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In a fisherman's cap, he looks a bit like actor Lee Van Cleef of Western film fame.
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Pessimistic Optimist

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Dec 1, 2009
 
Fritz the Nite Owl rocks, dude!
Angry Young American

Circleville, OH

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Dec 1, 2009
 
Only 75? You're still a spring chicken (or a fledgling), Fritz. It's too bad local television no longer offers its own late night movie hosts or kids' programming. I have fond memories of Captain Penny, the Cool Ghoul, Big Chuck and Houlihan, etc. when growing up and Fritz's show down here in college.
Florida Buckeye

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Dec 1, 2009
 
I had the pleasure of working with Fritz for several years on "Night Owl Theater". What a true gentleman and professional. I will always have fond memories of those times.
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Dec 1, 2009
 

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i was very young when the late nite show went off the air. For some reason he use to scare the HELL out of me and my brother. I think it was the glasses
Heritage

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Dec 1, 2009
 
I saw Fritz in a restaurant about 25 years ago. In real life he came across just like as his broadcast persona. A laid back nice guy. Nice to see him still working. I hope he continues for many more years doing the thing that he loves.
Worthington Old Timer

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Dec 1, 2009
 
I remember working on Fritz' old car back in '72, with the promise of an on-air shout out and more "Nite Owl" to come.
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Dec 1, 2009
 
I used to work with Fritz's wife Pat; whenever he called and I talked to him it was spooky ... he wasn't just a spouse, he was 'Fritz the Night Owl'. You couldn't separate the voice.

He and Pat are great people. I wish the best to both of them.
WBNS Fan

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Hats off (or should I say glasses off ) to Fritz. He was part of the golden era of local TV and the great personalities of WBNS. They knew how to pick "em".
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To Fritz the Nite Owl -- "You're AWESOME! Thanks for all the time we've enjoyed watching movies with you and and the time we still enjoy listening to jazz with you."
DMR

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I seriously miss Fritz the Nightowl on tv, especially on the Friday night "Chiller" movies. Many of the movies were really bad, and the worse the movie the more fun Fritz was. Fritz also knew when a movie was a classic to work with that too. I also miss the banter that Fritz would have with Flippo. those were fun days for tv in Columbus. I should also note that my lifetime love of jazz was the impact that Fritz made on me, as an elmentary school kid, in the '60's listening to him on radio. Thanks for the great memories.
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Dec 1, 2009
 
Wow...what great memories!!!
K Roley

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Man, I wish I was 10 yrs old again. What a blast from the past. Night Owl and Chiller Theater, Flippo, Lucies Toyshop, Bill Pepper, Roy Briscoe, Joe Holbrook, Ted Mullins. WBNS-TV, the best.
K Roley

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Dec 1, 2009
 
How could I forget Chet Long and his Flattop haircut, Dan Imel who Flippo beat on, And Elias
(Lee) Vlisides.
Chuckieg

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Dec 1, 2009
 
Congrats to Fritz. I've been a listener since "Fritz the Night Owl" first filled the nights with jazz. His voice IS Jazz. A Columbus Great. Thanks Fritz!!!
R L Stine

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Dec 1, 2009
 
Fritz is one of the heroes of radio & TV. I'm proud to consider him a friend-- and so happy to see such a nice piece in tribute to him! R.L. Stine
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Dec 1, 2009
 
Congratulations Fritz. You are a Columbus icon. It's been years since I've heard his voice but this article brought it back in my mind like it was yesterday. So nice to read a positive story will all the yucky stuff going on out there.
Jeff in California

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Dec 1, 2009
 
So happy to hear that Fritz is still going strong. I've been out of the area for 30 years but I have very fond memories of Fritz the Nite Owl. He's almost as much a Columbus institution as Flippo. Happy Birthday, Fritz! Thanks for so much fun.
Pat M

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I worked evenings at WBNS radio in the early 60's. Fritz had the evening FM jazz show. He had a very large prison inmate following and as I rememeber called himself the "Great Green Thark". Something I still laugh about was his portayal of instructions on how to operate a Coke Machine - Army Training Film Style. Fritz was great to work with and whenever I think of him, I always smile.
Don't stop, Fritz!
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Dec 1, 2009
 
K Roley wrote:
Man, I wish I was 10 yrs old again. What a blast from the past. Night Owl and Chiller Theater, Flippo, Lucies Toyshop, Bill Pepper, Roy Briscoe, Joe Holbrook, Ted Mullins. WBNS-TV, the best.
Don't forget Wayne Byers. He also hosted Armchair Theater for a while before Fritz took over, I believe, and the news, of course. It was indeed a golden era. Great memories for this old Columbus kid!

I think Fritz the Nite Owl deserves a star on Hollywood Blvd. He is a classic.
MST 3000

Columbus, OH

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Dec 1, 2009
 
As a kid just old enough to stay up late on weekends in the 70s, I loved watching Night Owl Theater/Chiller Theater and Wolfman Jack's Midnight Specials. Has anyone noticed that the old Sci Fi show Mystery Science Theater 3000 is similar to Fritz's commentary on movies, just taken to an extreme. Think the idea for MST 3000 came from hearing Fritz? Thanks for the memories. Bless you, Fritz.

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