Thursday, January 8

Bob Wilkins passes away


A pioneer of the horror host industry passed away yesterday - Bob Wilkins. Bob is best known as the host of Creature Features, a show that ran from 1972 - 1981 in the San Francisco Bay area. Bob got his start, however, in the Sacramento area, where he worked as a weather man. He hosted a show there called Seven Arts Theater before moving to the Bay area. He even did a stint in the 70s as a kids host known as Captain Cosmic.

The neat thing about Bob is that he was a non-costumed host. He wore a suit and tie and hosted the show from a set that resembeled a run down house. He sat in a rocking chair and introduced the shows in a low key manner. Best of all, he interviewed many of the stars from the Hollywood films he showed, a perk to hosting a show in California. Among his guests was Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Forrey Ackerman, Ray Harryhausen and Christopher Lee.

For more information about Bob go to www.bobwilkins.net. There is even information there about where to send condolences to his family.

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