If you are a baby boomer who grew up in Cleveland then the name Ghoulardi probably brings back fond memories of your younger days. Now you can pay tribute to the local TV icon in addition to other past local TV and radio celebrities when you attend the annual GhoulardiFest, a huge pop culture celebration taking place in Parma, Ohio on Friday, November 2, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4.
A Bit About Ghoulardi Portrayed by Ernie Anderson (who went on to become the voice (announcer) for ABC-TV for many years), Ghouldardi’s Shock Theatre show on WJW-TV (Channel 8) became a staple on late night Cleveland TV on Friday evenings . The show hosted by Ghoulardi featured the showings of “B” science fiction and horror films and included live commentaries by Ghoulardi during the breaks in the movie. The show also featured Anderson’s friends and co-workers as a supporting cast. The show ran from January, 1963 through December, 1966.
Ghoulardi had several catch phrases including, “Turn blue,” “Cool it,” “Stay sick” and “Knif” (Fink backwards).
GhoulardiFest Attracting more than 5000 fans at last year’s Fest, this year’s GhoulardiFest features weather forecaster Dick Goddard, Big Chuck, Lil’ John, Hoolihan, Son of Ghoul and pop culture historian Mike Olszewski.
Activities include a Karaoke contest with prizes awarded, photo ops with local celebrities, a pizza eating contest, readings by Robert and the Midnight Movie.
Be sure you don’t miss the classic Guitarzan Skit being performed live by Big Chuck, Lil’ John , Son of Ghoul and Hoolihan (Friday at 8 p.m,, Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.).
New this year is the Saturday Morning Cartoon Carnival hosted by Mike Olszewski featuring cartoons from the past made famous on local kids’ shows (like Barnaby, Woodrow the Woodsman, Captain Penny and Franz the Toymaker). Cartoons include “Krazy Kat,” The Mighty Hercules,” “Ruff and Ready,” “Dick Tracy” and “Felix the Cat.” Many of the cartoons haven’t been shown since the 1960’s.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by Beatles- inspired groups the ReBeats (Saturday evening) and Nowhere Men (Sunday afternoon)in addition to music by TAKE II.
There will also be a Dealers Room where a multitude of vendors will be on hand to sell memorabilia, collectibles, autographs, toys, posters and videos.
Hours for the GhoulardiFest are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 for one day or $30 for a a 3-day ticket.
For more information on the GhoulardiFest call 440-230-4500 or get online at www.theghoulardifest.com.
The GhoulardiFest is being held at the UAW Hall located at 5615 Chevrolet Blvd. in Parma, Ohio.