The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Broadcasters #8

Eddie Driscoll

I don't expect many readers to know who Eddie Driscoll is; unless you grew up in Northern Maine or the Maritimes in the pre-satellite, pre-digital cable days, you'd have little knowledge of the Bangor-based TV personality who was the public face of NBC affiliate WLBZ, voicing ads and IDs, and, more importantly, hosting the various movie shows, from weekend mornings' Coffee Cup Theatre (in full housewife drag) to the daily Great Money Movie (a kind of cinematic Dialing for Dollars) and the late night horror film fest Weird, and it's revival called, what else, Weird II.

Some of my earliest exposure to the fringes of film came via Driscoll's programs, whether it was an endless parade of Doug McClure films, or the Sandy Frank redub of Gamera the Invincible, or perhaps any number of Elvis Presley pictures. How many times can one person watch It Happened At The World's Fair? You'd be surprised.

Driscoll passed away this week in a Portland nursing home after a lengthy illness, another childhood landmark gone by the wayside. As you might expect, as a broadcaster hosting horror films in Bangor, his biggest influence was on a young Stephen King, who once told Driscoll that he warped his childhood. Glad to know I'm in good company on that score.

(There's a video clip on the page in the link directly under the photo, for a better idea of Driscoll's exuberant TV persona.)

1 comment :

Nick said...

S.S.? A robot named ZOG? Weirdness.