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Mercy

Columbus, OH

#21 Dec 1, 2009
I grew up in Central Ohio, and I can't remember when Fritz wasn't around. I listen to his jazz show every Sunday, and I love him. It's fabulous that he is still going strong after all these years! Go, Fritz!!!

Since: Aug 09

Columbus OH

#22 Dec 1, 2009
WOW!! This brings memories back to when I would stay over on Friday night at my cousin's house and we get pizza and Frosty Root Beer and watch Dragnet then Chiller Theater!!! Those were the BEST times!! Thanks Fritz for those memories!

Since: Sep 09

United States

#23 Dec 1, 2009
Fritz was and still is TV Gold and it's a shame WBNS-TV doesn't realize it! I too, worked with Fritz in the early 80's at Channel 10 and he was the coolest thing about working at the station. He's a rare bird, indeed and sadly the last of a truly dying breed. I wish him the best on his 75th birthday and may he rule for another 75! A titan of TV.....BTW, Greg W. is that you going by Florida Buckeye?
Reader

Columbus, OH

#24 Dec 1, 2009
Robert Osbourne Jr wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
Mr. Osbourne--this article is a reminder that movie hosting is almost a lost art. Thank you and the few others on cable (Dinner and a Movie is fun) who are continuing in that tradition. I personally didn't experience Fritz until I was an adult. Growing up in the Cleveland area we had Big Wilson and Ernie Anderson aka Ghoulardi. Great tradition.
The Happy Crab

Orange Park, FL

#25 Dec 1, 2009
Just thinking of Fritz still puts a smile on my face. Here's to your next 50 years on the air.
Balls Deep

Columbus, OH

#26 Dec 1, 2009
Fritz is one cool cat. Only good memories.
DEVO

Charleston, SC

#27 Dec 1, 2009
Fritz, you have always been the epitome of "cool." My earliest memories of Columbus, from when I arrived at Ohio State in 1976, involve that era's icons of local pop culture -- Flippo, Jerry Beck, and Fritz the Nite Owl.
I am so glad to see that Fritz continues doing what he loves -- thanks for keeping it going for all these years. A few years ago I had a nice conversation with Fritz in the old Kingsdale Lazarus; I was thrilled to have had that chance encounter ... ranks right up there with the time that I got cussed out by Bob Marvin (aka Flippo) for zipping into a parking space before he could!
Charlie White from NC

AOL

#28 Dec 1, 2009
Fritz! Happy Birthday! I moved to Circleville, OH to work for a NC company in 1975 and loved to watch you on late night WBNS after stumbling in from closing the bars!:) Have tried to imitate your performance many times with stories of the Night Owl being passed along to my friends over the years. We still travel to C'ville on a regular basis as I met and married my wife of 33 years there. Many thanks for the great late nite shows from that era and we wish you well and continued success! PARTY ON! We still are...and best wishes! I wish I could meet you and thank you personally some time!:) Warmest regards, CW
Jeannie

Columbus, OH

#32 Dec 1, 2009
I have great memories of Fritz, the Night Owl. What's even better, his granddaughters were students in my library -- thanks for the memories Fritz.
Finally

Galloway, OH

#33 Dec 1, 2009
I think it is wonderful that this entire thread is filled with accolades for Fritz. Not one nasty or negative thing has been said (knock on wood). That is really unheard of in this forum as people are generally out to be nasty for nastiness sake. This thread really says it all. The guy is pure class!

I loved Fritz and have so many fond memories of seeing him on chiller theatre. As kids, you didn't offically have a "sleep over" until you had survived the horror movie of the week. Some of them were so corny. But Fritz was always so cool. That's really saying a lot when an adult is considered cool by boys who are only 10 years old.

Thanks for all of the fond memories Fritz! Keep up the good work!

PS - I'll never forget the sleep over we had when "The Creeping Terror" aired on chiller theatre. I even had to go find a clip on YouTube to show my kids what a corny movie it was.:)
Bill Peerenboom

Fairfax, VA

#34 Dec 1, 2009
A fine tribute to a great "big brother!"

I went into the Navy and one time, when I was Captain of a Guided Missile cruiser, a new sailor came into my cabin for his "welcome aboard" check-in. He was duly respectful, and when I learned he was from Columbus, I asked if he was familiar with Fritz the Nite Owl - and mentioned that Fritz was my brother. I immediately noted that the sailor became nearly awestruck - Not because I was his Captain - but because I was related to Fritz! He had his priorities right!

“A generous swelling of pride!”

Since: Oct 09

Bob is livin' large!

#35 Dec 1, 2009
Finally wrote:
I think it is wonderful that this entire thread is filled with accolades for Fritz. Not one nasty or negative thing has been said (knock on wood). That is really unheard of in this forum as people are generally out to be nasty for nastiness sake.
I wouldn't say that. Some of us are being nasty to be funny, or to make a point.

“A generous swelling of pride!”

Since: Oct 09

Bob is livin' large!

#36 Dec 1, 2009
Bill Peerenboom wrote:
A fine tribute to a great "big brother!"
I went into the Navy and one time, when I was Captain of a Guided Missile cruiser, a new sailor came into my cabin for his "welcome aboard" check-in. He was duly respectful, and when I learned he was from Columbus, I asked if he was familiar with Fritz the Nite Owl - and mentioned that Fritz was my brother. I immediately noted that the sailor became nearly awestruck - Not because I was his Captain - but because I was related to Fritz! He had his priorities right!
I'm one of the few who remember him being on the radio. He was still on WBNS in the early 70's if I remember correctly.

“A generous swelling of pride!”

Since: Oct 09

Bob is livin' large!

#37 Dec 1, 2009
DEVO wrote:
Fritz, you have always been the epitome of "cool." My earliest memories of Columbus, from when I arrived at Ohio State in 1976, involve that era's icons of local pop culture -- Flippo, Jerry Beck, and Fritz the Nite Owl.
Don't forget Jerry Rasor! Before every station had to have a meteorologist, a simple weatherman was just fine. Jerry Rasor and Bob Alan (WCOL/WTVN-TV/WCPO-TV) were far more entertaining to watch than any of the stiffs on TV today. Do you really need a meteorology degree to narrate NWS radar during a storm?

“A generous swelling of pride!”

Since: Oct 09

Bob is livin' large!

#38 Dec 1, 2009
Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr. Osbourne--this article is a reminder that movie hosting is almost a lost art. Thank you and the few others on cable (Dinner and a Movie is fun) who are continuing in that tradition. I personally didn't experience Fritz until I was an adult. Growing up in the Cleveland area we had Big Wilson and Ernie Anderson aka Ghoulardi. Great tradition.
I doubt any of you would watch such a show today. Watch Off-Beat Cinema on WCMH-TV 4.2 Saturday nights. I like the movies they show, but the production value of the cut-ins is kind of annoying, not to mention that one of the hosts is a Buffalo "comedian" who is about as funny as Jerry Elliot and Jay Leno. I think you could put a guy in front of a camera behind a desk in 1972, but our eyes are far more sophisticated today. Fritz and a TV tower just wouldn't cut it visually.

“A generous swelling of pride!”

Since: Oct 09

Bob is livin' large!

#39 Dec 1, 2009
Jerry Rasor's Dance Party on WLWC (WCMH-TV):



http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Anybody remember the Cool Ghoul?

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Bob Shreeve was also pretty amusing in his day in Cincinnati:

(Batman Visits the Past Prime Playhouse)
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Craig

Columbus, OH

#40 Dec 2, 2009
Not to make Fritz feel older...but I spent my late night childhood watching Night Owl Theater for as long as I could before falling asleep..ahhh..the memories. Thanks Fritz!
GiveCreditWhereD ue

Galloway, OH

#41 Dec 2, 2009
Enzyte Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
I doubt any of you would watch such a show today. Watch Off-Beat Cinema on WCMH-TV 4.2 Saturday nights. I like the movies they show, but the production value of the cut-ins is kind of annoying, not to mention that one of the hosts is a Buffalo "comedian" who is about as funny as Jerry Elliot and Jay Leno. I think you could put a guy in front of a camera behind a desk in 1972, but our eyes are far more sophisticated today. Fritz and a TV tower just wouldn't cut it visually.
By your logic, Star Wars was a lousy movie because it pales in comparison to what we have today. Sure, time moves on and we would have little patience for this type of programming now. But in its time it was great stuff. So give credit where credit is due.
Your point was surely about the comment that this type of programming is a "lost art". I do agree that this type of "art" was "lost" for a reason. Most people wouldn't want to watch it now because bigger and better things have come along. So I don't disagree with you entirely. I'm just pointing out that just because we wouldn't want to watch it today doesn't lessen the impact it had on everyone in its time.
Peace.
GiveCreditWhereD ue

Galloway, OH

#42 Dec 2, 2009
Enzyte Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
I wouldn't say that. Some of us are being nasty to be funny, or to make a point.
Well then stop it!:)

You shouldn't need to be nasty in order to be funny or to make a point. Think about it.
Ohio to NYC

Union City, NJ

#43 Dec 2, 2009
I'm in my late 30's and remember "Fritz The Night Owl". It brings back great memories of a simpler time. Thank you Fritz, you always bring a smile to my face.

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