Friday, January 09, 2009
R.I.P. Bob Wilkins
My friends back home in SF let me know of the passing of a local celebrity, Bob Wilkins.
Bob hosted a show called "Creature Features" during the 70's that was THE source for all of the classic monster movies BEFORE you had to pop them into a VHS, rent them on DVD, or now stream them through the net...in other words, free entertainment for any kid who had a TV.
This was on late saturday nights, and was worried by my parents to cause nightmares (which they did sometimes!).
Bob Wilkins would always be smoking a big cigar, while he would give a few anecdotes about the horror movie in focus, and interview guests.
He started another show, called Captain Cosmic, where he hosted many Japanese Anime or Live action shows (Ultraman, Starblazers, Spectreman) which really showed how ahead of his time he was.
He had a decoder game, in which you had to send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to receive the coveted Captain Cosmic Decoder card. If you sent in a postcard with the correct answer, you could win a prize! which I never won.
Anyway, an icon lost, and I know very much appreciated from all the weirdos and geeks that grew up in the Bay!