Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I think I’m going to write about Sammy Terry

Sammy Terry – you know, like cemetery – was the local spooky movie host in Indianapolis when I was a kid. He hosted the midnight movies that played on Channel 4. I’m not sure when I was allowed to stay up until midnight, but I suspect there was a close correlation between that event and my parents’ divorce.

Nothing brings kids closer to their TV family like divorce.

Anyway, I recall vividly watching Mighty Joe Young while parked on my Nana’s couch (on the east side of Indy) late on Saturday (or possibly Friday) night. I remember being upset when the man was keeping Joe down, but then happy that despite the many slights he suffered (and chains and beatings) he still saved those orphans from the fire. Good for him!

I can’t really remember a lot of Sammy’s bits – I recall him spending some quality time talking to his rubber bat. I also remember one particularly riveting segment where he disappeared and reappeared repeatedly for about five minutes. Even as a kid – a young kid – like seven or eight, I thought it was lame. But I still liked Sammy. I just liked the idea of him. I liked that someone would share my love for old horror movies and would take the time to bring to me every week.

Through Sammy I met the Universal monsters, Abbott and Costello, saw the work of Ray Harryhausen, and eventually stumbled upon John Carpenter. I don’t know if that made me a better person, a weirder person or a disturbed person – but I like to think it made the awkward time of parents’ disintegrating marriage a little less awful. At least for a couple of hours.



Blogger don't call me MA'AM said...

We had a guy like that, too... I think his name was Dr. Sanguinary, and he hosted Creature Feature. Ah, the old Abbott and Costello monster movies. My favorites!

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