Friday, September 16, 2005

Count Gore's Grand Return

This post is mostly for anyone who grew up in the D.C. area. Online horror host Count Gore De Vol hosted an online chat today, courtesy of the Washington Post. He spins some great anecdotes about his time as the Count, Captain 20, and Bozo and shares some wisdom on horror movies. If the WP asks for a login and you don't have one, try Bugmenot. Both Miss L and I posted; see if you can guess which questions are ours.

For those who didn't grow up in D.C. during the late 70's and early 80's, Dick Dyszel was a local television host on WDCA 20, what is now the UPN station for the area. He hosted a kids program called W.O.W. as Captain 20, and late night horror movies as Count Gore. Hosts at one point in time were a vital component of local stations, and he was a damn good one. A few years ago, he started up his current website to play horror movies online, broadcasting material that slipped into the public domain. He now also has a site for Captain 20, mostly for historical purposes at this point.

Waking up to him, seeing him again in the afternoon when you got home from school, and sneaking downstairs to watch his shows late at night. It was kind of like having a crazy, fun uncle coming to visit you every day. If you didn't grow up watching his shows, it's hard to explain how much he was a part of the lives of all the kids in the area. This was pre-cable, so everyone...and I mean everyone....watched him.

Dyszel's moved back to the D.C. area, and will host the midnight movie, Young Frankenstein, Saturday night September 17 at the Landmark Theater in downtown D.C. Give him a warm welcome home if you go.


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