Halloween • Disc-O-Teen • Alex Chilton • The Letter • 1967
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|ZACH IS BACK! |
When Ghouls and Goblins and Creatures of the Night appear, rest assured that Zacherley is near!
Enter his world for some fun and a thrill, but do so carefully and of your own free will!
Happy Birthday, Zacherley!!
Many of the "Disc-O-Teen" kids went on to lead interesting lives. According to Semon-Krauss, one manages ex-Beatle Pete Best and another married a member of the British rock band Procol Harum. Richard Scrivani of Bergenfield wrote a memoir titled "Good Night, Whatever You Are! My Journey With Zacherley, the Cool Ghoul," which was published by Dynoship in 2006.
In 1970, Domaniecki won the regional "Miss American Vampire" contest held at Palisades Amusement Park to promote "House of Dark Shadows" (the first of two movies based on the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"). All regional winners were flown to Los Angeles for the final competition on Regis Philbin's show there.
According to Domaniecki, she and a fellow finalist, Sacheen Littlefeather, were paired up as hotel roommates during the "Miss American Vampire" finals. Littlefeather won the contest; three years later, she made headlines for rejecting an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando over a standoff between authorities and activists at Wounded Knee, S.D.
According to Joe LoRe, former cameraman for "Disc-O-Teen," the show was canceled when Channel 47 switched to a Spanish-language format.
As for the time Jim Morrison stumbled around the "Disc-O-Teen" dance floor, many former dancers recall that Zacherle conducted a bizarre interview with the Doors singer (who died at age 27 in 1971).
One witness was Marsha Silvestri of Jersey City.
"We assumed they (The Doors) were stoned," Silvestri says. "They were very spaced-out, especially Jim Morrison. Zach tried to interview him, and he hardly said a word. A lot of the kids thought it was strange."
"I don't remember that," Zacherle says with a laugh, "but everybody who was there tells me it happened that way, so it must be true. I just remember Jim Morrison walking by me in the middle of a dance. He said to me, "This is the damned-est show I ever saw in my life.' "
Zacherley Remembers 'Disc-o-Teen'!