Something very flattering occurred the other day-the lovely Cassandra Peterson- better known as the legendary Mistress of the Dark, Elvira- not only mentioned , on a national radio show, that she’s a fan of mine- but that I’m one of her top picks as a horror host! This was in response to one of our loyal fans here, Jerry, calling in to the show, and mentioning that he had met Cassandra, as Elvira, when she was in our area for “Flashback Weekend”, and that she made a surprise visit on-stage with me. You can actually see and hear her talking about me at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjv_D3F1AC0
Please know that she tells a story about Frank Sinatra that uses a word for her upper anatomy that some may not find acceptable (the word, not her…well, you know) –so, if you wish to avoid that, just go to about 3 minutes into the video. As I’ve said before, she is a sweetheart, very kind and generous, and I am very flattered that she thinks so much of me!
It’s kind of funny that this happened on Stephanie Miller’s show- because, back in 1989, I replaced Stephanie (and her partner John Howell) on the morning show at WCKG radio! I’ll bet Stephanie doesn’t even remember who I am…
Something else happened that connects to my WCKG show, but, something I was very sad to hear- Don Grady, a talented actor and musician, who played Robbie on “My Three Sons” passed away after battling cancer. I was lucky to meet Don, as well as “Chip and Ernie”- the Livingston Brothers, who played his brothers on the show- when we had them come in for a special live event, as well as having them guest on my morning radio show. They were all really nice, down-to-earth guys- and we had a great time- we even did a radio skit- a take-off on “My Three Sons”, in which I played “Uncle Charlie”. When they arrived at the event at a local nightspot that evening, they were all really appreciative of the stuff I did, and I remember Don , when he spotted me, smiling broadly and saying “THIS is our guy, right here!” When we introduced them on stage, we actually held up a sheet so you could only see their feet- and “recreated” the animated open of the show, with the brothers’ toes tapping to the theme song!
I remember that, shortly after that appearance, Don became a father. His show business legacy includes being on the original “Mickey Mouse Club” and creating all sorts of music, including one of the themes to, I think, the Phil Donahue show. He was a great guy and a great talent, which makes his passing even sadder.
The weather may be steamy, but that doesn’t stop us from heading out for more fun Sven appearances- next week Friday night, July 6,we hit Silver Cross Stadium (shouldn’t a silver cross be poison to a vampire?) in Joliet for a fun night with the Joliet Slammers baseball team, as they take on the Normal CornBelters ( as opposed to the ABnormal CornBelters?) I’ll be signing autographs, taking pictures, and, no doubt, getting involved in the various fun activities happening that night. Everyone that I”ve mentioned this to who has been to a game has said it’s a great time, a beautiful stadium and fun for the entire family! Get your full info by clicking on our “appearances” tab…
Also coming up, on Sunday, July 8- you can meet me at the Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest! There’ll be lots of great music, plenty of delicious ribs, and –yours truly, again signing autographs and taking pictures with you. No, I will NOT barbeque a rubber chicken- this is a RIBfest! I’m there from noon to two pm, so- come out for the food and fun! Again, the information is under the “appearances” tab here on our site.
Come back for our next blog tomorrow- to find out what we’ll be showing on our Saturday Sven shows!