LETTERS  PCR #389      (September 3--9, 2007)

  • Reader seeks info on old Dr. Paul Bearer appearance (and Andy Lalino responds).

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    Hi. I'm not sure if you can help me, but I've been going crazy trying to find information pertaining to a visit by Dr. Paul Bearer to Gateway Mall in the late '70's or early '80's during which he was involved in some skit blowing poisonous darts at a man on the roof of the mall. I was pretty young, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. I remember having a newspaper clipping of the event for the longest time, but it was thrown away years ago. Anyway, if you can help that would be great.

    Jeni L.

    Dear Jeni,
    Thanks so much for writing and I hope we can help. I'm publishing your letter in this week's Lettercol to see if anyone else can remember this event.

    There are a lot of Dr. Paul Bearer fans who read Crazedfanboy.com. Maybe we'll get lucky!

    Thanks again for writing.

    Yours in fandom,
    Nolan B. Canova


    Jeni, I think I can help you on your Creature Feature dilemma. The event has been written about by myself and perhaps others in the Crazed Fanboy archives, so I suggest searching them for any additional info.

    Yes, Dr. Paul Bearer hosted an event at Gateway Mall back in either the ‘70s or early ‘80s where a stuntman named “Captain Ego” dodged blow-darts. I was there during the event, which was a big deal for it’s time and is now the stuff of legend. If memory serves me, Captain Ego was not on the roof of the mall, but was rather on an elevated wooden platform. I recall a dart hitting him in either the leg or arm, but he continued with the stunt. I also recalled one nearly missing his groin area, which made the crowd roar with laughter. It was an unforgettable event for ‘70s-era kids to see an authentic stunt show hosted by our favorite horror host!

    Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the event, but I encourage those who do to share them with Nolan at www.crazedfanboy.com. I do not recall the actual year the event took place.

    Oh, BTW, I doubt the darts were poisonous.

    Additional notes: Years(?) later, Captain Ego would return to Gateway Mall, this time the rear parking lot, to do a stunt where he drove a motorcycle through a “wall of fire”. It was actually planks of wood set aflame, and he did go speeding through it. Great stunt!

    Sadly, Captain Ego died some time ago, I believe related to alcoholism. The way it was explained to me was quite sad, for a person who brought so much joy to kids back in the ‘70s. You may be interested to know radio legend and Crazed Fanboy fan Tedd Webb has fantastic recollections of the man known only as Captain Ego, and if we’re lucky, maybe he’ll mention it on his radio show A.M. Tampa Bay.

    Andy Lalino
    Clearwater, FL

    To send an email to Letters to the Editor write to: Crazedfanboy1@aol.com.  Any emails sent to this address will be assumed intended for publication unless you specifically instruct me not to. I can and do respond privately, if that is your preference. Frequently, it's both ways.---Nolan

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