There’s something about our FAN OF THE WEEK, TIM CALDWELL. Today, he tells us his story about how Mr. Lobo got him started in the hosting biz without even knowing it…
“I’ve always loved movies. Probably because I was born during a broadcast of the movie Yellow Submarine. Most of my happiest memories growing up involved going to the old Ferguson Hills Drive-In or the Mount Healthy Drive-in (Both were in Cincinnati, Ohio). My mom tells me that I used to make her read all of the credits in the movies and tv shows that were on tv. In fact, that’s how I learned to read because she got tired of reading every credit that she told me to. Even at a very young age, while most of my friends were watching the new shows and movies, I was watching films by The Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the new stuff too. But when any movie was on, I would definitely watch it.
Growing up, my tastes in film varied even more. I was probably the only 13 year old watching documentaries. But the one thing I’ve stayed away from was films in the Public Domain. (Although cartoons were ok.) I just refused to believe that anything good could be in the Public Domain.
I started collecting movies at 18. Although I was buying VHS since I could get money, I consider Beta to be my first real collection. I now have over 3000 movies on VHS, Beta, Laserdisc, DVD, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD and CED. I only buy movies when I’m not dating anyone.
Which explains the large collection.
I got married in 2004. My son was born on Valentine’s Day in 2005 and 2 months later, my wife and I separated. When I left, I took my son. I never thought I’d be a single dad. But that’s what happened. I would be lying if I said it was easy. But of course, parenting is never easy.
One night he was being particularly fussy, so I turned the TV on hoping that he would calm down or that I can zone out. lol We turned it to WBQC 25 (A local station that had a mix of America One and UATV programming) I found IVONNA CADAVER’s show MACABRE THEATER and started watching. My son Cameron was still fussy. Suddenly, the opening to CINEMA INSOMNIA started playing and he got quiet. He was watching the show! I forgot the episode but he sat there and watched the whole thing with me. The next week, we watched it again and the next week. I remember one time, I said, “MR. LOBO is ready to come on” and he sat up and started clapping. It was a real father son bonding moment. We watched it for more than a year until one day, Ch 25 didn’t play it. (I found out years later that it was because UATV folded.)
But there was an episode where I heard MR. LOBO talking about the Public Domain and how wonderful it was. And not only that but it’s ours to do whatever we wanted. He mentioned that the movie on that night was PD. And that got me thinking. This movie playing is PD and I’m enjoying it. So all PD can’t be bad. So I started buying PD movies. And sure enough, I found some really good movies.
Not just horror but other genres as well.
In 2008, I was really missing CINEMA INSOMNIA. Didn’t have the internet yet so I couldn’t check up on what was happening with the show. And every time I described the show to people, they would just give me a blank stare. By that time, my PD collection was up to 50 dvds and I figured I would get me a Public Access tv show. But I didn’t want to copy Mr Lobo. I realized that if I want to be satisfied with the show, it has to be me on the show. Where I give out trivia of the movie, do sketch comedy that I would enjoy, etc. But I would make sure to tell everyone that my show was mainly inspired by CINEMA INSOMNIA. Because if MR. LOBO didn’t speak about Public Domain with the passion he showed in that episode, I probably wouldn’t do my show now.
Now, I have over 80 episodes of my show and a PD collection of over 500 titles. And now that my son is 10 years old, he’s enjoying CINEMA INSOMNIA with me on a different level. (Although, he does say Mr Lobo’s show is better than mine. I think I liked him better when he was 3 months old) lol”
Included are pics are from Tim’s TV show SOMETHIN’ SUAVE’ Theater. One where he was drunk and singing to the bad xmas tree. Tim as as Ted The Sted. (Spelled right) Tim and Cam co-hosting an ep when he was 4. And the last one is Tim in the Ocho Cinco sketch. Which is a parody of Mexican Wrestling films. Tim has been tapped as a researcher and contributor for Mr. Lobo’s new Channel OUTER SPACE INTERNATIONAL that is scheduled to launch in the fall!
Thank you, TIM CALDWELL, valued Sleepless Knight, for ALL of your support, for MR. LOBO and CINEMA INSOMNIA, and for watching all those Misunderstood Movies! Here is your FAN OF THE WEEK certificate that you can download, print, share and enjoy. Congratulations, SIR TIM CALDWELL – SLEEPLESS KNIGHT OF THE WEEK–May 29th through June 4th, 2015.You now stand alongside your “FAN OF THE WEEK” siblings and like them, you are eligible to become the FAN OF THE YEAR or receive the prize package that will include a framed certificate, official Lobo Necktie, Lobo Badge and other goodies. Knights, welcome TIM to the elite inner circle of SUPREME SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS. If you or someone you know deserves this honor send your fan story and pictures to [email protected]