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John Zacherle 1918-2016


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John Zacherle, the one and only, who helped introduce me to horror films back on the old Shock Theater program in New York, has died age 98.

 

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http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/john-zacherle-dies-at-98-1201903371/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Zacherle

 

http://www.zacherley.com

 

(I realize that this has been mentioned in another thread but feel strongly that these giants of the film world deserve their own thread, when their time comes.)

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As a kid, I remember taking a shower and then getting ready

on Saturday night to watch Chiller Theater with Zacherle on WPIX.

That was a weekly ritual. I'm sure those flicks were sliced and

diced to make way for commercials, but who cared then? The

funny thing is that a while later he was a DJ on WNEW-FM, the

hipster progressive radio station. Maybe he had a double life

as a rock fan. A little unusual for someone born in 1918. R.I.P.

Z.

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I have the same memories as you guys. Always watched Zacherle. Haven't thought about him in many years but as soon as I saw his name, his face was clear as a bell in my mind. He was great and I loved him as a kid. So much fun to watch and listen to him. I also remember his radio show and I'm pretty sure that I saw him at a Dead concert at the Filmore ( those memories are a little sketchy)

 

RIP  John Zacherle and Thanks for the Wonderful Memories. All of us who were kids back then in NY Loved You

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Sorry to learn John Zacherley has passed...too bad,but hey,98 years ain't a bad run...wish i could live that long.

Used to watch him on Sat. nights when he was still in Philly,back in the 50's...but can't remember which tv station he was on :unsure:

RIP JZ :(

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