By Lawrence Journal-World |

Butch Patrick from ‘The Munsters’ to meet fans at Massachusetts Street toy shop

A CBS publicity photo shows the cast of "The Munsters." From left are Butch Patrick (Eddie), Beverly Owen (Marilyn), Yvonne DeCarlo (Lilly) and Fred Gwynne (Herman). Standing behind is Al Lewis (Grandpa).

Having borrowed the home address of “The Munsters” for the name of his toy shop, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, owner Terry Taylor thought he was being pranked when a Munster’s manager called him about hosting a signing event at his store.

“If there is a store named after ‘The Munsters,’ having a Munster in the store… It doesn’t get much more awesome,” Taylor said.

Fans of the 1960s sitcom “The Munsters” will have the chance to meet one of the frightening yet lovable monsters on June 18. Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster, a boy werewolf who slept in a chest of drawers, will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at 1313 Mockingbird Lane (the name of the shop, not the address) from 4 to 7 p.m. Autographs will cost $20 for one and $30 for two. Pictures with Patrick are free. Taylor said he would also be selling merchandise from “The Munsters” for Patrick to sign. Taylor’s store is at 1021 1/4 Massachusetts St.

photo by: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

In this Aug. 3, 2010, file photo, Butch Patrick, who played boy werewolf Eddie Munster in the 1960s sitcom “The Munsters” is shown in West Chester, Pa.

Despite growing up two decades after the show ended, Taylor said he watched hundreds of reruns of “The Munsters.” He could quote entire episodes before the show came out on DVD.

“I just gravitated towards (the monsters),” Taylor said. “I always felt like the show had a really good positive message of acceptance and equality.”

The family sitcom starring a monster family originally aired in 1964. Within the family, the conventionally beautiful character Marilyn is regarded as pitifully unattractive compared with the “beauty” of the monsters.

Patrick, 65, said the show’s theme of not judging a book, or monster, by its cover tapped into the time period’s social upheaval and changing values.

“Visuals aren’t everything,” Patrick said. “The Munsters turned out to be lovable, very-likable people, but when people first saw them they would get scared and run away.”

Patrick enjoys traveling the country to meet fans at events such as his upcoming appearance in Lawrence. He said it’s common for him to meet fans like Taylor who grew up decades after the show’s final episode aired.

“You’re part of an extended family you never knew,” Patrick said.

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