s wonderful! 😊 The cats are the finishing touch. I watch Svengoolie sometimes. I like all the oldies on MeTV.
Aw, thanks so much! My brother-in-law loves our three cats so they had to be in there, and what better person to draw them than Peter Gallagher!
And, yes, MeTV has a wonderful oldies line-up.
That’s such a great present for your BIL, I’m sure he loved it! And as someone who loves cats too, that cartoon is awesome.
Love love Love Sven! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to dial in lately, but I watched him every Saturday I wasn’t out and at one point, DVR’d any week I wasn’t home. Reminds me of Saturdays at midnight and our local Ghost Host horror show back in the day during the old VHF and UHF days. Same idea, only a creepier host of the movies, though always dropping cornball drag like Svengoolie. I had that shirt, which glows in the dark, but it got lost in a move, oy.
Aw, I missed a lot of the old UHF days, as I was in my 20s back then and always out and about. Howie Pyro had a YouTube show where he talked about old horror magazines. Only a few were made and they were super cool. I was into all those magazines as a kid.
Do you remember Uncle Floyd on UHF Channel 68 Newark?
*Yes, that was a great show too! * *I met him a few times as well. He’s from New Jersey. *
I met Uncle Floyd too. I heard that John Lennon was also a big fan. Supposedly he would tape the show and send it to David Bowie who wrote a song about Uncle Floyd.
That is true. And David Bowie wrote a song about Uncle Floyd.
New Jersey’s got it! 🙂
I’ve seen Svengoolie on Me TV – on Saturday nights before Star Trek and The Night Stalker. I like horror movie shows with horror hosts – the best was Elvira. Thanks for posting.
Ah, I missed the whole Elvira thing. I was in my 20s and out and about. Maybe I can find her on YouTube or if she has something on DVD. I loved the Elvira movie, and Cassandra Petersen’s book. I saw her in person and she is absolutely gorgeous, I couldn’t take my eyes off her.
Haven’t thought about this in years! I remember as a kid, growing up in Chicago this was an institution. Watching Svengoolie and then Elvira, or maybe one and the same.