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Ernie Anderson shocked and delighted Northeast Ohio in the mid-1960s, when his Ghoulardi show was not to be missed on Friday nights. More than 30 years later, the Ghoulardi legend is still firmly rooted in the minds of the people who watched and in the pop culture of an entire city. This book tells the whole story of the outrageous Ghoulardi show and its unusual creator--on screen and behind the scenes, including rare photos, interviews, transcripts, and trivia.
This is the definitive fan's guide to the outrageous and bizarre Ghoulardi TV show and a history of the hoopla that surrounded its brief reign on Cleveland's airwaves. Who was Ghoulardi? If you grew up watching TV in Cleveland in the 1960s, you definitely remember. If you live in Cleveland today, you hear about him still. In early 1963, months before the Beatles arrived in America and years before Howard Stern hit the radio airwaves, Cleveland TV actor Ernie Anderson pioneered the modern counter-culture media celebrity: Ghoulardi. His offbeat late-night movie show was so popular locally that it got ratings higher than the Tonight Show, and the Cleveland police department reported a significant decrease in crime during its broadcast. Ghoulardi continues to capture the hearts and minds of Cleveland's first TV generation and is riding a wave of nostalgia. Ghoulardi creator Ernie Anderson's recent obituary was the front page feature in both of northeast Ohio's major dailies and the lead it