This website is my tribute to 
SHOCK THEATER 
featuring: Dr. Shock, Dingbat & Nurse Goodbody

  "And if you should awaken in the still of the night, the scream you hear may be your own."


 

2010

SHOCK, DINGBAT & NURSE GOODBODY ARE BACK!!!



FOUND!! A spoof video of Dr. Shock and Dingbat with (I believe) the REAL DINGBAT!!!


 

Click
HERE
to hear actual closing audio from Shock Theater

Shock Theater
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:14 PM
From: "Baxter Eaves"

Phil,
My name is Baxter Eaves. I managed and then was owner of Chattanooga Costume Company for several years.
I knew Tommy Reynolds and played several characters on the bumpers of Shock Theater. Also knew Dan East and the infamous Horrible Holiday Hills Hargis!
Nurse Badbody was played by Patricia Abney. She attended Central High School and, at the time, lived on Vincent Road with her mother who was straight from Germany and her sister.
She worked for me at the costume company off and on and then some for my Dad, George Eaves, at Eaves Formal Wear.
If you have any questions, I may be able to fill in some blanks.
Tommy started with WTVC channel 9 when the studio was located on Signal Mountain. He was the programming director for years until a new general manager, Lady Jane Dowden made the horrendous mistake of letting him go.
Tommy got a position with WDEF and we were able to do the show over there for a while until the 700 Club bought the time slot. It had been a desire of Tommy's to get enough episodes in the 'can' so it could be syndicated. We were just a few short of the minimum when we were shut down.
Tommy was a wonderful, caring person. I am heartbroken to find both he and Dan have passed away. Last I knew of Patricia, she was in or around Nashville.
I think I loved the show as much from a fan perspective as from the honor it was to work with such incredible talent. I just wish Tommy had gotten the recognition he so richly disearved.
Thank you for doing this site.
I know Tommy would be thrilled. He was a Shakespearean actor at heart. It was hard to miss that if you knew him.
Again, thanks!
Baxter (alias Batgorilla, Walter Crankcase, and various unnamed monsters)

 

Doctor Shock was on WTVC Channel-9 in Chattanooga in the late-60s to early-70s.

Here's what I remember..............


The show was called
Shock Theater and included: 

This scary (funny) crew haunted the airwaves in East Tennessee for a few years on ....


Channel 9 WTVC

Remember Dr. Shock? 
He was played by Tommy Reynolds, the Program Director of WTVC Channel-9 at the time. He was heavyset, clean-shaven, middle aged with long hair, black under his eyes, elongated eyebrows and a Dracula cape with a turned-up collar. He carried a cane with a white full-size skull on top. 

Remember Dingbat?
WTVC artist Dan East created Dingbat in his evil laboratory. Dingbat was about 2 feet tall, had big ears, wings, fangs, long hair, blue jeans with cuffs and those scary saddle oxfords. He would often yell "Flash, Flash, Flash" in his loud, raspy, falsetto voice just before breaking to a funny news bit. (I heard that Dan has unfortunately passed-away.) (I also heard that Dingbat "died" in a house fire.)

Remember the "BLACK SABBATH" theme song.

Remember the Scary Movies? (okay, they weren't that scary)

Remember Nurse Bad-body?????????????? 
(I understand she was a hot, local, high school girl.) (Does anyone know her identity???)


 

FLASH! FLASH! FLASH!

DR. SHOCK HAS DIED

According to the WTVC website:

Dr. Shock Dies
Richard Simms
January 23, 2008 - 1:22PM
 WTVC and many of our viewers remember a former colleague today. If you watched NewsChannel 9 in the early 70's you probably remember Doctor Shock and his sidekick, Dingbat on Shock Theatre.

Tommy Nelson Reynolds, who played the character of Doctor Shock, has passed away. He was 75 years old.

Far ahead of their time, Doctor Shock, Dingbat and Nurse Goodbody would engage each other in humorous repertoire during commercial breaks. The baby boomers among us usually could care less what the movie was. We hung around just to see the commercial breaks, and many Saturday night dates ended in the living room in the company of Dr. Shock and Dingbat.

Dingbat was the creation of then-WTVC Artist Dan East. Both moved on to other careers, which ended the reign of Shock Theatre.

Reynolds moved to Huntsville, Ala. Dan East passed away several years ago.

The two left an indelible mark on Chattanooga television and the cry of Dingbat's "FLASH, FLASH, FLASH!" with a breaking tidbit of humorous news.... will never fade from the memories of many long-time WTVC viewers.

Please scroll down to our Comments section and share your memories of Dr. Shock and Dingbat.

Funeral arrangements are being handled Laughlin Funeral Home in Huntsville.

 

 

 


Here is my favorite memory of SHOCK THEATER:   


I grew up near Benton TN and one night they
were showing a typical, bad "B" movie.

 Some white guy was in the jungle and fell in love with native girl, Alma (played by SEXY Eva Darren)

He missed Alma one night and his search found her.....

Off in the distance you could barely make out a girl tied-up in a clearing, a virgin to be sacrificed to the local monster, 
BUT THEN.... the camera zoomed in and........... 

There she was! NAKED from the waist up, 
shaking her torso back and forth rapidly, "things" bouncing around, screaming her head off...!!!! 
(It was a memorable moment for a teenage boy!)

Like a flash, DR. SHOCK & DINGBAT were back on the screen. 
Dingbat screamed (in his hi-pitched voice) "WHADJA THINK ABOUT THAT, SHOCK????
Shock replied: "I think we'd better start screening these movies before we show them."

(That still cracks me up!) (I can mimic Dingbat pretty well on that one.)


WANTED: Pictures, Film, Audio or Video of Dr. Shock, Dingbat and Nurse Bad-body (was it Nurse Pure Body??) !

WANTED: Your recollections of funny things that happened on Shock Theater.


 

Wanted: I would love to have a re-creation of a DINGBAT puppet.

(Can anyone make one for me???)


 

Photos Wanted drwebman.com


Photos wanted of NURSE BADBODY


Copy of a promotional photo of "Nurse Purebody", Dingbat and Dr. Shock
given out at a personal appearance in Athens TN.

 

NURSE PUREBODY


FLASH! FLASH!

I contacted the Huntsville TV station where Tommy Reynolds went after he left WTVC, but was told he had been gone from there over 5 years.

(Does anyone know how to get in touch with him?)

I would like to tell him how much I enjoyed his show growing up (and ask for an autograph).

(Maybe he could relate some interesting stories to post here as well.)

I would like any information on this show. (even transcripts?)

Was there a female Dingbat? 
How about a corrupt politician, Wilbur Ripsnort??


FLASH! FLASH! 
A 2006 re-creation of Dingbat, one of Mr. East's great characters.
(This image was sent to me by a fellow fan who came across my website.)

He said there was a great story in the new free press weekend edition back in '76 or '77 about Dingbat and others. 
 


Here are pics from that story, sent to me by Bob Rothwell

A RED? Dingbat and Minnie Squirrel whispering into creator, Dan East's ear.


Congressman Wilbur Ripsnort


GPS football coach Willie Jack Rabbit



Roger Mutt the news hound


 



A sketch a reader sent me of a Dingbat he's having made.

I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


"DINGBAT LIVES" tag

 


"DINGBAT LIVES" decal


 


NO! This is not "THE" Dingbat, but he may be "A" dingbat.

 


This is not Dingbat

 


Here's a Dingbat logo of some sort

 


Here's a plane called "The Dingbat"



Looks like a "Ding" Bat Halloween costume.



a DINGBAT bank ?


Left-Wing DINGBAT


Paul Terry's DINGBAT and SYLVESTER the FOX
A Terry-Toon Cartoon


 


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BRIDES OF BLOOD

Peace Corps worker Jim Farrell (John Ashley), Dr. Paul Henderson (Kent Taylor) and Henderson’s nymphomaniac wife Carla (Beverly Hills a.k.a. Beverly Powers) arrive at Blood Island at the most inopportune time. Seems that the natives have reverted to their primitive ways and have been conducting lotteries to decide which of their lovely young women is to be stripped of their clothing and given as a sacrifice to the local monster. In the meantime, lingering radiation has been affecting the local plant and animal life, causing them to transform at certain points into deadly monsters that can strangle, bite and slap all who dare come near.

Fright and sensuality collide when Blood Island chiefs sacrifice beautiful young virgins to "The Evil One," a horrid creature bred by radiation and metamorphosed from an innocent man. New arrivals to the island include scientists Kent Taylor and John Ashley, along with the alluring Beverly Hills, but their jungle search for mutated life forms is interrupted by attacks from living vegetation and terrifying beasts! This  is a fast-paced drive-in classic filled with monsters, maidens and mayhem!

Plot:
The year is 1968, and Jim Farrell (John Ashley), Dr. Paul Henderson (Kent Taylor) and Henderson's wife, Carla (Beverly "Hills" Powers) have arrived on "Blood Island" for a six-month stay. Farrell is a Peace Corp volunteer, Dr. Henderson a scientist studying the effects of Bikini Islands atomic bomb test fallout on this island's flora and fauna, and Carla is apparently a professional (okay, at times very unprofessional) nymphomaniac. Their arrival is an auspicious one, as the natives who appear to be coming to greet them are actually a burial-at-sea party. The people they are burying are two of their women, both literally torn to pieces in what the tribe elder, Arcadio (Andrés Centenera), will only, mysteriously, call an "accident."

That afternoon, while the Hendersons are in the jungle—Paul looking for samples, and Carla attempting to patch up what remains of their marriage—Carla finds a land crab, but one which appears to have mutated. It is the first real sign—but will by no means be the last—that radiation may have affected this island. With the sun setting, the Hendersons return to the village with their find, and stumble onto a sight nearly as puzzling as the mutant crab. The tribe is holding a lottery among all the women, including Arcadio's granddaughter Alma (Eva Darren), and the two women who draw the proper lots are terrified, one of them nearly hysterical. Regardless of Carla's assurance that she doesn't want to know why two frightened women are being led away by men with spears, when the procession has disappeared into the jungle Farrell and the Hendersons follow. Before they can catch up to the tribe, however, they come face to face with Goro (Bruno Punzalan), the servant of Esteban Powers (Mario Montenegro). Goro informs them that Powers has invited them to dinner and to stay at his estate while they are on the island. The dinner invitation is accepted but, despite Carla's suggestion that they really, really should spend the night at the estate...with Powers...in real beds, they head back to the village afterward.

On their way back to the village, they again run into the tribal procession—with a slight difference. The two women are now tied to X-bar crosses and are being carried. Farrell and the Hendersons follow the tribe and watch as the crosses are set up, with the women securely fastened to them, near an ancient idol. Arcadio strips the women, and the tribe returns to the village, assuring Farrell and the Hendersons, at spear-point, that they should join them.

Shortly after everyone returns to the village, the sounds begin. Animalistic grunts like nothing the three visitors have ever heard. Arcadio hedges when Farrell asks what they are. Alma seems to be about to say something, but bolts from the room when the women's anguished screams begin. Before Farrell can force his way past Arcadio-who warns him that he will stop him at the cost of his own life—the screams stop. The only explanation Arcadio and Alma will give is that the tribe has "returned to the old ways." And those "old ways" involve something or someone known only as "the Evil One."

 



 

 

 


 

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Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock

jq855@yahoo.com
To Me
May 09, 2014
1:20 AM

Very cool tribute page to Dr Shock.
I remember watching shock theater when I was a kid in Copperhill Tn on channel 9.
Brings back memories.
 


only1irish@aol.com
To Me

Feb 20, 2014

Hello. I was looking through your shock theatre website. I have been trying to find information on this for years. I was pretty young when it was on but remember it and loved it. I saw that you have the music played at the end of the show, but do you have the music that was played at the beginning?
Thanks,

Marie


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock

HelLaUs@aol.com
To Me
Jul 12, 2013

Love your site. My friends and I are all the time talking about those days. I couldn't wait till Saturday Night to watch Dr Shock to see what kind of B class nudity I would get to see. I had the TV set up with it's back facing the hallway to my bedroom, that way I could see if mom or dad was coming and I could turn the Boob Tube off. Especially liked DingBat " Flash, flash, flash,,, Red Bank Rena was seen with Blackjack Blaylock then Shock would grab his snout, beak or what ever. They had a promo at East Gate Mall, the only one at the time, and advertised " Come See The Red Headed Bats and the Baby Rattlers, I believe it was around Halloween. My folks took me out there and I waited in line for about 30 minutes to see the Baby Rattlers,,,Finally It came my turn and they let me step inside the roped off area to a bird cage about 3 feet tall and 2 foot in diameter covered with a sheet. I was about to go crazy with excitement, if nothing else I was getting to meet Dr Shock in person. I stepped up and he slowly pulled the sheet back a little so I could peek inside, and there they were, 2 baby rattler toys the kind babies shake that rattle. Bummer, on to the next line, the popular line, Red Headed Bats ooooo. Thirty minutes or so later, but it seemed like a lifetime,
it was my turn. Nurse Badbody slowly pulled back the sheet so I could cast my eyes upon 2 baseball bats that had the heads painted Red. I started laughing and we did a little shopping and then went home. But to this day and I'm 54 I still remember seeing Dr Shock, Nurse Badbody, the Red Headed Bats, and baby Rattlers. Damn I miss those days.

David C


 


Shock Theater
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 4:14 PM
From: "Baxter Eaves" <captbax@hotmail.com>

Phil,
My name is Baxter Eaves. I managed and then was owner of Chattanooga Costume Company for several years.
I knew Tommy Reynolds and played several characters on the bumpers of Shock Theater. Also knew Dan East and the infamous Horrible Holiday Hills Hargis!
Nurse Badbody was played by Patricia Abney. She attended Central High School and, at the time, lived on Vincent Road with her mother who was straight from Germany and her sister.
She worked for me at the costume company off and on and then some for my Dad, George Eaves, at Eaves Formal Wear.
If you have any questions, I may be able to fill in some blanks.
Tommy started with WTVC channel 9 when the studio was located on Signal Mountain. He was the programming director for years until a new general manager, Lady Jane Dowden made the horrendous mistake of letting him go.
Tommy got a position with WDEF and we were able to do the show over there for a while until the 700 Club bought the time slot. It had been a desire of Tommy's to get enough episodes in the 'can' so it could be syndicated. We were just a few short of the minimum when we were shut down.
Tommy was a wonderful, caring person. I am heartbroken to find both he and Dan have passed away. Last I knew of Patricia, she was in or around Nashville.
I think I loved the show as much from a fan perspective as from the honor it was to work with such incredible talent. I just wish Tommy had gotten the recognition he so richly deserved.
Thank you for doing this site.
I know Tommy would be thrilled. He was a Shakespearean actor at heart. It was hard to miss that if you knew him.
Again, thanks!
Baxter (alias Batgorilla, Walter Crankcase, and various unnamed monsters)


Nurse Badbody
Friday, January 22, 2010 8:19 PM
From: "BS RogerWMartin mail" <rogerwmartin@bellsouth.net>
To: Phil Lea         
d r w e b m a n @ y a h o o . c o m

I don't know why, but this name just popped into my mind recently. I just barely remember the Shock Theater. I graduated from Central High in 1979. For some reason I want to say the Nurse Badbody was a Central grad, not from my class of course but a few years earlier. While riding the school bus home, I think I remember someone say frequently that one of the houses on the route was where Nurse Badbody lived. I can't swear to this as it's been many years and I've lost a few brain cells since then.
 


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Monday, December 21, 2009 3:04 AM
From: "Bill Russell" <tachclockman@aol.com>
To: d r w e b m a n @ y a h o o . c o m

I remember the "nude" showing on "Shock Theatre" and remember one other "line" which was prior to what you mentioned: after Dingbat's opening remark.. Dr. Shock mentioned his being "shocked, for the very first time on this show!"
Also, I did go to the "Orange Hut" to meet (I really did ) "Red Bank Rena." Remember Dingbat's incessant cry? "Red Bank Reena, have you ever seena.."
Shock used to eat there (religiously LOL!) at around 1 A.M. every Sunday morning, after the show; Dan would go there on occasion. Her real name was Reena (pronounced: Ren-nay). My family built (and owned) Skateland on (then) 2 lane hwy. Access Road, down from Dupont and the Dam.
Bob Brandy came in to talk 'advertising' and attempted to jump back onto the upper guard railing, but missed, landing on his back... his hat and "red rug" were knocked off from the fall. Other than embarassment, he was okay! Like you, we watched Shock theatre for the commercials, only. 4 or sometimes 5 would gather for our weekly game of Risk or Monopoly and ending "play" when Shock Theatre was over.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Sunday, November 22, 2009 1:02 PM
From: "broach643@aol.com" <broach643@aol.com>

I love you site on Shock Theater and I was wondering if you could send me the mp3 file of the closing or fix the one on your site since its down thanks in advance a loyal fan of shock theater.


From: Johnny Stockman <johnny@motionpictureservices.net>
Subject: the les paul.

Date: Friday, November 20, 2009, 8:37 AM

hello phil,

...................I  saw all your dr shock stuff, very cool! i believe my boss has a few clips of dr shock shows on high 8 or vhs, i'll ask him.. i tried to resurrect shock theater years ago but couldn't come up with any financial backing.. i think my friend chris braly who works at wtvc is trying to do it again now.


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 2:27 PM
From: "Martin.Ellis@dobbins.af.mil" <Martin.Ellis@dobbins.af.mil>

Hey!!!,

I love your sight, it really brings back memories for me. I don’t remember having a horror host here in Ga. But my Grandmother uncle and Cousins lived in South Pittsburg TN when I was growing up, and I would spend summers there. I loved Shock Theater. I have been trying to research how to start my own show here where I live. I have attached a photo from when I worked a Haunted House over the last couple of years and you can see a slight Dr Shock influence in the makeup, and my walking stick I just plain stole the idea from Dr Shock. Thanks again for the memories, and please share anything Shock Theater related you find in the future.

Duane Ellis
Dobbins Fire and Emergency Services
94 MSG/CEF
678-655-4840


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Sunday, September 27, 2009 9:46 AM
From: "Thomas Swafford" <tswaf@copper.net>

Dear Sir,

I am the editor of the newsletter for the Chattanooga Old Time Radio Club. I am currently working on an article about the horror genre on the radio. I usually try to dedicate it to someone I have know that has died. I briefly knew Dan East and wanted to include a picture of him in the dedication at the last. Do you mind if I use the shot of him you have posted on your site? I will send you a copy of the newsletter if you will allow me to use it, and one of Dingbat.

I enjoy the site. I grew up in Pikeville, TNH and was a huge fan of the show myself.

Thomas Swafford


Ding bat
Sunday, July 12, 2009 2:56 PM
From: "William Mccord" <mccord123@comcast.net>

Hello neighbor I live on benton Pike. came across your info on Dr. Shock doing reserach on another progect. I may came fil in some of your questions if you can answer a few of mine. When did Ding Bat die. What do you know about his death? Please e mail any info on this subject. If I am right it will answer your unknown bad bodie.


From: Ed Harrison <therealthing@comcast.net>
Subject: Live Wrestling TV 12 Shows
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 7:36 PM

Dear Phil,

I just found your site.I really enjoyed your tributes to Bob Brandy & Dr. Shock.They were two of my favorites when I was growing up as well.I'm a few years younger than you.I was born in 1963.I grew up in Chattanooga and I still live here in the Hixson area.
I noticed you had some old wrestling photos under the letter W. I was a big wrestling fan when I was a kid.I don't watch it anymore,as most of it is just pure crap now.I remember very well the WDEF tv 12 shows on Saturdays with Harry Thornton & Nick Gulas.Jackie Fargo was my favorite wrestler.
I was wondering if you would happen to have any of those old LIVE WRESTLING TV 12 shows on dvd or VHS by chance??? I've managed to find several wrestling matches from different arenas that have the Gulas guys on them,but as far as tv shows I've only found one with Harry Thornton hosting.It's from June 1980,around the time Harry & Nick retired.If you have any of the tv 12 shows I would be glad to buy copies from you,or trade you something that I have on dvd.
Again,I enjoyed your site and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks,
Ed Harrison


Dr. Shock
Monday, March 16, 2009 5:12 PM
From: "Ron Taylor" <rtaylor59114@troy.edu>

WOW!

That’s about I can say. I was looking for info on Dr. Shock a few years ago and there really wasn’t any to be had. Thanks for putting this site together! I remember Dr. Shock VERY well. I lived in Cleveland until I was about 6. My sister was 12 years older than me and we would watch Dr. Shock and Dingbat every Saturday night. My Mother worked at Mearle Norman and Tommy got his makeup from her. One night I was at work with my Mom and Tommy came in to replenish his makeup supply and I was just in complete awe! I couldn’t have been more than 5 at the time. He was really nice to me and wanted to know all about me and what I was into. Before he left he bought a stuffed animal, a seal and gave it to me. I saw him at a Jay Cees haunted house not too long after that and he even remembered me! I kept that seal until I lost it in a fire when I was 18. Goodnight Dr. Shock...good night…


DR. SHOCK
Sunday, November 30, 2008 10:29 PM
From: "NICK THOMAS" <landdealer@gmail.com>

ENJOYED THIS SO MUCH. I WAS IN GRADESCHOOL I THINK WHEN HE STARTED THIS, IT WAS A BIG DEAL TO ME. I AM SUPRISED YOU DON'T MENTION "RED BANK RENA" !!! I AM SURE YOU REMEMBER HIM TALKING ABOUT HER...SHE WORKED AT "THE ORANGE HUT" , OWNED BY JACK PICKLE RIP, AS A WAITRESS. I REMEMBER SEEING DR. SHOCK OUT OF WARDROBE IN THERE AND SHE WAITED ON ME MANY TIMES. THANKS FOR THE MEMORY JOG I WILL LOOK MORE AT YOUR SITE. ..............

REALLY ENJOYED THIS,
NICK THOMAS


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Friday, November 28, 2008 4:50 PM
From: "The Atkins" <psatkins2007@t-online.de>

Greetings,

Do you know where I could get some old videos of the Dr Shock Show. I would love to have some of those. Thanks for your help.

Peter Atkins


Dr. Shock
Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:44 PM
From: "J Oliver" <junkbucket06@yahoo.com>

Hey Phil,

I grew up in Cleveland during the 70's and watched every Saturday night until it went off the air and then waited, hoping it would someday come back.

About 5 or 6 years ago, I was telling my kids about Dr. Shock and Shock Theater and did a search, but back then the only thing that came up was a picture of him and Dingbat. I did some research and sent an email to the station manager there in Chattanooga and asked if there was any way I could get copies of the old show, so that I could share that experience with my kids (and to relive some great memories for myself). The manager was kind enough to respond, but I was very sad to hear that "all the tapes in that library were lost many years ago."

What was meant by that....I have no idea. Fire, theft, or maybe the tapes grew too old and brittle? I even thought that maybe he just told me that so that he wouldn't have to go through the trouble of copying any of them for me. Who knows.

So I thought that if I could find and contact Tommy Reynolds, that maybe he had copies and maybe he would be happy to hear from an old fan and would make copies for me. I contacted the station in Alabama, but never heard back from them. That was a little rude! So, reluctently, I gave up.

I was recently contacted by members of a rock band I played with there in Cleveland in the early 80's about getting together for a reunion show. The drummer and I have been emailing back and forth and I mentioned Dr. Shock to him and that's how I learned that Tommy had passed on. I tell you, hearing that was a like losing a little piece of my childhood and with it, the chance of getting my hands on copies of that show.

So, if you ever hear of a way to get copies, please, please let me know. Thanks for putting up this page. There's a lot of memories here. I too remember sitting there watching as the girl with no top on appeared on the screen. I just sat there, eyes wide open as I said "Whaa...?" That was funny!

Thanks again!

Jim Langston
junkbucket06@yahoo.com


Bob Brandy
Sunday, August 24, 2008 6:25 PM
From: "Chilhowee Dance & Performing Arts" <chilhowee.dance@earthlink.net>

Hello, Mr. Lea,

I have been enoying browsing around your websites this afternoon, especially those dedicated to Dr. Shock and Bob Brandy.

Yes, I was one of those Brownies who were on the BB show. I got to tell a joke and was rewarded with a box of Moon Pies. A whole box! Pure JOY! And we got to tell our names and ages and all of the girls talked about how old they were going to say they were. Back then, it was important to be 9 1/2 or 9 3/4 (I was 9 3/4).

When Bob, Ingrid, and Rebel came to Athens for a show at the Strand Theatre, there were so many kids in the streets that traffic was halted around the courthouse for quite some time. The live portion of the show was outside; then everyone went inside for the 3 Stooges movie and Popeye cartoon.

At my office, there have been times that personnel would comment on personality changes that co-workers might take on, dependent upon whose office they were in. My office was the "fun" place to be. I started standing in the doorway between my office and another and would say, "On the land. In the water. On the land. In the water," all the while jumping sideways, back and forth between offices.

Remember that Bob Brandy game? It was like BB's version of "Simon Says." The people who grew up around here knew exactly what I was doing but others thought I had a loose screw (apropos for a psychology practice) LOL.

A cousin of mine especially loved the Bob Brandy show and when her 40th birthday was on the horizon, her sister contacted WTVC to see if they had any old publicity photos or anything with Bob's photo; he was still alive and associated with Channel 9 and kindly autographed a photo and sent it along for the party. Cousin was absolutely thrilled!

I saw that you were wondering about Ingrid's death. I do recall that she and Bob divorced and that she was murdered by Bob's brother, with whom she was living. It was many years ago and I don't recall anything about a court case or any followup info about her murder. I believe Bob's brother's name was Richard Brandenburg.

On a lighter note, my husband and I still occasionally mention Shock Theatre and say, "Shock-ck-ck-ck-ck" to one another. And we remember when Dingbat was kidnapped.

Thanks for bringing back pleasant memories. Oh...and was it you who was looking for L&N RR model train items? A side note: both of my grandfathers and both of my husband's grandfathers worked for L&N.

With kind regards,
Brenda Rayburn


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Monday, August 4, 2008 9:04 PM
From: "Westberry, Charles H." <charles.westberry@timken.com>

Wasn't Dingbat paired with another person at after Dr. Shock called Freaky Fred? I worked at an aluminum plant in Scottsboro, Alabama and the fellow who played Freaky Fred worked there. I can't remember his name though.

Do you remember that or am I thinking of another show in the Chattanooga Market. I do remember Dr. Shock and Dingbat. That was a fun time in the 70's for sure.

Charles Westberry
Columbus, Mississippi

Charles Westberry
Sr Field Engineer
The Timken Company
Mail Code: IGH-05
1835 Dueber Avenue, S.W.
P.O. Box 6927
Canton, OH 44706-0927 U.S.A.

Telephone: (205) 910-6291
Facsimile: (330) 471-7180
charles.westberry@timken.com

 


 


 


 


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Friday, November 28, 2008 4:50 PM
From: "The Atkins" <psatkins2007@t-online.de>

Do you know where I could get some old videos of the Dr Shock Show.
I would love to have some of those.
Thanks for your help.
Peter Atkins


RE: Dr. Shock
Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:44 PM
From: "J Oliver" <junkbucket06@yahoo.com>

Hey Phil,
I grew up in Cleveland during the 70's and watched every Saturday night until it went off the air and then waited, hoping it would someday come back. About 5 or 6 years ago, I was telling my kids about Dr. Shock and Shock Theater and did a search, but back then the only thing that came up was a picture of him and Dingbat. I did some research and sent an email to the station manager there in Chattanooga and asked if there was any way I could get copies of the old show, so that I could share that experience with my kids (and to relive some great memories for myself). The manager was kind enough to respond, but I was very sad to hear that "all the tapes in that library were lost many years ago." What was meant by that....I have no idea. Fire, theft, or maybe the tapes grew too old and brittle? I even thought that maybe he just told me that so that he wouldn't have to go through the trouble of copying any of them for me. Who knows. So I thought that if I could find and contact Tommy Reynolds, that maybe he had copies and maybe he would be happy to hear from an old fan and would make copies for me. I contacted the station in Alabama, but never heard back from them. That was a little rude! So, reluctently, I gave up. I was recently contacted by members of a rock band I played with there in Cleveland in the early 80's about getting together for a reunion show. The drummer and I have been emailing back and forth and I mentioned Dr. Shock to him and that's how I learned that Tommy had passed on. I tell you, hearing that was a like losing a little piece of my childhood and with it, the chance of getting my hands on copies of that show. So, if you ever hear of a way to get copies, please, please let me know. Thanks for putting up this page. There's a lot of memories here. I too remember sitting there watching as the girl with no top on appeared on the screen. I just sat there, eyes wide open as I said "Whaa...?"
That was funny!
Thanks again!
Jim Langston
junkbucket06@yahoo.com


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Monday, August 4, 2008 2:28 PM
From: "Rob Bratcher" <RobBratcher@BURKEMILLS.com>

Thanks for the memories from Shock Theatere. I lived in Rome Ga and we got it every Saturday night. It was such a thrill to set up on Saturday Night and watch DR. Shock!

It was good seeing the picture.

Thanks

Rob


Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Thursday, June 26, 2008 1:10 AM
From: "mdburns@austin.rr.com" <mdburns@austin.rr.com>

Hi Phil,

I love your Tribute to Shock Theater! I spent summer vacations with my dad (and grandparents) in Athens, TN. Shock Theater was a weekly ritual then, and is among my favorite memories now. Seeing the pictures and hearing the audio took me right back to my dad’s living room. Thanks for the happy stroll down memory lane! :)

Marci Burns
Austin, TX


From: "Chad Curtis" <ccurtis@allisonsigns.com>
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 11:26:51 -0500

Hi, Phil,

"Mom, can I stay up and watch Shock Theatre?"

I can remember asking this question over and over! I grew up in Tracy City, TN and watched Shock Theatre when my Mom would let me stay up late. Unfortunately, I don't really remember any of the movies. Dr. Shock and Dingbat were the stars and probably the only things worth remembering anyway. Something about Shock's skull head cane was cool. I wish I had one of those!

As I think of Shock Theatre I become nostalgic and am reminded of simpler times. I think that's what Shock Theatre was all about anyway. It was about having fun and being with family. Heaven knows we need more of that today!

R.I.P. Mr. Reynolds!

God Bless,

Chad Curtis
Gallatin, TN

(see attachment...Here is a copy of the original Shock Theatre logo!!)


From: "SQ" <sbquillian@bellsouth.net>
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:38:33 -0400

A friend who grew up in Cleveland, TN (didn't know him then) (I grew up
in Chatt.) sent me a link to your site awhile back. I knew I had an
autograph picture of Dr. Shock and Dingbat somewhere--looked everywhere. I
didn't find it until today when I was looking for something else. Obviously,
I was a big fan. Watched every Saturday (?) night.

Would you like to post the picture on your site? If you do, I'll scan
it in at work and send it. Love your site!

Suzanne Quillian


From: "Jeffery Johnson" <smokeyj722@msn.com>
Subject: Dr. Shock
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 01:57:42 +0000

I loved Dr. Shock when I was a kid. I actually won a $25 savings bond
by drawing a character from Lake Winnepesaka called L.W. It was
somebody dressed in a big racoon suit wearing overalls.

Jeff Johnson


Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2008 10:50:34 -0500
From: "Angie Beal" <abeal@mail.newschannel9.com>
Subject: dr shock/shock theater

Hi,
I work in the marketing department at WTVC NewsChannel 9.
I noticed on your website you have a page for Dr. Shock. And on the page,
you have pictures and even sound bites.
WTVC is in it's 50th year and we are doing a special program.
I was hoping that you would have any video of Shock Theater or could
send me any kind of pictures.
When WTVC moved, the station lost most of it's video and pictures in a
flood when the storage facility was damaged.
If you could help me, I would greatly appreciate it.
If you have any further information, perhaps some you know has video or
pictures? Please have them contact me.

Thanks so much,
Angie Beal
Marketing WTVC NewsChannel 9

Angie Beal
Marketing and Promotions
WTVC NewsChannel 9
757-7356
fax 757-7454


From: "Bob Rothwell" <ustranga@webtv.net>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 15:40:12 -0500
Subject: DR. SHOCK MEMORIES

Hi Phil,
Since we just lost Tom Reynolds,I thought I would share some of my
memories of Dr. Shock and Ding Bat. In 1997 I wrote an article on the
history of Chattanooga tv horror hosts. It was published in the 1998
Scary Monsters Magazine yearbook.The following excerpts were taken from
that article.
I was not allowed to watch Shock Theater in the early days because my
parents felt I was too young to stay up past 11pm on Saturday night.
Ironically,I saw Dr. Shock in person long before I watched him on tv.
In 1972 Dr Shock made a personal appearance at Fairview elementary school.
Fairview is near my hometown of Decatur Tn.,and I was in Kindergarten
at the elementary school in 1972. My mom took me to see Dr. Shock at
Fairview.. When I found Dr. Shock,he was sitting in a folding chair in
the back of a dark classroom. I remember being surrounded by a group of
children and parents,and slowly we advanced towards the motionless Dr.
Shock. I recall the kid in front of getting close enough to touch him
and at that moment Dr. Shock erupted from his chair! Shock let out a
blood curdling scream and children scattered in all directions. Dr.
Shock chased all of us around the room. Being chased by Dr. Shock was
an unforgettable experience. Dr. Shock's first visit had gone so well that
he was invited back to Fairview a few months later. I missed his second
visit but I heard that some kid threw milk all over Shock and ruined
his costume.
The article is much longer and contains a few more Dr. Shock stories
but this the is best one I have. Thank You-Bob Rothwell.

http://community.webtv.net/ustranga/SUPERUNUSUALTHEATER



Reader's comments from the WTVC Website. (I don't restrict characters like they do!)

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I really hate to hear this about Dr Shock. I loved that show and I created a web site a couple of years ago as a tribute to the show, the players and us fans. I regret I was never able to thank Mr. Reynolds in person for all the good times he and DINGBAT gave to me and so many others. RIP SHOCK. God bless you, your family and your many fans. I ask all who have STORIES or PHOTOS or VIDEOS or AUDIO of SHOCK THEATER to email them to me and I'll post them on the website. Thanks to all who have called me and have submitted their stories, photos and more to my website. Phil Lea Benton TN NOTE G00GLE Dr Shock and Phil Lea. Maybe you can find my site as WTVC won't let me post the addy.


Philip Lea - Jan 24, 2008 10:39:16 PM

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I'm really ticked at WTVC. I've spent an hour attempting to post a message with the addy of my Dr Shock tribute website, but it keeps being kicked out. Phil Lea


Phil Lea - Jan 24, 2008 10:35:51 PM

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I met Dr Shock at Zayres many many years ago And how I hated the opening of the show when a woman would give off a blood curdling scream I still get chills thinking of those saturday nights with the lights off and watching him and Dingbat I will miss you my goulish friend RIP


Richard Gibson - Jan 24, 2008 07:13:36 PM

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I actually met Mr. Reynolds when I worked at Holiday Bowl. He was a very nice man. Those were the good old days. Rest in Peace, Dr. Shock.


Martha Mercer Whitlock - Jan 24, 2008 03:04:47 PM

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I'll never forget all the hilarious nicknames Dr. Shock and Dingbat used for local dignitaries, places, events. Their ongoing riffs on Girls Purgatory School were priceless.


Pat Charles - Jan 24, 2008 01:35:14 PM

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Thanks for the wonderful memories of laughter and fear. I have often fondly remembered getting to stay up late with my cousins to watch Dr Shock. Cannot remember a single movie. But I have never forgotten Dr Shock and DingBat!


Wendell Haynes - Jan 24, 2008 12:52:41 PM

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My Mother, my son, Brett, and I were in Eastgate Shopping Mall one day when Dr. Shock and Dingbat approached us. My Mother knew him personally and he lowered Dingbat down to my son's level. Brett immediately "punched" Dingbat out of fright. We apologized of course and still laugh about it. Dr. Shock is a good memory of those days. May he rest with our Lord.


Diane Williams - Jan 24, 2008 12:41:43 PM

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I actually worked with Tom when he worked at Channel 19 in Huntsville but didnt realize early on that he was Dr Shock. I was visiting him one day and he got up from his desk to go get something and there was a picture cube on his desk which I started looking at and flipping. Up pops a picture of Dr Shock. Tom walks in and sits down and I look at the cube and look at Tom and I say you are Dr Shock and he says in his deep voice Yes I am DrS Shock and perhaps you know my friend Ding Bat I almost died hadnt thought of that show in years. He laughed and laughed. What a great memory one of the few events I remember from my childhood going to my grandparents and watching Shock Theater on their 10 channel cable service. Tom was a very nice man and a true professional who will be missed.


Craig Dunn - Jan 24, 2008 11:48:16 AM

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I would wait up on my dad to get home from work so we could watch Shock Theatre together. What a great childhood memory. RIP, Dr. Shock. Thanks for the memories.


rj - Jan 24, 2008 09:24:13 AM

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My family talks alot about those bygone days. All the fun stuff we used to do and the things we remember. Dr. Shock and Dingbat were at the top of our list. We had a little 13 inch black and white television in our bedroom and were allowed to stay up and watch Dr. Shock. I never grew tired of him whacking Dingbat off his perch! What wonderful memories of way simpler and better times this brings back to me. Rest in peace Dr. your work here is done.


Lisa in Michigan - Jan 24, 2008 08:56:52 AM

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I remember Dr Shock from 1975. On one show they had a guy from the LongHorn Rodeo named Hub Hubble with a big cowboy hat on. Dingbat asked him Is that a Hub Cap you are wearing? I fell in the floor laughing so hard. They were great together and always had something to say about Red Bank. You will be missed!


David Cate - Jan 24, 2008 08:05:46 AM

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The only time I was allowed to stay up late, even had my name announced on the show once when he had a Halloween contest to give away costumes on the show at breaks.


Jerry Bridges - Jan 24, 2008 07:12:26 AM

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I remember trying to stay up late with my mother to see Dr Shock and Dingbat It is a memory I will never forget Rest in Peace


R Bentley - Jan 24, 2008 07:01:48 AM

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What a great time it was, when the 'scariest' thing on tv was Shock Theater. My mom and I were regular viewers. The banter of Dr. Shock and Dingbat were always the best part of the show. Thanks for the memories.


Sue B - Jan 24, 2008 06:53:46 AM

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I always watched Dr. Shock and Dingbat every weekend. If you wanted to see a Horrow movie or a Science Fiction flick, I would make an appointment with the doctor. I did not know his real name until now but I have seen him as a news forecaster on WTVC also. The theme for Shock Theater was Black Sabbath by the group of the same name, I thought you might want to know. I will miss him, he was one of a kind.


Bill Sudderth - Jan 24, 2008 02:02:14 AM

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Having grown up in Red Bank, I was always wanting to hear the latest about Red Bank Reena at the Orange Hut. From the opening theme of Black Sabbath to the always hilarous Ding Bat and his banter with the Dr., I was always laughing. I watched every week and have always felt a loss since it went off the air. We'll miss you Doctor!


Greg Whitehead - Jan 23, 2008 06:15:07 PM

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That is so sad to hear. I was actually a "SHOCKETTE" on his show and tap danced with 3 other girls. It was so much fun. I wish I could get copies of the old videos but can't seem to find any! May he rest in peace!


Rhonda Majoras - Jan 23, 2008 06:13:22 PM

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Hello from Gatlinburg, TN. My mom would pop some popcorn on the stove with one of those shake things. What a memory. Go rest high on that mountain Dr. Shock.


Curtis Trotter - Jan 23, 2008 05:48:10 PM

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This has brought back a lot of fond memories from a much simpler time. I was in high school back then and often wondered who nurse badbody really was. Too bad we cannot return to those days.


Tim - Jan 23, 2008 05:16:20 PM

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Some of my friends and I were actually on Shock Theatre once as special guests of Dr Shock. Mr Reynolds was a very nice man and brought a lot of joy and laughter to folks in this area. Thanks for all the happy memories, Doc. RIP

 


From: "rexomix" <rexomix@centurytel.net> 
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 17:27:26 -0500

YOU KNOW SHOCK THEATER WAS VIDEO TAPE.
AND THE FIRST DING BAT WAS STOLE.SO I THINK HE STILL OUT THEIR.
AND IT WAS NURSE BADBODY. I LOVE DR.SHOCK,DINGBAT,NURSE BADBODY
AND STILL DO I LOVE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THAT NOW DAYS!!
MY NAME IS REXO AND I THINK YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB!!


Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 19:20:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: "David Brant"
Subject: Dr. Shock

Hi, Phil! Great site!

I worked for WDEF when Tommy and Dan did "Dr. Shock" there in
the late 1970's, as a Videotape operator, a Master Control
Operator, and my favorite, as Audio Operator for "Dr. Shock".

We recorded the "wraparounds" that were aired between movie
segments each week on quadruplex videotape. This tape was
re-used each week, so it is doubtful that any of it still
exists. Unless Tommy or someone else dubbed it to U-Matic
videotape, there may be no copies out there. The show ended
several years before home videotape was commonly available.

That part of my TV work is my favorite, not only because we were
making classic TV, but because Tommy and Dan were such fun to
work with. I was at a personal appearance with then at
Eastgate, and people were even asking ME for my autograph!

David Brant
Former Engineering Supervisor - WDEF-AM/FM/TV (1976 - 1980)


From: Skipayers1@aol.com
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 14:27:45 EDT
Subject: I was a Teenage Shock Theater Fan!

Hi,

Great site! Shock and the gang had sort of a cult following at my Jr. High and HS in Boaz, AL back in the day. We seldom missed an episode and goofed on Shock and Dingbat constantly. "Count Floyd" as played by Joe Flaherty on the old SCTV series sort of reminded me of Dr. Shock (just not as funny).

Coincidentally, years later, a young lady worked in our office who remembered Dr. Shock. When she was a little girl, she had lived at the same apartment complex in Ringgold, GA where Tommy Reynolds lived at the time. She said she was really afraid of him because she thought he was really like the Shock character!

Anyway, thanks for the site. Now I can show my sons what I've been laughing about all these years.

Skip Ayers

 


Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 20:26:48 -0600
From: "Greg and Ginger Keeling" <fandral@charter.net>
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock

Great work putting this stuff together! I lived in Cleveland, TN for two
very memory packed years, 1973 and 1974. Great memories of Dr. Shock and
Ding-Bat! My dad would imitate them and we sometimes watched together.
We were watching Brides of Blood that same night!!! My dad and I looked
at each other, and then he said, "Well, that's something you don't see
every night!" Or some such...I remember thinking he handled it pretty
well to be sitting there watching with me and, I think, my younger
brother. We were 13 and 12 respectively and from strong Southern Baptist
Christian background.

Another memory that has stuck with me over the years is of a joke
Ding-Bat told (Dr. Shock was usually the straight man). I do not
remember the set-up, but it was about car problems Ding-Bat was having
or something. After going on about how terrible a time he was having and
what bad shape the car was in, Ding-Bat said, "Yeah, the thermostat
won't therm, the carburetor won't carb, and the pistons won't...(Dr.
Shock goes nuts)...work either!" Ding-Bat took one heck of a beating
from Dr. Shock's ole skull cane for that one! My dad and I were watching
then too, and I thought he would bust a gut laughing! We laughed until
we were both crying!

Thanks for the website. Great job, and I will check back to see if there
is any progress toward locating Mr. Reynolds. He needs to know what
great memories we have of his work and of the lasting contributions he
has made to our culture and lives!

Greg Keeling

 


Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 17:55:50 -0800 (PST)
From: Randy
Subject: Dr. Shock Memories

Hey Phil,

What a great tribute, very much appreciated. I grew up in Collegedale, just outside of Chattanooga, in the 70's. One of the TV freedoms my parents extended to my sisters, visiting friends and I was allowing us to stay up on Saturday night to watch those low-budget movies, hosted by Shock and Dingbat. "Flash, flash, flash. Forecast is high today, low tonight, high tomorrow, with lots of relative humidity!" Gotta love it.
One of the features of that show was that they used the title cut from Black Sabbath as a bumper tune. This was especially of great, forbidden intrigue to me. What great memories.
Thanks for the website,

Randy


From: LBTTOY@aol.com
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 09:01:48 EST
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock

Hello there Dingbat fan. I dont know who told you that Dingbat 'died' in a fire. They were very mistaken.
Dingbat goes out occasionally but really isnt much into socializing. I started hanging with her (yes her) about three years ago. We went camping last summer. It was great. I didnt have any bug bites. Watchout, Dingbat is getting ready to come out when the weather is better. Batsitter


Dr. Shock and Dingbat
December 20, 2006 - 7:37PM
(Taken from WTVC's website)

Throughout the early 1970's, long before Elvira came along, a standard Saturday staple on WTVC was Shock Theatre featuring Dr. Shock and his sidekick, Dingbat.

During commercial breaks, Dr. Shock and Dingbat engaged each other in humorous and foolish repertoire, often about Nurse Goodbody.

The baby boomers among us usually could care less what the movie was. We hung around just to see the commercial breaks, and many Saturday night dates ended in the living room in the company of Dr. Shock and Dingbat.

Dr. Shock was played by then-Program Director Tommy Reynolds. Dingbat was the creation of then-WTVC Artist Dan East. Both moved on to other careers, which ended the reign of Shock Theatre.

But the cry of Dingbat's "FLASH, FLASH, FLASH!" with a breaking tidbit of humorous news.... will never fade from the memories of many long-time WTVC viewers.


From: RedHand205@aol.com
Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2006 22:01:46 EST
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
CC: RedHand205@aol.com

Sir:

I just wanted to say that I THOROUGHLY enjoyed your website. I too grew up in the late 60s & 70s and I remember well sitting up late on Saturday nights, drinking RC Cola & watching Shock Theatre. Here in North Georgia we had the luxury of receiving television broadcasts from Atlanta AND Chattanooga. In fact the Chattanooga stations 'came in' better when the antenna outside was turned just right. In fact, I remember the movie where the native girl lost her top. I'd wondered whatever happened to Dr. Shock & Dingbat. They live in my memory now along with Bob Brandy & Rebel, Miss Marsha in Romper Room, and Officer Don (WSB in Atlanta). Your site is super-nostalgic.

Keep up the good work!


From: "Bob Rothwell" <ustranga@webtv.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 12:00:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock

Hi Phil,
I'm from Decatur. I use to shop at Tape City quite a bit back in the '80's. I talked to you several times. I was a teenager back then and I
didn't think you would remember me.-Bob

http://community.webtv.net/ustranga/SUPERUNUSUALTHEATER


From: "Bob Rothwell" <ustranga@webtv.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 22:00:43 -0400
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock

Hi Phil,
Thanks for putting up my photos.
The mystery puppets are Minnie Squirrel (the one whispering in Dan East's ear),
the rabbit is GPS football team coach Willie Jack Rabbit,
the dog is Roger Mutt the news hound.
The Ding Bat in the photo does appear to be red, but it's the ch 12 era Ding Bat
which was orange with red hair.
Dan made several different Ding Bat puppets the ones used on ch 9 were green with orange hair.-Bob

http://community.webtv.net/ustranga/SUPERUNUSUALTHEATER


Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2006 18:13:00 -0700 (PDT) 
From: "stephen helmes" <drshock111@yahoo.com> 
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock 
To: drwebman@yahoo.com 
Hello.

I'm sorry, but I don't have any videos, pictures or news clips on Dr Shock. I just wanted to tell you that you are not alone on this matter. In fact, that is how I found your web site; looking for anything to do with Shock Theatre. 
I was just a little fellow when it was on the air, but we watched it every Saturday night. It was my grandmother's rule; if me and my brother stayed the weekend with her, we had to watch Shock Theatre.
I loved the show, but I was so young, I only remember one movie (by name) that I saw on it. It was called, "Stanley". It was, like you said, a bad "B" flick about an Indian, nature lover, who's best friend was a rattle snake, named Stanley. He had hundreds of snakes, but Stanley is the only one he'd let run, (or slither) free. 
There were bad guys in this movie trying to damage the forest, or something like that, and our Indian, (Crocodile Hunter of the 70's) took them out one by one, letting Stanley and a few of his other poisonous babies do the work.

Anyway, I won't bore you with the rest of that story. I just wanted to tell you that I admire your site and hope you find more on our forgotten heroes, Nurse Badbody, Dr Shock and the (king of the silver screen) Ding Bat. If I find anymore on this project, I will send it to you. Please do the same for me, OK? My e-mail address is drshock111@yahoo.com NO JUNK MAIL PLEASE. I love hearing from my friends and I'd love to receive some more Dr Shock info, but I'm not into standard jokes and stuff.

By the way; in the later Shock Theatre shows, if I remember right, they took Ding Bat off and replaced him with another puppet. I can't remember what sort of creature it was or it's name. Do you remember that?

Hope to hear from ya. 

Steve


From: "Richard Lee Richter Jr" <revrichter@chartertn.net>
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 10:28:52 -0400

I moved to Tennessee in 1975 as a 12 year old. I loved Shock Theater!
There were actually two dingbats. One was there forever and then all of the
sudden there was a different one. His colors were darker and his features
were close, but different than the original. There was another puppet, too.
His name was the honorable congressman Wilbur J. Ripsnort. He was a mule of
similar size and look to dingbat. I also remember they always talked about "Black Jack Blalock."
I enjoyed your site and just thought I would send you what I remember.

PEACE,
Richard

LIGHTHOUSE: a united methodist fellowship www.thelighthouselife.com


From: "Bob Rothwell" <ustranga@webtv.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 21:41:31 -0400
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock

Hi Phil,
My name is Bob Rothwell and I have been collecting information on Dr. Shock & Ding bat for years. Finding your web site has been a real treat for me as I have been thinking about starting my own Dr. Shock web site for quite some time. I have the newspaper article you mentioned as well as a photo I got from Dr. Shock at a public appearance. I also have several newspaper clippings and a tee shirt design I made. I will be happy to send you photocopies of everything I have. I have also complied an extensive but only partially complete list of all the films shown on shock theater. and their dates of transmission. I wrote an article On Chattanooga area horror hosts that was published in the 1997 monster memories Scary Monsters yearbook. I'm sorry I don't have any extra copies of that or I would send you one But I can send you a photocopy of the article if you want. You might also be interested to know that I have been trying to start a horror host show in this area for quite some time. I did a pilot episode which aired on WTNB tv in Cleveland in Oct. 2000. Below is a link to my web site. I've really enjoyed looking at your site and I look forward to hearing from you.-Bob Rothwell

http://community.webtv.net/ustranga/SUPERUNUSUALTHEATER


From: "Lisa Chisholm" <tnweasel@comcast.net>
Subject: Dr. Shock!!
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 16:15:43 +0000
My sister and I were laughing this morning about Dr. Shock....we love to reminisce about the 'old' way of doing things....Dr. Shock was one of our favorites...our favorite scary movie on Shock Theater was definitely Gargoyles...I looked for that earlier today too and it seems that copies are selling for a small fortune!! cult classic I suppose...my favorite Dingbat moments were when Dr. Shock would whack him with his stick and knock Dingbat off the pole!! I wish my girls could see those old programs...technology isn't always so great.

FYI....my sister and I also talk about Google?? I think it is...peanut butter spread that no one but us seems to remember...Google was a big red dot shaped guy with yellow legs and arms and had eyes all around his head...to the best of my memory...

thanks for the memories!!

--
Lisa Chisholm
629 St Marys Ave Monroe, MI 48162


Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 09:52:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Dr. Shock!!
To: "Lisa Chisholm" <tnweasel@comcast.net>
Hi Lisa,

I'll put your email on my site.

Is this "him"???


KOOGLE.

Thanks for writing.

(How / Why did you get in MI??)

Phil


In 1970
Koogle Spread
was launched.


From: "Lisa Chisholm" <tnweasel@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: Dr. Shock!!
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 18:04:07 +0000

that's him...though I have to say my memory when I was a child is a little different...I guess that's age for you. Michigan....my husband is from Ohio...I am originally from Tracy City...in Grundy County...about fifty miles west of Chattanooga...over Monteagle Mountain...anyway...I finished college in Chattanooga...taught for a while at Brainerd High School and at Whitwell High School and my husband decided he was ready to come 'home'. So here we are ...been here for several years and LOVE it. It's cold where we are and we get FEET of snow every winter. We are about forty miles south of Detroit. This area is very rural...lots of farms....and a great place to raise our girls. Our son still lives in the South...Ft. Benning, Georgia as a matter of fact. He came home from Iraq in late February. There are definitely some Southern things I miss....sweet tea, banana popsicles, Sundrop, McKay's bookstore in Chattanooga, ...I am a nostalgia nut. I have been looking for some time for toys we used to play with as kids.....My brother John and I had been at this for about the last two years....to my neverending grief...John was killed in early March of this year...he was murdered by a drunk driver in Manchester, Tennessee....please, forgive my moment of soap box...but not only was the driver more than three times the legal limit drunk, he was also an illegal immigrant from Mexico.....the list of wrongs committed by this man go on forever it seems....at any rate, now that I have worked through some of my grief, I am once again on the quest that John and I began....and it's fun, though a little sad, to remember. thanks for making me smile today...keep in touch...it's always nice to hear from people at home.

--
Lisa Chisholm
629 St Marys Ave Monroe, MI 48162
734.243.1788


From: "Michael Williams" <Michael.Williams@pattersondental.com> 
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock 
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 16:27:42 -0500 

Phil,
Has no one found Tom Reynolds as of today?
Thanks for your website.
I have for years told my kids of Dr. Shock. I constantly use the internet for everything and it never hit me to search Dr. Shock. I figured I was the only person that cared. It appears via several websites, I am not.

Mike Williams

Patterson Dental Office Design and Equipment
Nashville, TN
615-417-1926


From: Hobbesd1@aol.com Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 18:07:07 EDT
Subject: Re: dingbat

Yes I like to do things for Halloween and last year I wanted to do Dr. Shock because like you I was a big fan when I was a kid , and I couldnt find any one to make the puppet . So one night when I was searching the web I came across this ladies web sight who does this kind of thing and I contacted her and she did it . O by the way great web site. I have done some trying to track down the original puppet but with no luck . There were several of them that Mr East made .There was a great story in the new free press weekend edition back in 76 or 77 i cant remember which. A guy that i work with and I tried all one night to track down Mr Reynolds also and either couldnt find him or could not get him to tell us that he was in fact the guy who played Shock . DeleteReplyForwardSpamMove...


From: "Ritchie Quick" <quick6900@comcast.net> 
Subject: Email from drwebman.com/dr_shock 
Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 14:24:13 -0400 

Hi Phil. I also remember Shock Theater with affection as a part of my childhood. My cousins would "spend the night" on the weekends and we'd stay up watching Shock Theater together. Back then you had to pop your popcorn on the stove, and i associate that memory with staying up watching Dr. Shock and Dingbat. A website of popculture says that Tommy Reynolds went back to his home town of Hunstsville and went to work for station WHNT -TV 19. Do you remember some other puppets they added toward the end of the show? a female Dingbat and a corrupt southern politician, was it Congressman Wilbur Ripsnort? I think that was it. Nice to know my cousins and i aren't they only one who remembers. 
Regards.
Rithcie Quick

___________________________________________________________________________

Date: Wed, 03 May 2006 10:18:13 -0400 
From: paoguy118@aol.com 
Subject: Dr.Shock 

Gosh, I loved that show! Nobody in Chattanooga was sacred. They even busted on Tennessee Temple, a local fundamentalist Baptist college, and its founder Lee Roberson.
My Dad went to school there at the time and the folks there were so outraged when Dingbat said that "practice for the Tennessee Temple streaking team had been called off." I laughed until I cried.
It was tough because I only got to watch the show if I assured my parents that I could watch it without falling asleep in church the next day. You can be sure I kept my eyes open.

Thanks.

--Lee
Tikrit,Iraq


From: "John Daugherty" <tjohn@wingnet.net>
Subject: Re: Dr Shock & Dingbat
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 04:58:05 -0500

I surfed around, but all I could find was the same photo you already have. Some of the sites say Nurse Goodbody, some say Nurse Badbody. I believe it was Badbody (in parody of Hee Haw's Nurse Goodbody).
Yes, the song played.
I went to the station one night with some friends one summer and watched them broadcast Shock Theater in '71 or '72, seated in an observation booth behind glass (my memory is vague. I can recall seeing the main camera room they used, and was surprised to see that the set for the news was made of painted plywood).
I remember the banana man well, his act was always the same, I wonder if it was a video they made and showed over and over. I always liked it when he linked all the boxes and sat in the first one and it moved out like a train.

 



Item: SHOCK THEATER, Dr. Shock and Dingbat from Chattanooga (7581734437) 


Hello, 
I don't know if there's really anything to it, but I thought I'd let you know of a post made over a year ago on a message board called Pulp Culture. The subject is Dingbat/Shock Theatre. The web page address is http://home.hiwaay.net/~tfharris/pulpculture/advmessage/horror/11.shtml  Like I said, there's probably nothing to it, but I thought I'd pass it along, just in case. Please, let me know if you ever find anything on Shock Theater. I remember it fondly from when I was a kid and my family would go for weekend visits to my grandparents in Ft. Payne, Alabama. 
Thanks, 
Colin Garrett 
1626 South Union Ave. 
Ozark, AL 36360 


http://home.hiwaay.net/~tfharris/pulpculture/advmessage/horror/11.shtml

Subject: DINGBAT/SHOCK THEATRE

Posted by the batsitter
On Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 15:03:33

Message:
I HAVE DINGBAT! HE IS BEING HELD WITHOUT HIS PERMISSION. HE WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO SEE HIM. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW OF A PLACE (SITE) TO POST PICTURES OF HIS HOBBIES AND TRAVELS. 
THE BATSITTER (antiquejhawk@aol.com)


My friend, John Daugherty emailed me:

......... I went to the station one night with some friends one summer and watched them broadcast Shock Theater in '71 or '72, seated in an observation booth behind glass (my memory is vague. I can recall seeing the main camera room they used, and was surprised to see that the set for the news was made of painted plywood).


Date:Tue, 03 Jan 2006 09:55:16 -0500
From:"Richard Simms" <Richard@ChooChooFishing.com>
Subject:Re: FW: DINGBAT

Mr. Lea:

It is my understanding that the Dingbat puppet was in the possession of the 
original puppeteer (now deceased) when it was destroyed in a house fire.

There is no video available of the program that I'm aware of it. 

It was produced before that days when TV stations regularly recorded their programs.

Richard Simms
WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9


Subject: Re: "About Us" link
From:claire.aiello@whnt19.com 
Date:Wed, 4 Jan 2006 11:49:02 -0600

Phil,

Thank you for the article. Wild!

I asked around, and Tom Reynolds is retired. I've been here for 5 years, so he's been retired at least that long.

That's all I know...

Claire K. Aiello
Internet Content Manager, WHNT
www.whnt.com
(256) 535-9241
claire.aiello@whnt.com


From: "Greg Hood" <hoodwink@hotmail.com> 
Subject: Re: Dr Shock 
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 19:28:16 -0600 

Hi Phil! Great page, I love your story about the topless scene, lol. I also find it interesting and sad that the voice and creator of DingBat has passed away. DingBat "died" in a house fire?!? Darn, that is very unfortunate. If it's possible to find Tommy for an autograph, or better yet a video-taped interview, that would be great! I will see what I can do also to track him down. If you don't mind, please send all future emails to greghood@gmail.com that is my primary address. Hope to hear from you soon!

-Greg