Just when I thought this year couldn't possibly suck any more than it already has -- comes the news that the Cool Ghoul has shuffled off this mortal coil...
...and with him a huge chunk of my youth.
Apart from being by far the best of all the local horror movie TV hosts of the late 50s and early 60s, Zack had a long second career as a progressive rock radio deejay in New York City. He also hosted a local NYC knock-off of American Bandstand -- Zacherley's Disc-o-Teen -- in the late 60s, where apart from cracking wise with the kids who came to the show to dance and hang out, he also introduced said teens to some of the hippest music around. I vividly remember hearing "Substitute" by The Who for the first time on his show.
And of course Alex Chilton showed up, too.
He also had a hit with perhaps my favorite novelty rock record of them all.
He lectured once at my old college in the early 70s; I was delighted to discover that he was charming, funny, and a real gent even out of costume.
Damn, this year has just been stone awful.