Flashback Weekend was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. While I won't have fun there this year, I recall some of the great folks I have met there in the past.. One of the most popular celebrity guests is always Svengoolie (aka Rich Koz).
Rich has been entertaining fans for 40+ years. While at Northwestern University, Rich sent some tapes to Jerry Bishop, the original Svengoolie. Bishop used the material and invited Rich to be on his show. When he retired, Bishop allowed Rich to take the Svengoolie name. Over the years, Rich's show has been on a few stations under different titles.
Rich is one of the hardest working and nicest people I have ever met. Despite making many appearances over the years, Rich/Sven remains one of the most sought-after celebrities. I once saw people drive from St. Louis, just to meet Sven.
I have seen Rich at many appearances. He is tireless in his efforts to make it a fun time for all. He is one of the best celebrity guests I have ever seen.
More importantly, I am proud to call Rich a friend. It is surreal talking to him as a friend, after watching him on television since my teens.
Svengoolie will be at Flashback Weekend this weekend. Many other great celebs will be there, too. All of this adds up to a weekend of fun. I never miss Flashback Weekend and I am really looking forward to this one. After a lengthy stretch of being quarantined and having all events postponed, it will be wonderful to be back on the convention scene.
Go to Svengoolie.com to learn more about this legend. Also. check FlashbackWeekend.com for info and updates on the convention.
Svengoolie and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2018.