Ernie Anderson (I)
Ernie Anderson was born Nov. 12, 1923 in Lynn, Massachusetts. He began working in radio at Burlington, Vermont's WSKI-AM in 1946. He met Tim Conway at WHK-AM in Cleveland and began writing with him. They were hired by Cleveland's WJW-TV in 1961 where they created "Ernie's Place", a daytime show of movies and comedy sketches. He created the beatnik character "Ghoulardi" for himself, wearing a lab coat, fright wig, fake goatee beard and mustache and became popular introducing WJW-TV's Friday night horror movie show "Shock Theater" (1963). Rose Marie, best known as "Sally" on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961), recommended him to Steve Allen who recruited him for his own show. He had many run-ins with his management in Cleveland and moved to California full time in 1966. He appeared in two episodes of Conway's TV series, "Rango" (1967) in 1967 and then formed a comedy act with his old friend. More television followed and, in 1970, he revived the "Ghoulardi" character for the Cleveland TV station, WBMX-TV. He was hired as "the voice of ABC" in the late '70s where he continued to work well into the '80s. He died of cancer on 6 February 1997.