Writer and former horror TV show host John Stanley discussed his career interviewing stars associated with horror and sci-fi, and also shared some spooky real-life incidents. Among his Hollywood tidbits:
Stanley, who hosted the "Creature Features" program on KTVU in Oakland, noted that many cities had their own horror hosts such as the Ghoul, Elvira, Zacherley and Dr. Morgus. But the popular trend began to fade in the wake of cable television's dominance, and the more violent and extreme horror films of the 70s and 80s weren't as suitable for syndication, he explained.
In 1978, Stanley took part in a séance held at the "Slaughterhouse" in Oakland, which was known for ghostly activity. In attendance were such notables as Sylvia Browne (who went into a trance), and parapsychologist Nick Nocerino, who had taken some unusual photos of the house. Later, said Stanley, a San Francisco Chronicle photographer captured an anomalous image of the house that matched some of Nocerino's. For more, view a set of photos Stanley sent us.
In the first hour, game inventor Tim Walsh appeared briefly to report on Mattel's recall of Chinese-made toys. He was followed by Marianne Szymanski with Toy Tips, who discussed concerns over lead paint and magnets. She suggested that parents go through their children's toys and remove anything that might fall into the recall category.
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