Hello, welcome to the Phile, I am your host... Sir Jason of Avalon, the great knight crusader. Happy Halloween, kids. I feel more like Sir Cumference. I'll gladly eat any Halloween candy you're allergic to. Except for candy corn... and licorice. Here's a life hack for you... carve a pumpkin to distract you from the fact you're also a lifeless round object putting on a fake smile. Haha. That's just mean. I know. How evil are you? Do this... just dip the Brussels sprouts in chocolate and rap them back up, kids will love them tonight. Ate you making a haunted house? Here' an idea... a room full of women saying "I'm fine." Scary. So, today's pheatured guest is Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on "The Munsters." I was wondering something... Herman Munster was married to a vampire and their son happens to be a werewolf. Hmmmm.
Think of the dumbest thing you've seen an anti-vaxxer do online and multiply it by a thousand. That'll be almost as cringey as this post that's making the rounds on the Internet.
According to the post, a woman painted red measles dots all over her body to go as "measles" for Halloween. She allegedly captioned the photo, "Was trying to think of the least scary thing I could be for Halloween... so I became the measles." Another Facebook user commented underneath to eviscerate the woman for pushing anti-vax propaganda. She also allegedly posted an apology backed by anti-vax science, saying she's sorry her costume "wasn't Christlike." "I'm sorry for posting the measles costume, it wasn't Christ like. It wasn't meant to be a jab at babies who died from the measles. Literally at all. Every single baby's life matters. So the post really did not reflect my heart." She goes on to try and prove that it's okay to welcome measles into your life with open arms because strep throat kills more people per year... apparently failing to realize that the reason measles isn't deadly is because so many people are vaccinated against it. The costume is going viral on the Internet, and people are shocked. Besides her stupidity in the manner, why would you try to think "of the least scary thing" to be for Halloween? It's Halloween, you're supposed to be scary. A giant fail on all fronts.
It's Halloween so let's talk about a monster... Harvey Weinstein showed up at an event for young performers in New York City last Thursday night, reportedly with some bodyguards and a group of young women. Instead of being quickly ejected by the event's organizers for being one of the most notorious accused rapists in modern history, he was allowed to sit and watch the performances. But one woman who confronted him, actor Zoe Stuckless, was kicked out. Another, comic Amber Rollo, says she was called a cunt by one of his security guards. And comic Kelly Bachman was booed when she told jokes about Weinstein onstage during her performance. It all went down at Downtime Bar NYC, at an event for performers called Actors Hour, according to Rollo's Twitter account. "Some people didn't realize what was going on, some artists knew and were scared and some were outright supporting this fucking serial rapist monster," Rollo wrote. She confronted Weinstein, and a member of his entourage responded. Zoe Stuckless also confronted Weinstein. She stood and pointed at him, yelling, "No one's gonna say anything? No one's really gonna say anything?" before his bodyguards escorted her out. "I was kicked out of the bar tonight," she wrote in a post on Facebook accompanying a video of the encounter and two photos. "His bodyguards herded me out. The event organizers were happy to see me go." "In some ways tonight was a horrible, painful reminder of the power a man like Weinstein holds even now," she wrote. "It was a reminder that even in this time of relative awareness it is hypnotically easy to be pulled into a culture of silence." And comic Kelly Bachman took the stage and called Weinstein "the elephant in the room," "I’m a comic, and it’s our job to name the elephant in the room,” she said. “It’s a Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will. I didn’t realize I needed to bring my own mace and rape whistle to Actors Hour.” Some men can be heard booing Kelly after that joke. She responds, "Sorry, that killed at group therapy for rape survivors." Weinstein's rep put out a statement which you can read if you want. There was also a male comic named Andrew B. Silas present, who performed after Bachman. He said in his set, "I'd like to address the elephant in the room. Who in this room produced Good Will Hunting? 'Cause that shit was great." He told BuzzFeed he thought his comment was supportive of Bachman. The event's producer, Alexandra Laliberte, told BuzzFeed News she was fine with Weinstein's presence at the event: Alexandra Laliberte, the organizer of Actor's Hour, told BuzzFeed News it was the second time Weinstein had turned up to one of her events. Laliberte added that she doesn't have a security team, and rather than turn Weinstein away, she thought the community could address him. "I welcome all walks of life into my space," she said. She also said she "protects" her performers from predators like Weinstein "by freedom of speech." The comments on her Actors Hour Instagram account are turned off. People on Twitter are frustrated that Weinstein is apparently able to lead a normal life after being accused of rape and sexual assault by dozens of high-profile women. Bachman, Rollo and Stuckless, on the other hand, will no doubt deal with plenty of online harassment as this story continues to break.
You knew it was coming. Antonio Brown went from one of the most beloved, exciting and fun to watch players in the NFL to the most detested and laughed at thanks to the WR’s months-long tirade full of shenanigans that led to him being traded from the Steelers, and then kicked off of two teams in the span of a month. Now finding himself at home without a job, he may spot a trick-or-treater dressed up as him coming to his door this Halloween, as Antonio Clown has become one of the hit costumes this year. See?
Just in time for Halloween! Lady Gaga's Valentino dress in which she won a Golden Globe is currently up for auction, after she allegedly left it behind at the Beverley Hills Hilton. The dress was then "found" by a housekeeper, who is selling it through Nate D. Sanders Auctions. After the auction went live, Valentino has accused the woman of stealing the gown, and according to TMZ, "either gone to the police or plans to go to cops." The housekeeper, on the other hand, wrote a letter explaining how she got the dress. "Hello, my name is Sara. I work as a Housekeeper at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. I’m always present working in the Golden Globe events on January every year for 24 years. The artist 'Lady Gaga' left me this dress that she used for the day or the awards. I turned in the dress to lost and found on the 8th of January 2019. After the time legally held... they gave it to me as a gift from her and today I want to auction the dress." Lady Gaga would have kept the dress if she had a one-year-old daughter she could force into it. Yeah, poor Stormi Webster, her mother Kylie Jenner dressed her up as herself, and she looked absolutely miserable...
So, recently I saw the movie Hocus Pocus and I never realized who the three witches in it were...
Hahaha. Do you know who your neighbors are? I hope they don't leave signs like this...
There's not two "T's" in "rot," people. If I had a TARDIS I would go back in time and ask Beverly Owen out, who played Marilyn Munster on "The Munsters." But knowing my luck all she would want to do is sit on the front of a car and just pose.
She still looks good though. Ever see some panhandlers on the side of the road? Some of them you can't see...
This time of your they make pumpkin spice everything... even Spam. Don't believe me? Look.
It's Halloween and there are a lot of scary pumpkins out there...
I mentioned people are dressing up as Antonio Brown for Halloween this year in the monologue. Well, here's another one...
Speaking of football, there's a 150% chance Tom Brady keeps his socks on for intercourse...
Hahaha. speaking of a trumpkin...
There we go. Hey, it's Thursday... you know that that means.
That's just fucking gross. All right, its time to talk football with my good friend Jeff...
Me: Jeff!! Happy Halloween. Welcome back to the Phile.
Jeff: Hey, Jason, it's always great to be back here on the Phile.
Me: I'm a knight crusader this year, a Knight of Avalon sport to speak. What are you going to be for Halloween today?
Jeff: I decided for Halloween I was going to be a mentally stable married man. No one will recognize me this year!
Me: Hahahaha. What is your favorite costume you ever dressed up in for Halloween?
Jeff: I've done some interesting Halloween costumes over the years. Last year I was allowed to dress up at work so I was wearing my Flash costume throughout the day. But all time favorite costume? I think I will go with my home made Aladdin costume. Here's a pic...
Me: Cool. Okay, so, before we talk about football let's talk about Halloween. You are into ghost hunting, right? Do you still do that?
Jeff: That is correct. I am an amateur ghost hunter. And yes, I still do that. I just did a mini investigation last weekend as a matter of fact. Just need to go through the evidence.
Me: What's the craziest thing you've ever witnessed?
Jeff: Craziest thing? So many things! I have audio and pictures and personal experiences from many different locations. For me though, I'm going to always say the time I was touched on an investigation. I was working on a World War II battleship as a tour guide. On my last day working, I took a group of local ghost hunters throughout the ship. We were in the officers' quarters doing an EVP session. What that means is we had a recording going trying to get an Electronic Voice phenomenon, a voice that you hear on a recording that we didn't hear in real time. There was six of us in the room. One person asked for a sign of a spirit's presence. Immediately I felt a tap on my left shoulder. There was no body standing on my left side. The only people in the room were those in the group. I immediately yelled out I got touched! It should have been scary, but I thought it was awesome!
Me: Nope. Nope. Nothing about that seems awesome. How long have you been into doing this?
Jeff: I've always been interesting in the paranormal. My Godfather Charlie (RIP) taught me all about it. From Nessie to Bigfoot and everything else. I had an experience when I was a kid. Maybe it happened. Maybe it was my over imagination. We had just moved into our new house. I think I was somewhere between 6-8-years-old? Well, I heard a noise that spooked me. I ran downstairs. From behind the couch I swear I saw a hand beckoning me to go to it. I was young at the time so I ran away from it. Now? I would have gone towards it! I'm crazy that way!
Me: Once again nope. Have you always believed in ghosts?
Jeff: Yeah, I think it's safe to say I've always believed. Hell, I'm even convinced I saw a UFO once!
Me: Okay, speaking of ghosts, did you see this?
Me: The Jaguars mascot threw shade at Sam Darnold by showing up to the stadium dressed as a ghost. Did he thought it was funny or wish he didn't make that "seeing ghosts" comment.
Jeff: Hahaha, well I'm sure Darnold wasn't seeing the same ghosts he saw the week before. He might have still twitched at the thought of it though!
Me: Not only that but they also played a Darnold blooper real during the game Sunday, complete with Ghostbusters music for the audio. Do you think he was amused?
Jeff: Honestly, I'm sure he was kind of annoyed at the moment. I have a feeling if it was directed at anyone else he would have found humor in it. But because it was about him, he wasn't amused.
Me: So, apparently dressing up as Antonio Brown is the hit costume this Halloween as I mentioned in the monologue. I already showed a few pics but here's another...
Me: Did you see this coming? Do you think he'd get a kick outta it?
Jeff: Knowing Antonio Brown, he would be amused by it. Only to placate his ego. He wouldn't notice the clown part of it, just happy people are still wearing his jersey.
Me: Speaking of Antonio Brown, he is thinking of coming back to the Steelers. Is that a good idea or bad idea?
Jeff: To quote Michael Scott from "The Office," "No! No! NOOOOO. God no!" That would be a terrible idea. I don't want that joker on my team again. Talent is one thing, but he's proven to be a cancer in the locker room. I don't want him on my fantasy football team or even a Madden video game team!
Me: I have to mention something about the Giants... Saquon Barkley made the Lions defense look like a few kids trying to tackle their father in the backyard. During the fourth quarter of the Giants-Lions game in Detroit, Barkley caught a pass to the left side, finding himself out in the flat with Lions defenders in front of him, with seemingly nowhere to go. The Giants RB then spun out of two tackles, stiff armed a man into the ground, and then ran around another before finally getting dragged down. What did you think of this play? He went into beast mode.
Jeff: Yeah, I saw that play. Barkley was one of the reasons I won my fantasy football game this week. Which is good since my starting QB is out!
Me: So, what NFL news do you have this week?
Jeff: Biggest news of the week is the NFL trade deadline. No huge trades were made. Miami, who had been sellers all year, traded for a top CB to prove they aren't completely tanking the season. They acquired Aquib Talib from the Rams. He's got to be pissed! J.J. Watt, star LB of the Texans who can't stay healthy to save his life, is out for the rest of the season. Again. I would be so frustrated if I was him.
Me: America again has changed another teams name and logo, making it a bit more patriotic...
Me: What do you think?
Jeff: I like that one! Simple but to the point!
Me: I have to mention something about baseball... with the World Series. Congrats to the Nat. But did you see this?
Me: During the 7th Inning Sunday, two female fans, who have been identified as famed Instagram models Julia Rose and Lauren Summer were spotted flashing Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole in effort to distract him. Cole called time shortly after noticing the two. Julia Rose was not too long after contacted by Major League Baseball and banned from any stadiums, facilities, and events for life. Do you think that is fair? I don't.
Jeff: I guess I wasn't paying enough attention to the World Series as I should have! Maybe Barkley should be watching that instead of liking porn on game days? I know I would! I uh, think I need a moment. I'll be right back. Okay, I'm back. Yes, sadly I do think that's fair. You can't just go flashing national TV like that.
Me: Sure you can. Haha. Okay, so, how did we do last week?
Jeff: I had what we call a perfect week. I went 2-0 with a Steelers win on Monday night. While you went 1-1 with a Giants... not win? My lead is now 7 points!
Me: Ugh! I will chop you down with my battle-axe or whatever it is. Let's pick this weeks games... I say the Jags will win by 4 in England and the Vikings will win by 3. What do you say?
Jeff: My picks are Panthers 7 and Seahawks by 11.
Me: All right, Jeff. Have a good Halloween. I will see you back here next Friday instead of Thursday next week. Have a great week, my friend.
Jeff: Happy Halloween everyone. Stay safe. And send any unwanted chocolate my way!
That's lame. If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. So, there's a friend of the Phile who I don't think is scared of anything but apparently he is. He's a singer, patriot and renaissance man. You know what time it is.
Happy Halloween, humans. Many of you are giving me crap over the fact that a big scary guy like me is freaked out by midgets and clowns. You ask me why... call me a wuss... etc. I've never told anyone but my dad and my shrink the reason why up until now. But I'm gonna share it with all of you, right now. Sigh... Fuck it, here goes nothin'... When I was about 3-years-old my father brought me to my first circus. We sat in the very front row on the floor. My dad was my hero and a New York City cop at the time. So I was in my glory... Before the show got under way, packs of clowns were walking around the staging area and a midget circus clown walked up to us and got three inches from my face. He grabs me by the shoulders and shouts... "HELLO LITTLE BOY... WE'RE GONNA HAVE FUN TODAY!"... then, grabs my hand and yanks me out of my seat to walk me around. I freak the fuck out and lose it... I punched and kicked that scary little fucker as if he was trying to drag me into a van with no windows. My dad got up, walked over and said to him, "Can't you see you're scaring my son? Beat it, you little shit." The clown almost crapped himself and ran off. I sat for the rest of the show, shaking like drenched kitten. Scared out of my mind. To sum up... I hate clowns... I hate midgets... and... A midget clown will get throat punched if he comes near me. Hope this clears up any misconceptions as to whether I'm suffering from a traumatic memory... or I'm just an ill mannered dick who hates face painted members of the Lollipop Guild.
This about sums it up.
Donald Trump is an incredibly normal human president who has done incredibly normal human things. He knows how to interact with humans in a human manner, and has done so for years. Among the many human things he has done is participate in his semi-annual interaction with children at the White House (the Easter Egg Roll being the other one). A trick-or-treater... or should I say Trump-or-treater?... approached Trump and the person in costume as Melania, and rather than place candy in the kid's bucket, Trump placed the goods on top of the Minion's head. Covering for her husband, Melania placed a chocolate bar on the kid's head too, and then the candy proceeded to fall to the floor.
Trump is no stranger to minions... that's what Republicans in Congress are for. He is, however, knew to trick-or-treating, which might explain why his adult children are the way that they are. People are in awe of the president's total ineptitude at such a simple task as putting candy in a bag. Another video shows Trump handing a candy bar directly to a child in a dinosaur costume, suggesting that he has some understanding of how trick-or-treating works. Was putting candy on the Minion's head his idea of a practical joke? You can see him do a little "boop" with the bar, and then giggling when it falls to the floor. People on the right found the Minion gambit charming. Like all the Minion memes you see Baby Boomers post on Facebook, it's all a matter of taste.
Sorry, but technically it's "Frankenstein's monster."
A king is trying to find someone to marry his beautiful daughter and sets up a quest to who can find the most ping pong balls in all the land. Three knights set out on this adventure. A few days later the first knight arrives with 27 ping pong balls. The next knight comes in shortly after and has 54 ping pong balls. The following day the last knight arrives; bloody, bruised, chain mail torn like leather and just in all around bad shape. The king asks "my goodness, what has happened to you and where are your ping pong balls?" To which the noble knight responds "ping pong balls?!? I thought you said King Kong's balls!"
Phact 1. Anoka, Minnesota, was the first city in America to officially hold a Halloween celebration, in an effort to divert kids from pulling pranks like tipping outhouses and letting cows loose to run around on Main Street.
Phact 2. Iceland doesn’t really celebrate Halloween, but they do however celebrate “Öskudagur” where they dress up in costumes and go to various stores and sing for candy.
Phact 3. A 23-year-old man from Northern England was arrested in November 2012 for possession of class A drugs after he gave cocaine to children on Halloween.
Phact 4. In 2005, in Frederica, Delaware, apparent suicide of a woman found hanging from a tree went unreported for hours because people passing by thought the body was just another Halloween decoration.
Phact 5. Childbirths tend to increase or decrease on certain holidays, with 3.6% more births on Valentine’s Day, and 5.3% less births on Halloween.
Today's pheatured guest is an American former child actor. Beginning his professional acting career at the age of seven, Patrick is perhaps best known for his role as child werewolf Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy television series "The Munsters." His 2015 book Munster Memories: A Coffin Table Book is the 107th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club and is available on Amazon. Please welcome to the Phile... Butch Patrick.
Me: Hey, Butch, welcome to the Phile. Happy Halloween! How are you?
Butch: I'm okay. Happy Halloween.
Me: So, do you ever get tired of talking about "The Munsters"?
Butch: Well, it's been a pretty popular show over the years I still get a really nice response from people when we go out on the road so no.
Me: Why do you think that show was so successful back then and over the years?
Butch: Universal Studios had the monster movies down to a science and they took all that technique and knowledge they had and applied it to "The Munsters." It was shot on film and it was lit and the set was designed just like a classic monster movie from the late 30s and early 40s which I think leant itself to the quality and set the tone for the whole quality of the show.
Me: What was it like seeing the show in color when the movie Munster, Go Home came out opposed to it being in black and white? Was it a huge difference?
Butch: I particularly didn't care for it myself. I thought because the old monster movies were done in black and white I thought that was the proper genre.
Me: Why did they make the movie color?
Butch: What they did with the purpose of the Munsters movie was to introduce the world to the show. Nobody knew, except the United States, nobody knew who the Munsters were so they were going to try to syndicate the show out. They had to have a movie to release world wide to educate the people on what the Munsters were. That was the technicolor movie that came out so that's how that all came about.
Me: It's kinda surprising the show was black and white in the first place, am I right?
Butch: What you have to remember was back then color was brand new on television so the fact that all the black and white shows changed to color right in 1966 right as we were going off the air was kind of the turn over point. But being in color introduced the Munsters to the world as well. The main thing is it was done as a marketing tool.
Me: How old were you when you started acting?
Butch: I started working when I was seven.
Me: Was "The Munsters" your first acting gig? I don't think it was...
Butch: "The Munsters" came around when I was just turning eleven so I did a year with "The Real McCoys," a year with "General Hospital," and I did a lot of guest starring roles in movies prior to that.
Me: How did you get the role of Eddie?
Butch: When they did the casting process I was living in Illinois with my grandmother and going into 5th grade and my agent convinced them when they found out they were looking to replace the pilot kid, Happy Derman. She convinced them to fly me out for a screen test, no interview, no nothing. I just went from the airport to the studio and put on the studio and I met Yvonne De Carlo and we rehearsed our lines and we did a kitchen scene I remember. She was bought in to replace Joan Marshall and they changed the name from Phoebe to Lily and Lily Munster who was played by Yvonne De Carlo was a movie star so they added star power to the cast. Fred Gwynne was from "Car 54, Where Are You?" and she was a major star so that really what the key was, the fact they brought me in the last minute and gave Eddie a regular boy situation who was a regular kid but happened to be a werewolf or vampire, whatever you chose. I was a werewolf. But they wanted a regular kid who could act and have regular conversations. The Happy Derman interpretation was edgy and dark and mean.
Me: What was Yvonne like to work with?
Butch: She was a gorgeous woman, We had two beautiful women on the show. Beverly Owen was gorgeous and Yvonne De Carlo was a very hot mature woman. She was in her early 40s but she was beautiful. She was the original goth mom.
Me: How would you compare her to Carolyn Jones who played Morticia on "The Addams Family"?
Butch: Morticia was more of a one dimensional thing whereas Lily actually cleaned and cooked the household like a typical mother. It was done by the people that did "Leave It to Beaver." A lot of the scripts and a lot of the storylines were very similar and instead for instance she has the same duties as Barbara Billingsley would have except wearing a pearl necklace in the kitchen she was wearing a bat necklace.
Me: Did you see Yvonne in the later years after the show ended?
Butch: Yeah, I reconnected with her when she did the Vicki Lawrence show and I was the surprise guest. At that time, let's see, she passed away 13 years ago, so it was probably in the late 90s. We started reconnecting and became friends and I kept visiting her. I introduced her to a friend who was a huge fan and was a big shot in Hollywood who took over because I moved away and he would go and visit her and send her care packages with movies to watch, books to read, just to let her know she had not been forgotten. That was wonderful.
Me: Okay, let's talk about your book Munster Memories: A Coffin Table Book. What can you tell us about it?
Butch: It's based on my fond memories of the show.
Me: So, what's your favorite memory?
Butch: I have to tell you, "The Munsters" was my job. It was great to go to work but my favorite memory is when I had a couple of hours to kill I would be able to go explore Universal Studios and see whatever soundstage was building up and whatever movie was going to be in there and seeing Charlton Heston walking down the street with a Moe Howard haircut, seeing Alfred Hitchcock swing by. That was the real deal. To go up to the westerns and see my uncle who used to supply horses and the western props so I would. So I would go to "The Virginian" set or the "Wagon Train" set or go out and see Tim Conway and Ernest Borgnine at the lagoon for "McHale's Navy." That was my fun, those are the memories that I enjoyed. Going to the "Phantom of the Opera" soundstage and going up to the sixth floor catwalks up in the ceiling because it was the largest soundstage in Hollywood. It was awesome.
Me: That kinda reminds me of when I first started working at Disney World in Epcot. Hmmm. Anyway, did you ever get into trouble running around?
Butch: No, I was a pretty good student of getting in and getting out. I would go out on soundstage without disrupting a shoot and making noise. Everyone knew I was supposed to be there because obviously I was in the make-up. It was like my own private playground, and that's what little kids like to do, I wasn't a little kid, I was like 12-years-old but boys like to go exploring. That was the greatest place to go explore in the world.
Me: I'm jealous. Okay, I love the name of the book and the pun... a coffin table book. Haha. It came out a few years ago, right?
Butch: The hardcover sold out immediately, we only did a hundred of them. I had it planned to come out September 24th, 2014 which was 50 years to the day we premiered. I've now gone into the paperback version which is actually a more formal way. People love them, it's a really good read.
Me: So, what kind of memories are in the book?
Butch: It's a combination of memories from fans, I interviewed people that were on the show, Then I also cover the super collectors and all the merchandise that people love to collect. It's a combination of my input, fans input, participants input, and the super collectors.
Me: Did you get to keep anything from the show such as props?
Butch: When I left the show I didn't take anything from the show. I never collected anything. My scripts as the week progressed I ripped the pages out as we finished a scene. At the end of the week my scripts were just the cover and the back, then I threw it away. But when I was out doing "Ironside" I was 18-years-old and Eddie Keyes was our prop man. He came out and saw me and I was like, "Hey, Eddie, how are you doing?" He said, "Great, don't go anywhere, I want you to put this in the trunk of your car and take it home with you." It was the Woof-Woof doll. Then my mom found an Eddie Munster suit she had stashed in her hope chest that I guess I brought home for somebody to use for Halloween during the run. It never made it back. I had four suits, nobody really missed it. Then I went to Western Costume and I found some more suits over the years and I put them up for auction. It was one of those deals where I never brought things home, and when I did bring things home I gave them away.
Me: So, have you ever done voice-overs before on anything? I imagine you did.
Butch: We had to do looping for some of the exterior shots when there was so much noise we had to redo our lines. There was Phantom Tollbooth, which had live action in the beginning we actually filmed in San Francisco. It took two years to do this, every few months they would call me up and I would go in and do more voice-over work for them and they would draw some more cartoons and then I would come in and do some more voice-over work for them. So for a three year period I had the luxury of working with all the great voice artists. Chuck Jones was the master himself.
Me: You worked with Chuck Jones? What? Tell me about him.
Butch: Chuck was great, he was a wonderful guy. I just loved him and he was so talented. Of all the things I received over the years I have a Road Runner sketch that he did, and it's framed that the Centers for Creativity, his families art school framed it for me. What happened was I asked him how long it took him to draw Road Runner and he asked me to get him a cup of coffee and when I came back he handed it to me and it says, "To Butch from the Phantom Roadrunner." Meaning the phantom tollbooth. I also have a nice cell that they gave me.
Me: Did you work with the cast in the booth?
Butch: Yeah, I worked directly with Daws Butler and June Foray and Mel Blanc.
Me: So, The Phantom Tollbooth was originally a book series by Norman Juster, am I right?
Butch: Yeah. It's funny, my wife and I were up in Massachusetts or Connecticut a few years ago I think it was, she sort out and found Norton Juster's family and wife. We spoke to her and we went up and met him and had pictures taken. It was an awesome couple of hours, he was a very nice gentlemen. He's been doing some book signings and this and that because it was the 50th anniversary of the book not to long ago.
Me: So, what are you up to nowadays? I know I met you briefly at the Clermont Comic Con few years ago.
Butch: Well, I live in the house that my grandmother used to own that I lived in when I was in the 8th grade in 1967. I got married a few years ago in September. Leila does the bookings, marketing and media for me now so she's had me booked solidly throughout 2019. I'm working with a gentleman who has a new show in production called "Toy Scout," and he goes around the country and seeks out and finds classic old toys, not only for celebrities but collectors. He has huge collection himself and I'm going to be his sidekick. In every episode they'll be a segment that I'll be in. I'm doing few other things but that's pretty much it. A lot of traveling.
Me: That's cool. Well, thanks for being on the Phile. Please come back again so we can talk about "Lidsville." Take care.
Butch: Thanks, Jason.
That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to my guests Jeff Trelewicz, Laird Jim and of course Butch Patrick. The Phile will be back on Monday with Phile Alum Paul Simon. Yep! Mr. Simon will be back on the Phile! Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. Happy Halloween!
I don't want you, cook my bread, I don't want you, make my bed, I don't want your money too, I just want to make love to you. - Willie Dixon