It is an incredible honor to hear from you, sir, I just wish I had better news regarding the video footage you seek! As far as any of us have been able to determine, all broadcast tapes from WTOG Channel 44 featuring Dr. Paul Bearer were destroyed well before the station's takeover by UPN. The only episodes currently in existence are VHS-type taped by private individuals and collectors and are frequently found on eBay.
Please note that the first commercially available personal videotape machines for home use were introduced right about the time in question, 1976, and were exclusively Beta-Max and quite expensive.
Nevertheless, in the million-to-one shot that somebody may have some Beta-Max footage from your episode, I'll post your message in this week's PCR Lettercol.
In the meantime, if you would like to share your photos and certificates with our readership, please send good scans of them to this address and I would be DELIGHTED to post them on Crazed Fanboy's "Creature Feature/Dr. Paul Bearer Fan Archive and Database" along with your story! In addition to archiving the episodes, this is exactly how the database is supposed to work. I'm sorry to say I don't have the newspaper copies you're referring to--I think you might be confusing Andy Lalino's side-notes about newspaper listings; those were found at the public library, not from a personal collection.
I think it would be a gas to interview you for Nolan Radio! If you're OK with sharing your story via a telephone interview, please send me your telephone number and best time to contact you. The interview would run approximately 30 minutes or until whenever we run out of steam. (Of course, I will share your phone number with no one without your permission.)
If you still live in the Tampa Bay area, I'd also like to personally invite you to attend NolanCon this August 13th in Tampa as a special guest and participate in a Dr. Paul Bearer seminar, headed up by special feature writer Ed Tucker, and tell of your 1976 adventure!
In any event, we'll start with the Lettercol. And I'd like to see some of those scans gets into the database.
Thanks so much for writing, Jim, I hope we can do you some good.
"Horribly" yours in fandom,
Nolan B. Canova