LETTERS  PCR #328      (July 3--9, 2006)

  • Reader contributes aviation memorabilia (and Will Moriaty's response)
  • Reader remembers Creature Feature
  • Reader remembers Dick Bennick from N. Carolina days
  • Announcement from Nolan on future email correspondence regarding Dr. Paul Bearer and Creature Feature


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    READERS CONTRIBUTES AVIATION MEMORABILIA

    Hello,
    I noticed this website and was wondering if you may be interested in copies of the old news clippings (from both Spanish and English papers) that referenced this October 1927 flight. My grandfather, Huestis I. Wells was the flight captain, with Ed Music as navigator.

    This is in reference to your web page:

    "Now in our fourth calendar year, PCR #192 (Vol. 4, No. 48) This edition is for the week of November 24--30.

    Meacham Field, Key West
    It was also here that the most memorable airline in world history, Pan American Airways, got its start in 1925 and provided the first international delivery of both passengers and airmail under the United States flag on a flight in a Fokker F-7 piloted by Hugh Wells, Ed Musick and John Johansen to Cuba on October 28, 1927." Regards, Barbara Dickey

    Barbara, I contacted William Moriaty, the author of the article from my website you referenced in your email. His response is below. --Nolan

    WILL MORIATY RESPONDS:

    Dear Ms. Dickey:
    Thank you very much for reading our on-line column and for your most generous offer! The most lasting way that this treasure can be safeguarded for availability to future generations that I recommend, is that you donate the articles to be archived with the Southern Florida Historical Museum in Miami.

    I have done this with numerous South Florida aviation related artifacts that I have collected over the years and wanted to ensure would be extant beyond my own lifespan. I recommend that you contact Ms. Dawn Hugh at the Museum. The Museum's web site is http://www.historical-museum.org/.

    It is indeed an honor to make your acquaintance and I hope that you share my own great pride in the historic significance that your grandfather imparted on the world of aviation history all those years back!

    Sincerely,
    William Moriaty
    "La Floridiana"


    READERS REMEMBERS CREATURE FEATURE

    Nolan,
    Just a note: Channel 40 had a show in the mid-70's on Saturday nights called "Panic Theater." I remember being scared by the Robert Heinlein based film, "The Brain Eaters." I think at the beginning they would say "This is the hour that dog howl, and evil is let loose upon a sleeping world."

    Also, I have several Creature Features on tape from the 70's, including shows with "Plan 9 from Outer Space," "Curse of the Living Corpse," and "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster."

    Finally, channel 12 out of West Palm Beach had a Creature Feature show on Saturday nights in the 70s, usually a double feature starting at 11:30 P.M. "Creature Feature... science fiction, monsters, and occasional terror...and now it's time for Creature Feature." It would end with, "Hope you've enjoyed yourselves...Creature Feature is a presentation of Channel 12." I know this is not part of the greater Tampa area, but I lived in the middle of the state (Lake Placid) and could get stations from all over Florida with our big tower antenna. A wonderful childhood spent in Florida. I now live in VA.

    Bobby Guthrie

    Dear Bobby,
    Wow, thanks for writing in, those are some cool memories! Sounds like Lake Placid was great for more than just giant alligator movies! You were in an enviable postition to get all those TV stations.

    I'm glad you shared some of your childhood memories with us----as you can see, I'm posting them on the PCR Lettercol and on the Creature Feature Database. I really appreciate it. We're also in the process of adding a section that deals with known existing copies of Creature Feature on VHS from fans...and there ain't a lot to go on, mostly stuff traded on eBay. Stuff from the '70s like you have is exceptionally rare, as VCRs were expensive and not very common yet.

    Hang on to those gems! And thanks again for writing.

    Yours in fandom,
    Nolan B. Canova


    READER REMEMBERS DICK BENNICK'S "DANCE PARTY"

    Nolan,
    I was in a group that performed on his show (The Comets).

    Would love to have a reel of this show!

    Thanks,
    Mike Russell
    Winston-Salem, NC

    Mike,
    Thanks so much for writing! I wouldn't have any idea how to get reels of a show that old, if indeed they even still exist.

    But I'd LOVE to know more about your memories of Dick Bennick AND your group, The Comets!

    Yours in fandom,
    Nolan B. Canova


    ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NOLAN RE: CREATURE FEATURE

    Readers:
    Due to the volume of letters we receive concerning the availability of episodes of Creature Feature and memories of Dr. Paul Bearer (or of his real-life persona, Dick Bennick), starting with this issue of PCR, all letters dealing with these subjects will no longer appear in the Lettercol, but will be re-routed to appear in either of two new sections of the Dr. Paul Bearer/Creature Feature Database under development.

    One is the Existing Episodes page where fans can see what episodes are known to be in circulation right now (usually for trade or sale on eBay). The first compilation has already been completed by ED Tucker. Anyone interested in sharing their collection with other fans is encouraged to send in their lists (contact information is on the page) to add to the Database.

    The second is the new Fan Archive, presently under construction, which will feature fan's memories of encounters with Dick Bennick at conventions and such, and any TV monster memories from childhood, along with any photographs they want to share. This was started to some degree by Andy Lalino (the Database's original architect) on the Gallery page. The new Fan Archive should be up and "open for business" by next week's issue of PCR! (I already have some contributions from earlier this year that will finally see the light of day!)

    Thank you for your attention to this matter. --Nolan B. Canova


    To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan

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