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Cruisin' Returns to Culver with "Munster" Bash


It's been a half century since "The Munsters" first appeared on black & white TV' sets across America.

Though many a schoolyard critic carped that Herman, Lily and their ghoulish parody of the family Cleaver – Beaver not Eldridge - was a goofy rip-off from a competing network - the silly sweetness of this short-lived sitcom (1964-66) has made The Munsters an enduring fan favorite.

Like most TV shows of its era, cars were integral to the look and feel of The Munsters. Not surprisingly, Cruisin's own George Barris designed and built The "Munster Koach" and its companion dragster aptly named "Dragula." By the time the series canned its last episode, the Barris creations were nearly as popular as the family Munster.

From the first time they appeared on tiny screen, the "Koach" and "Dragula" were a "must have" holiday gift for boys from nine to ninety. They also were in demand by event organizers across America including the Hollywood Christmas Parade where they were nearly as big as hit as the big guy in the red suit.

Even today, nearly fifty years after they first debuted, scale models of the two cars are still in demand worldwide.

To commemorate its 50th anniversary on the television scene, this year's Culver City car show has adopted an all "Munsters" theme. The Grand Marshal for 2015's show will be Butch "Eddie Munster" Patrick – one of two surviving cast members.

Barris' "Munster Koach" will also be on hand. In keeping with the macabre motif, the show's annual pin-up competition will be a Munster-themed fashion homage to Herman's gruesomely stylish vampire bride Lily. There may even be fan participation Munster costume contest. Neck bolts and widow's peaks are a must.

Cruisin' kicks off its 2015 show at 9 a.m. May 9 in Downtown Culver City. If you listen carefully, you can probably hear Grandpa cackling.

The Culver City Observer will again be producing the Official Program Guide for the show. The guide will be inserted in both the Culver City Observer and Santa Monica Observer and distributed at the show.

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Stay tuned ... it should be hair-raising good fun.


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