Last month I got a very nice note from faithful reader Dan, a devoted viewer of Horror Incorporated back in the day. He recalled watching Dr. Paul Bearer hosting the show in 1974. Dr. Paul told his viewers that if they wrote to him in care of the station, he would write back. Our reader did so and got this letter in reply.
Ouch, those puns! But I suppose that, once upon a time, each of us were at just the right age for this sort of humor.
Paul was a little before my time; I didn’t start watching the show until a couple of years later. I asked Jake Esau about him, and Jake replied:
Dr. Paul Bearer, the over-the-top punster and “coffin cornball” appeared on the Hubbard station in St. Petersburg, FL (WTSP-TV, Ch. 44?) in the 70’s, so they used him on H.I. for a couple of years. I don’t remember him either, as I was in So. California at that time.
He suggested I check out Paul’s entry on the Horror Host Graveyard site. That’s always good advice.
I had read an interview with Paul (real name: Dick Bennick) some years ago, and knew that he did the show from Florida and that it was recycled for viewers in Minnesota. I hadn’t known it was home to another Hubbard station, but I should have guessed.
I thought you might enjoy this retrospective of Dr. Paul’s schtick, done in 1995 by WTOG Saint Petersburg shortly after his death.