Indiana has lost two Hoosier legends
Monday, July 08, 2013 10:00 PM
They were not men who won wars. They weren't known as sports world champions. Neither discovered a miracle cure for a dreaded disease. But in the recent past, Hoosiers have lost a couple of well-known and much-loved individuals.
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Sammy Terry passed away a week ago Sunday. He was 83. Just about a month before, on May 19, Curley Myers did as well at age 93.
Weekend TV in heaven just got a lot better.
For those too young to remember, Sammy Terry frightened little children, and some not so little, on Friday nights with his Nightmare Theater on Channel 4. Sammy was the white-faced ghoul of a host and his horror movies often starred the likes of Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing and others. Kids would stay up late on Fridays to tune in with Sammy and his spider sidekick George. We'd, uh, I mean, they would turn around and get up early on Saturdays to turn on Harlow Hickenlooper and Curley Myers as they hosted Three Stooges movies and clips. It was a wonderful time to be a kid.
I talked with old friend Hal Fryar shortly after Curley passed away. Most know Hal better as Harlow Hickenlooper.
"Curley was one of the most underrated talents I ever worked with," Hal said from Bradenton, Fla., his new home after moving from Franklin not too long ago. "He was a fine singer and a fine musician."
Besides being the Saturday singing cowboy on WFBM with Harlow, the ole Buckaroo Buddy lived a full life with music. He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1938 but was singing from the age of 8 on. He belonged to many bands, including the Hoosier Ramblers and Cap'n Stubby and the Buccaneers.
Music connected Curley and Sammy.
Sammy Terry, who's real name was Bob Carter, owned Family Music Center on Shadeland Avenue on Indianapolis' northeast side. Sammy was on Channel 4 from 1962 to 1989. Curley was on Channel 6 with Harlow from 1965 to 1973, as well as a lot of other places including WLW, WLFI and others.
As for Hal, he just celebrated his 86th birthday on June 8.
"I really do feel blessed because while I have all the aches and pains all old people have, I am in pretty good shape."
Here's hoping he stays that way for a long time to come. As for Sammy and Curley, thank you for the memories, the songs and the frights.