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Big Chuck!: My Favorite Stories from 47 Years on Cleveland TV Paperback – October 13, 2009
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A trip down memory lane for the Cleveland TV star’s many fans. The book reads like Big Chuck is right there talking to you over a couple of Manners’ Big Boys. (Steve Wiandt Hudson Hub-Times 2008-12-14)
Reading the book is an entertaining journey as Chuck takes you with him from the beginning to where he is at now. There are plenty of laughs along the way with cast, crew, celebrities and every day life. (Helen Marketti Lifestyle Magazine 2009-02-01)
If you were a Clevelander and it was a late Friday night, there was only one show to watch. Schodowski was bigger than Johnny Carson and made white socks and pink flamingoes larger than life. Peyton Place became Parma Place. Ben Casey became Ben Crazy. And all of Cleveland was along for the wild ride. Memories of the show live on in the book . . . It’s as entertaining as the shows were. (Barry Goodrich Currents 2010-02-01)
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His recollections - co-written by Tom Feran - are a wonderful romp through an era of Cleveland television (Channel 8, WJW) when a premium was placed on original programing. Schodowski was a station engineer who dabbled in creating skits for the popular Ghoulardi show; which featured Anderson as the incredibly outrageous host of a B-movie, typically in the horror or Sci-Fi genres.
Anderson left WJW in 1966 and Wells - a station weatherman - successfully auditioned to take the late-night slot for a new show. Schodowski, who had assisted "Hoolihan" with his pitch to station management, had hoped to continue writing for the program. But management wanted a co-host, so the Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show was launched. Schodowski thought he would have a co-hosting run of around 13 weeks. Was he ever wrong.
Recurring sketches like "Guitarzan," "Ben Crazy," "Rowdy the Wonder Dog" and "Readings By Robert" - with a B-movie also in the mix - made the show a hit, which continued after Hoolihan left in 1979 and was replaced by Rinaldi, a Cleveland businessman who had appeared in some of the sketches on Hoolihan and Big Chuck.
Schodowski has hilarious tidbits on how Rinaldi initially got involved with the show - one key element was "Lil'" John's height (4-foot, 3-inches) - and the unique "map" used by the station's celebrity softball team to find the locations for the summertime charity events.Read more ›
This is a fun book to read - brings back a lot of memories. I'm really glad he wrote this - there is some special stuff here. Couple this with Linn Sheldon's "Barnaby and Me," and you cover a huge block of childhood.
The fact that I discovered an autograph on the inside only made this book that much more special.
The editing might have been a bit better, but overall the biography was fun, witty, and a real joy to read. For those who enjoyed Big Chuck and Hoolie and Ghoulardi and Lil John, this book is the tops. For those who never had the pleasure to experience the shows in real time, this book will make you wish you lived in Cleveland, at least on Friday nights!
It was great to be reminded of some of the skits and stories from "Big Chuck" himself.
If you remember the show, get the book, you won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is in very good condition, as it was purchased used. It is a gift for my husband, who is currently reading it, and he is enjoying it even more because he had the pleasure... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Deborah Creter
Reading this brought back floods of nostalgic memories, making me realize how lucky and privileged I was to have grown up in Cleveland in the 1960s. There. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Sorohan
loved it ....grew up watching him on tv and after reading the book I found out hes "big" chuck in more ways than one....I didn't know he knew so many famous people...... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ENJOYED READING THIS TRUE STORY; MY FRIEND GREW UP IN CLEVELAND AND TOLD ME ABOUT HOOLIHAN AND BIG CHUCK. THEIR VIDEOS ARE STILL ON YOU TUBE AND HOOLIHAN LIVES IN CLEARWATER NOW.Published 6 months ago by Julie Jordon
As someone who grew up with Big Chuck and most of the other people in the book, including Hoolihan, Lil' John, and Dick Goddard being part of my daily background TV scenery, I... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Privacy, Please
I left the Cleveland area over 40 years ago. Big Chuck brought me back (figuratively) fifteen minutes into the book. Now I have to go and order some DVDs of the skits. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Akilano
great read. remember most of those early days like yesterday. someone who managed to fill the oversized shoes of ghoulardi.Published 14 months ago by Jeffry D. Danchisen
In the sixties, seventies and eighties, Cleveland was the midwestern capital of local TV hosts; Ghoulardi, The Ghoul, Hoolihan & Big Chuck, Big Chuck & Little John, Superhost, Gene... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rock N Roll Casey