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Jeff Garretson - July 29, 2016 1:03 pm

KKOA President Jerry Titus (left) and Butch Patrick talk hotrods on KSAL Friday

He still loves driving the ‘Drag-u-la’ and talking about street rods with car fans everywhere – Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster is in Salina for the 36th Annual Leadsled Spectacular.

Patrick tells KSAL News that he was living in Illinois with a couple of TV show credits to his name when Hollywood called the 7-year-old again in 1964. Producers wanted him to try out for a new family show called “The Munsters.”

“The real fixer was they had hired a kid named Happy Derman and he wasn’t so happy,” Patrick said.

A screentest proved Patrick was the perfect fit as Eddie Munster to round out the cast for the TV series that ran for two years Thursday nights at 7:30 on CBS.

Patrick says he enjoys connecting with fans from across a fifty year span.

“There’s not a lot of shows that three generations can all watch together for wholesome entertainment,” he said.

“Herman kept a job, Lily took care of the house and Grandpa was in the dungeon whipping up something with Igor.”

Patrick added, “The bottom line is we were a very loving family and we had good family values – which holds up well today.”

Friday night many of the Leadsled participants will drag race at the East Crawford Recreation Area.

Saturday night there is a “One Night With Elvis” concert at the Stiefel Theatre, featuring featuring tributes to both Elvis and Roy Orbison.

Erin Murphy, who starred as Tabitha in “Bewitched” will also be appearing with Patrick – who will showing off a couple of custom cars, “Munster Coach”, and the “Drag-u-la” coffin racer.

The 2016 Leadsled Spectacular runs through Sunday in Oakdale Park.

Doug Clemens

July 30, 2016 at 7:46 am

This show is a thousand times better than the river festival. Something for everyone here and the cars are just fantastic. The only down point this year was the hot rod auction at the Salina Auto Auction which was totally mishandled by that business. The paper said it was free and when you got their they hit you up for a watching fee of ten bucks. Plus if you wanted to buy they hit you up for 25 bucks and 500 bucks and if you purchased nothing held your money for a week. Then they told you that you had to register on line that ended the day before. WOW….. Hopefully next year Salina Auto Auction is not a part of the program and they find another auction to take care of something that can be a big plus to selling hot rods and parts. Other than this great show and having it here even better.

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