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The Ghoul (Ron Sweed) has passed away

Old 04-04-19, 10:37 PM
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The Ghoul (Ron Sweed) has passed away

This according to the Detroit Free Press.

He suffered a heart attack back in November and never really recovered.

Anyone who is a fan of crummy horror movies then The Ghoul was the TV host with the most.

Mostly known in Detroit and Cleveland back in the 1970s.

I did a google search on him and was shocked that he just passed away on April 1st.

I was thinking that he would have been perfect for the streaming service Shudder.
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Old 04-05-19, 11:25 AM
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A big part of my childhood was trying, and mostly failing, to stay up to watch The Ghoul on Friday night and then rolling out of bed to watch Sir Graves Ghastly on Saturday morning.
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Re: The Ghoul (Ron Sweed) has passed away

Kids today will never have anything like the colorful local tv personalities that once dominated the 70s and 80s. Are there any local phenoms left on television across the country? Even the local news have become more soulless and corporate in the past 20 years.
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Old 04-07-19, 08:16 PM
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Kids today will never have anything like the colorful local tv personalities that once dominated the 70s and 80s. Are there any local phenoms left on television across the country? Even the local news have become more soulless and corporate in the past 20 years.
Svengoolie is still going strong in Chicago and on MeTV which I'm thankful for.
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Old 04-08-19, 08:49 AM
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Re: The Ghoul (Ron Sweed) has passed away

No disrespect to his fans, but this is very much a Cleveland thing. I grew up watching Ghoulardi (Ernie Anderson) and The Ghoul was a weak re-invention.

In 1970, Sweed approached Ernie Anderson with a proposal to revive Anderson's "Ghoulardi" character. Anderson was not interested, but gave Sweed his blessing to revive the character on his own. With that blessing, Sweed took "The Ghoul" to Cleveland's Kaiser Broadcasting station WKBF-TV in 1971.
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The local guy I grew up with, Count Gore de Vol, is instrumental in who I am today, so blame him if you donít like me.

He was active on TV in the 70s and 80s, helped stoke my love for Godzilla and other creature features. Has stayed busy with local appearances and even a weekly web program since the late 90s!

There are several good websites and documentaries dedicated to horror hosts like the Count and the Ghoul.
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Kids today will never have anything like the colorful local tv personalities that once dominated the 70s and 80s. Are there any local phenoms left on television across the country? Even the local news have become more soulless and corporate in the past 20 years.
Just watching that clip with the references to Parma and Garfield Heights reminds me how special it was to watch a truly local show. I remember The Ghoul and Froggy a little bit, but I was more a Big Chuck watcher . . . and Super Host with the 3 Stooges on Saturdays!
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