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January 12, 2013


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Thanks a million for this, which I didn't catch in the PD today (decimated that Saturday crossword though). I'm a son of Cleveland far too young to have encountered Ghoulardi, and it's fantastic to read about the influence on Jarmusch and Pere Ubu, my local culture heroes. I also had NO FRIGGIN' IDEA about the PT Anderson connection.


While I knew that Ernie had fathered P.T. relatively late in life, I was never aware of the full extent of his familial/matrimonial and professional activities. I wonder if the son will ever give the father the 'Ed Wood' treatment?

(I also believe the attempted prison breakout by Christopher Nolan's older brother would be ideal material for Nolan, but I digress...)

Will Pfeifer

Now all I can think about is a Ghoulardi biopic by his son, set in the midst of 1960s Cleveland.... I was too young for Ghoulardi, but I grew up devoting my Friday nights to Big Chuck and Houlihan (and later, Little John). Those guys and the movies they showed (especially Corman's "Little Shop of Horrors") warped my mind permanently -- and I'll never be able to thank them enough for it.


If you haven't already seen it, there's a fun one-hour documentary/appreciation of Ghoulardi called "Turn Blue," which is now on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7TcPI-vCDI

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