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R.I.P. Bob Wilkins - host of 'Creature Features'

I have many childhood memories of watching Creature Features over the years. . . . .all things must come to an end.

Bob Wilkins - host of 'Creature Features'

Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bob Wilkins, the cigar-wielding host of "Creature Features," the late-night movie show that aired on KTVU's Channel 2 through the 1970s, died Wednesday in Reno from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his family said. He was 76.

For a generation of science fiction and B-movie enthusiasts, Mr. Wilkins was the bespectacled TV host who drolly introduced underground flicks with titles such as "Attack of the Mushroom People."

"Don't stay up tonight," Mr. Wilkins sometimes told viewers. "It's not worth it."

For the same generation of Bay Area children, Mr. Wilkins was also the host of the after-school KTVU program "Captain Cosmic," donning a silver motorcycle helmet and crimson cape to introduce Japanese cult shows such as "Ultra Man."

"I wouldn't be the movie fan I am today without Bob Wilkins," said Don Hicks, 45, a rare-film collector and projectionist who grew up in Napa and maintains a tribute to Mr. Wilkins' career on his Web site. "At school, we'd all talk all week long about the movies he was going to show; he instructed you on how to appreciate these films, without talking down to you as a kid."

Hicks recalled the watershed moment when Mr. Wilkins showed "Night of the Living Dead," which became a late-night staple in an era with limited channel-surfing choices, and long before cable ushered in movies on demand.

Mr. Wilkins' selections (he previewed the films before airing them) suggested an aficionado's taste for genre cinema, but he held no special attachment to the movies, said his longtime friend and sometime co-host John Stanley.

"Bob had no passion for horror," laughed Stanley, who described the Indiana native as bemused by the subject. "I'm sure he enjoyed it, but he didn't take it seriously."

Robert Gene Wilkins was born the only boy among seven children in Hammond, Ind. The son of a steelworker, Mr. Wilkins served in the Korean War (beating a bout with tuberculosis along the way), and later graduated from Indiana University with a degree in marketing.

Mr. Wilkins worked his way up from the mailroom at a Chicago advertising agency to become a copywriter, then headed to California in 1963, where he landed a job as an ad salesman at television station KCRA in Sacramento.

In those days, ad salesmen helped hold the camera equipment when shooting commercials, even serving as the on-camera talent in a pinch, Stanley said. After watching Mr. Wilkins entertain as a master of ceremonies for a retirement party, a station manager suggested Mr. Wilkins host a late-night movie show designed to run through the station's library of old films. The show was meant to compete with local stations that played the national anthem and went off the air after the 11 p.m. newscasts.

Tom Wyrsch, author of "The Bob Wilkins Scrapbook," said Mr. Wilkins' understated demeanor became a hit with viewers. During breaks, Mr. Wilkins interviewed amateur filmmakers and local eccentrics who tended to believe in flying saucers, Stanley said.

To calm his on-air nerves, Mr. Wilkins purchased a Windsor cigar, the cheapest and largest of the lot, and rocked slowly in a yellow rocking chair. After the Sacramento show brought in high ratings for its time slot, in 1970, Oakland's KTVU offered Wilkins a 9 p.m. weekend slot for "Creature Features," a show he hosted until 1979.

Sally Wilkins said that during the "Creature Features" run, and even after, her husband continued his work as an ad man, with clients such as Macy's and Chuck E. Cheese. He was particularly proud of a television campaign that helped Macy's turn profitable in three weeks, Sally Wilkins said.

In the 1990s, Wyrsch and Stanley helped usher a resurgence of Mr. Wilkins' fame by attending conventions such as WonderCon, and producing "Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong," a documentary about the horror show genre.

Sally Wilkins said her husband, in his retirement years, remained passionate about his family and helping others; while she attended church, Mr. Wilkins used the time to paint over graffiti in Reno, she said.

"I don't think he ever realized how many young people he influenced," Sally Wilkins said. "Every once in a while, a person would recognize him on the street and say, 'Hey, you're the guy I would watch from my bedroom late at night.' "

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilkins is survived by two children, Rob and Nancy.

Sally Wilkins said the family is planning a memorial for fans in the coming weeks.

Mr. Wilkins' Web site is at

E-mail Justin Berton at

This article appeared on page B - 10 of the San Francisco Chronicle
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because you can't have a day without. . ..

Stupid people needing Darwin Award nominations. . . ..

Chunk of NZ glacier crushes 2 Australian tourists

Thursday, January 8, 2009

(01-08) 11:39 PST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) --

A falling chunk of glacier crushed two brothers to death at a popular tourist spot, and one remained buried under ice blocks the size of large vehicles, police said Friday.

The two Australians apparently ignored rope barriers set up to prevent hikers from wandering into dangerous areas.

They were struck when a section of ice sloughed off the main face of South Island's Fox Glacier on Thursday afternoon, said Constable Tony LeSueur.

One body was recovered. "It was too dangerous to carry on" to dig out the other, LeSueur said, adding that rescuers with a mechanical digger would consider whether to resume the operation later Friday.

The glacier face is steep and prone to random ice collapses, Department of Conservation area manager Jo Macpherson said Thursday.

The brothers, who were in their 20s, went to the glacier without guides, Rob Jewell of Fox Glacier Guiding, a private company that takes tourists around the glacier, told National Radio.

Police have not released the brothers' names.

Almost one in three of the 600,000 visitors to the region's two glaciers ignored warning signs and entered danger zones in 2007, the Department of Conservation said.

click the link and read the comments. . . some of them are GREAT.
Be Afraid

Star Wars

My brother Tony will be 40 in April and seems to be fully decided that his birthday party will be Star Wars themed. That's fine, he'll be Han Solo, not sure how his wife will be dressed. . sort of assuming Princess Leia.

I'm not sure how I'll dress, but my smart ass brother seems determined to have me dress as a JAWA. . . yes, those little 3 foot tall creatures. . . .

yeah, that works well with my be almost 6 feet tall. . . . .

I think he wants to fuck with people by there being a mutant tall Jawa and is curious to see how I'll put that together costume wise. . . .

So anyone have suggestion on Jawa-ing myself out. . . .I guess I need to go to a military surplus place for some gear or I could make my own. . . .

And we all know I have plenty of playa dust to make myself a bit more authentically desert-ish like. . .
Does mom know

Would you believe. . . . .

Accused drunken driver ends up running over self

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

(11-26) 05:25 PST Santa Fe, N.M. (AP) --

A man is in a northern New Mexico jail, accused of driving drunk and leading police on a chase that finally ended with him running over himself.

Roy Travis Aguilar, 21, was treated for minor injuries at a Santa Fe hospital and booked into the Sandoval County detention center on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police officer, careless driving and two other outstanding traffic warrants.

A tip on a police hot line Sunday afternoon reported a possible drunken driver on a highway.

State Police Officer Grace Romero spotted Aguilar's pickup truck swerving across both lanes of the highway, driving slowly and then fast. He refused to stop.

After narrowly missing other vehicles, police said Aguilar drove through a ditch and a barbed-wire fence before stopping. He tried to put the truck into park, but it ended up in reverse.

Police said Aguilar fell from his open door and both of his legs were run over by the front driver's side tire.

Seriously folks, this takes a particular gift to accomplish this task. . . .
Me BM 2006


FUCK YEAH for Obama!!!

Now we get to watch Obama work magic and turn a big bag of shit that Bush has made the USA, into Lemonade.

POO on Prop. 8 passing. . . .damn damn damn. I do see this being overturned in the future, so you can color me hopeful.
zombie book

politcal humor

Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're single, or involved and thinking about getting married, and don't want marriage "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

and I had to add this because I loved it all :)

ganked from the LJ of blaugirl who pulled it from. . .

...and also, from the LJ of bronicablue:

10 Reaso​ns Why Gay Marri​age is Wrong
​and 10 sarcastic rebuttals

1) Being​ gay is not natur​al.

...And real Ameri​cans alway​s rejec​t unnat​ural thing​s like eyegl​asses​,​ polyester,​ and air condi​tioni​ng,​ tatto​os,​ pierc​ings, and silic​on breas​ts.​.​.

2) Gay marri​age will encou​rage peopl​e to be gay.

...In the same way that hangi​ng aroun​d tall peopl​e will make you tall.

3) Legal​izing​ gay marri​age will open the door to all kinds​ of crazy​ behav​ior.​

...Peopl​e may even wish to marry​ their​ pets, becau​se a dog has legal​ standing and can sign a marri​age contr​act.​ Lamps​ are next.

4) Strai​ght marri​age has been aroun​d a long time and hasn'​t chang​ed at all;

...Hence​ women​ are still​ prope​rty,​ black​s still​ can'​t marry​ white​s,​ and divor​ce is still​ illeg​al.

5) Strai​ght marri​age will be less meani​ngful​ if gay marri​age were allow​ed;​

...And we can'​t let the sanct​ity of Britn​ey Spear​s'​ 55-​hour just-​for-​fun marri​age be destr​oyed.

6) Strai​ght marri​ages are valid​ becau​se they produ​ce child​ren.

...There​fore gay coupl​es,​ infer​tile coupl​es,​ and old peopl​e shoul​dn'​t be allowed to marry​, becau​se our popul​ation​ isn'​t out of contr​ol,​ our orpha​nages​ aren'​t full yet, and the world​ needs​ more child​ren.

7) Obvio​usly gay paren​ts will raise​ gay child​ren,​

...Since​,​ of cours​e,​ strai​ght paren​ts only raise​ strai​ght child​ren.

8) Gay marri​age is not suppo​rted by relig​ion.

...In a theoc​racy like ours,​ the value​s of one relig​ion are impos​ed on the entir​e count​ry.​ That'​s why we have only one relig​ion in Ameri​ca.

(Did I miss the lesso​n where​ Jesus​ says He hates​ gays?​)​

9) Child​ren can never​ succe​ed witho​ut a male and a femal​e role model​ at home.

...Which​ is exact​ly why we as a socie​ty expre​ssly forbi​d singl​e paren​ts to raise​ child​ren.

10) Gay marri​age will chang​e the found​ation​ of socie​ty. We could​ never​ adapt​ to new socia​l norms​.​

...Just like we haven​'​t adapt​ed to cars,​ the servi​ce-​secto​r econo​my,​ or longe​r life spans​.
Eye see you

From the Peanut Gallery at work. . ..

Following conversation regarding the SF Chron endorsing McCain/Pallin on this morning's paper. . . I overheard the following:

Secretary to Attorney, "I wonder where the Bush Library will be located."

Attorney to Secretary, "In a Volkswagen!"

heheheheeehahahahhaaaaa, that particular attorney is good for one liners and is clearly an Obama supporter.
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Expiration dates

Today I determined that expiration date of my habitation on Baker Street is nearing it's end date. The past few months in regards to our our new roommate, now soon to be ex-roommate has shown me sides of the master tenants interpersonal skills and at times her lack there of, and have brought me to the conclusion that I must go. The last thing I need is to have any of this aimed at me in the future.

For the moment, I'm financially recovering from India earlier this year and Burning Man, but after the first of the year I'll be finding myself a new place to live. I'm hoping for the same neighborhood as I have been there for the past 10 years and I really like it :~) but I'm going to remain open to other areas of SF so long as they have the same amount of available public transit in the area.

more on this later. . . .
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