OUTSIDE GRANDPA'S BELLA GENTE


HELLO. MY NAME IS MARK. I WAS BORN IN 1966 (THE SAME YEAR THE MUNSTERS WENT OFF THE AIR) THE YOUNGEST OF FOUR. I GREW UP IN A TOWN CALLED HYDE PARK. UPSTATE NEW YORK, HOME TOWN OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. I FIRST STARTING WATCHING THE MUNSTERS WHEN I WAS FIVE (IN SYNDICATION OF COURSE)...NOT REALIZING HOW MUCH IT WOULD EFFECT ME LATER IN LIFE. NOT IN A NEGATIVE WAY, BUT A VERY SENTIMENTAL WAY. TV WAS AND STILL IS A BIG PART OF MY LIFE. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I HAVE A LIFE...A BEAUTIFUL WIFE, GREAT FAMILY AND TERRIFIC FRIENDS. I WORK (TWO JOBS) AND HAVE MANY OTHER INTERESTS. BUT MANY TV PROGRAMS (AND MUSIC) TAKE ME BACK TO MY YOUTH. MOST OF ALL, THE MUNSTERS.

"MUNSTERS FAMILY REUNION". BOSTON - NOV. 1996


IN THE 70'S AND 80'S I WOULD CUT OUT MUNSTERS PHOTOS & ADS OUT OF THE TV GUIDE. IN 1984-85 I BOUGHT A MUNSTERS T-SHIRT IN NEW JERSEY (UNKNOWINGLY, THE FIRST 'PIECE' TO MY COLLECTION). MY OLDEST BROTHER WAS A FAN OF THE SHOW WHEN IT ORIGINALLY AIRED. HE HAD THE LUNCHBOX AND A TOY WOOF-WOOF (I'M NOT SURE, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS OFFICIAL). SO I KNEW THAT THEY EXISTED, BUT I HAD NO IDEA THAT THE SHOW WAS SO HEAVILY MARKETED. THAT WAS UNTIL 1989. I BOUGHT A BOOK BY STEPHEN COX CALLED "THE MUNSTERS; THE FIRST FAMILY OF FRIGHT" OR AS I JOKINGLY CALL IT, "THE BIBLE". FROM THERE I LEARNED THAT TONS OF MERCHANDISED ITEMS WERE PRODUCED BACK IN THE SIXTIES. THE HUNT WAS NOW ON... ABOUT 15 MILES FROM WHERE I LIVED WAS A TOWN CALLED STORMVILLE THAT HAD A HUGE OUTDOOR FLEA MARKET. THERE I BOUGHT A BOXED PUZZLE, MY FIRST PIECE FROM THE SIXTIES. THE MAN WHO SOLD IT TO ME ALSO INTRODUCED ME TO A NEWSPAPER TYPE MAGAZINE CALLED "TOY SHOP". THAT'S WHEN THE FLOOD GATES OPENED!

ABOUT 5% OF MY COLLECTION


OVER THE YEARS I'VE MADE LOTS OF FRIENDS GOING TO FLEA MARKETS, TOY SHOWS AND NOSTALGIA CONVENTIONS. I'VE HAD MANY GREAT TIMES MEETING CELEBRITIES AND TALKING TO DEALERS AND OTHER COLLECTORS...THE 90'S WAS A GOLDEN ERA FOR THE "TOY SHOW". THEN, A LITTLE THING CALLED EBAY SURFACED ON THE INTERNET. LITTLE BY LITTLE, YEAR AFTER YEAR, FLEA MARKETS AND TOY SHOWS GOT SMALLER AND SMALLER. PLEASE DON'T GET WRONG, EBAY IS GREAT...I'VE INCREASED MY COLLECTION A GREAT DEAL BECAUSE OF IT... I'M JUST SAYING TIMES HAVE CHANGE.

THE MUNSTER KOACH. NASHVILLE - JUNE 1990


IN MY HOUSE I HAVE A "MUNSTERS ROOM". A ROOM DEDICATED TO THE SHOW (YEAH, YOU GUESSED IT, I HAVE A VERY COOL WIFE). IT HOLDS ALL OF MY COLLECTION. UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE PARTS OF MY WEB-SITE, IT'S "UNDER CONSTRUCTION"...

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

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