First of all, LOVE THE SITE. I stumbled on it, really, by accident (revisiting my THE WIZ trauma) and it's fascinating, entertaining, and creepy. Maybe I can say that it's therapeutic, too. Being born in 1974, it's nice to know that the Sleestaks didn't just give ME nightmares!
I was reading over the site, and I was shocked to see that some early traumas from my childhood were missing. Namely, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY. Yeah, I loved that show. It seemed to plug right into the 7-or-8-year-old just coming off of SESAME STREET psyche. I was privy to the reruns that seemed to be on TV everyday from about '77-'83. Always great stuff. Entertaining, informative, funny as hell, and then there's DRACULA.
Yeah–a young Morgan Freeman dressed as the Prince of Darkness did a number on me. It was tough to watch–and you never knew WHEN he was gonna pop up and freak you out. I mean, how could they NOT totally be freaking us out with something like this:
I am 37 years old, and this STILL gives me the willies. I'm cool with Dark Knight and March Of the Penguins, but somewhere in the back of my head, I'm waiting to start running from this guy!
ALSO, maybe it was a vampire thing, but I sincerely believe I was damaged by some of the 'scary' Tom Lerher songs on THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, notably THIS ONE:
Is it the "Time For Timer"-like character singing lead or maybe the standup piano? No, I think it's DRACULA appearing at the end in a dark room, ready to pounce on me. Yeah. That was creepy.
First of many…thanks for the site. It's awesome!