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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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Bob Moreen

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#44
Dec 2, 2009
 
Good to see my old friend recognized for his 50 years entertaining us.
Bob Moreen

Dublin, OH

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#45
Dec 2, 2009
 
Thank you Dispatch for giving our old friend well-deserved recognition.
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#46
Dec 2, 2009
 
My son's dad died when my oldest son was only 6...some of the best memories we both have are of our nightly routine of watching Fritz together, with my son laying across his dad's chest. Many times he would be asleep within 10 minutes of the show, but he always got such a kick out of the sunglasses and the voice. Great guy and great memories!

I am going to forward this article to my son. Thank You.

“A generous swelling of pride!”

Since: Oct 09

Bob is livin' large!

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#47
Dec 2, 2009
 
GiveCreditWhereDue wrote:
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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.
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Don't get me wrong, I loved Flippo and all of the old Avco shows on WLWC (I am just old enough to remember them). I just don't think they would work today. The main reason they wouldn't work is that the TV stations are staffed with a bunch of stiffs who would never in a million years have the guts to hire someone like Bud Kaatz, Flippo or Paul Dixon. Local TV and TV News is about as interesting as a Sears store!!!
mike in clintonville

Columbus, OH

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#48
Dec 3, 2009
 
In the mid-'80s I and a roommate of mine at OSU got hold of Fritz's number at the station. We called up several times, initially just to see if we could reach him, then to talk movies. Fritz was uniformly gracious, and made some time to chat in the late evenings before he went on-air.

Just this week I rented "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" from Netflix -- an odd '71 psychological thriller that I first encountered via Double Chiller and Fritz (like so many movies in my library). It was fun to watch, but not as fun as it would have been with the sometimes droll, sometimes insightful, always welcome comments Fritz served up during the breaks.
Rome Maynard

Simpsonville, SC

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#49
Dec 4, 2009
 
I remember watching the Nite Owl Theater every night I could. I don't remember so much the movies as I remember Fritz. Fritz could take a craptacular movie and make the viewing of it spectacular! I sure miss that show and would love to see the Owl's triumphant return to TV. He made late night TV cool.

Since: Jul 09

Grove City, OH

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#50
Dec 5, 2009
 
WBNS should do an on air tribute/retrospective. Many years ago,Fritz emcee'd a live radio show in which my band was the featured act. Fritz did a great job as emcee and was personable and friendly. He hung with our friends the entire night. A class act all the way.

Since: Aug 09

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#51
Jan 23, 2010
 
IT's great to see that an "old friend" is stills doing well & strong! Fritz's birthday is one day after my Mother's, & three days after mine!(I just turned 50!) My childhood memories of Fritz was when Fritz hosted Night Owl Theater , & I was an avid fan of Friday Night Chiller When Fritz would do Double Chiller Theater & I'd stay up late as a youngster to have him scare the wits out of me With some of his prime selections! I'd have to give him credit for turning me into a huge fan of the old greats like Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstien, The Mummy, & my love for Godzilla! The thing I loved about watching these films was Fritz's delightful insight, history, & his wit to these & other countless classics. He seem to always have a way of making me laugh just before & after the commercial breaks. SO to Fritz I'll say Thank You for all of the good times we had, Happy belated Birthday, & I hope you'll be around for for many more!

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#52
Jan 23, 2010
 
I think Fritz should be in the Broadcasters Hall of Fame! If we had something like Gromman's like they do in Los Angeles, Fritz would in my opinion should & would have his own star!
California Buckeye

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#53
Mar 19, 2012
 
I grew up in Columbus, and was a regular viewer of Chiller Theater with Dan Immel when I was in grade school. You could write in to suggest movies you'd like to see and he'd read your name on the air. He said mine on a couple of occasions. I liked Flippo and his afternoon movie, but didn't see a whole lot of Fritz. Hoolihan & Big Chuck was great after we got cable and the Cleveland channels, Lanigan etc. Remember Terror in the Night? It was a Saturday night version of Chiller with the horror movies.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

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#54
Mar 19, 2012
 
Do any of you remember what a smokin' sax player Flippo was? The guy could tear up that horn.
Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

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#55
Mar 19, 2012
 
rowdy01 wrote:
Do any of you remember what a smokin' sax player Flippo was? The guy could tear up that horn.
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Enzyte Bob

Columbus, OH

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Mar 19, 2012
 
A Jonathan Winters story that you've never heard..

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

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