Wow. We have certainly lost some very important people in the retro entertainment circle this week. First we learned that we had lost the fantastic character actor, William Finley(Phantom of the Paradise, The Funhouse), and the next day it was announced that the “World’s Oldest Teenager” Dick Clark had also left us. Now we have word that Jonathan Frid(Dark Shadows), Barnabas Collins himself has passed on at age 87.
A huge thanks to Phil Nobile Jr. over at Badass Digest for the heads up on this sad bit of news. Make sure to visit Phil’s link to read about how Jonathan almost didn’t get the part for Dark Shadows and more interesting facts.
More sad news this weekend as I’ve learned that Gary Garcia, one half of the duo that brought us the 1982 concept album Pac-Man Fever has passed away. His friend and musical partner Jerry Buckner posted the announcement on BucknerGarcia.Com the other day. Below is an excerpt from Jerry’s post: “It was through BGO that we had our first national hit “Pac Man Fever”.
Gary and I wrote Pac Man Fever in my front room. He mostly handled the lyrics and I the music. He was a gifted writer. His opening line, “I gotta pocket full of quarters and I’m headed to the arcade” is a classic and summed up the entire video game craze that was sweeping the country at that time.
Achieving success in the music business is very difficult. It’s like going to war. Through it all Gary and I formed a unique bond that was broken yesterday with his passing. But we had a personal bond that was also broken. The pain of losing his friendship is immeasurable to me. He was a kind hearted, loving, caring person who was always there for me and can never be replaced in my life. I loved him like a brother and will miss him beyond words.”
Why not take a moment and visit the link up above and read the full post as well as leave a comment if their album brought you some joy in your youth.
Thanks to luizflashback for posting this segment of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand over on YouTube.
Back in the golden age of Saturday Morning Cartoons, they would sometimes run a preview show to get you excited about what was coming up that season. This was the 1982 ABC edition of that preview show, hosted by Dick Clark. The cartoons featured are “The Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Fonz Hour”, “Pac-Man”, “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo”, “The Puppy’s Further Adventures”, “The Little Rascals” and “Mork & Mindy”. Enjoy it in 5 parts WITH commercials.