posted on Jan, 15 2011 @ 04:37 AM
I was checking up on emails and FaceBook when I noticed a message from my cousin posted about 10 hours ago on the passing of Barry Hobart, better
known as Dr. Creep
at the age of 68.
Dr. Creep, as I always had to call him in public, was just a local celebrity in the grand scheme of things but as both mentor and friend, he was far
more to me. I had a fascination with this character at an early age and was honestly more excited about meeting him in person than I was with Adam
West dressed as Batman in my childhood in the 70's. Proof of such is that I still have that original autograph that he gave me as a child (Adam
West's autographed glossy is long since gone) and I even used a scan of it for my avatar last Halloween as seen below.
Barry, as I later came to know him, was there throughout my teenage years, were we would often run into each other at various public functions such as
parades, festivals and obviously Halloween related events. It was amazing to me that he would come to different plays (and kept track of my other
acting performances). We talked at length about public presentation, perception and working a crowd. We also talked at length the differences between
a live crowd versus recorded medium.
Now I will make no pretenses that either of us were great undiscovered thespians that the whole of the world missed out upon. Nor that I am
particularly entertaining, even on the various ATS Live Shows. But one of the lessons was that you have to find fulfillment in what you are doing.
Something that I have taken to heart on numerous occasions which does include my participation on ATS.
The last time that Dr. Creep and I spoke to one another was around Halloween of 2002, which was a particularly low time in my life. Seeing him again,
working a table outside of Foy's in Fairborn was great and sad at the same time as it took him a while to remember me after all the years that had
passed. Physically, his health wasn't that great back then despite still working and still playing the crowd. The years had taken their toll on such
a giving man that deferred years of pay and royalties to charity. In fact, Shock Theater was pretty much a self-funded venture even past the early
days, despite the ratings and public admiration for the character.
And while I am sure his headstone won't have it, it would only be fitting if the epitaph was to include "He Was A Sickie" I know that it would give
Barry a warm smile that his life's work was remembered in such a way.