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Two Munsters' actors to celebrate show's 50th anniversary in E'town

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By Becca Owsley

If you’ve ever wanted a close encounter with members of the Munster family, you soon may have a chance.

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To celebrate 50 years of “The Munsters” original TV series, Butch Patrick (Eddie) and Pat Priest (one of the actresses to play Marilyn) are special guests at The Night Risers Film Festival and Expo on Sept. 27-28 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

“The Munsters” was a television series that ran from 1964 to 1966 on CBS.

One of the event organizers, John Thompsett, met Patrick and Priest last year at an event in Cincinnati. He introduced himself and told them about the Elizabethtown event. After telling them the Night Risers event benefits many charities, they gave him their cards for future contact.

He met Patrick again later that year when he was at the U.S.S. Nightmare in Cincinnati. Patrick was signing autographs and they spoke again about the possibility of coming to the festival.

After watching programs about The Beatles’ 50th anniversary in February, Thompsett got the idea of finding out if “The Munsters” had an anniversary coming up.

“Sure enough, ‘The Munsters’ debuted Sept. 24, 1964,” he said. “The proverbial light bulb went off.”

He decided to time his festival around the golden anniversary of the black-and-white monster-themed comedy.

Thompsett starting making contact with Patrick and Priest and really didn’t know what to expect. He was a little concerned because there was a big event in Los Angeles during that time but Patrick told him he would come to Elizabethtown instead. Even though Priest makes limited appearances, she decided to come because the event is designed to give back to the community, Thompsett said.

“In fact, she will only be making three appearances this year and Night Risers is one of them,” he said.

They will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

“For the fans, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity because 50th anniversaries of any kind are big milestones, especially in American television,” he said.

They may never get another chance to see someone from a show they grew up watching, Thompsett said.

Patrick also will ride in the Munster Monster Motorcycle Ride which benefits Operation Resilient Warrior, an organization that helps veterans get benefits after leaving the military, he said.

Tickets to get into the festival are $8-$15 for adults and $4-$5 for children.

For information, go to www.lzzyslittlecreepers.com or find the Night Risers event page on Facebook.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.