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|Eddie Munster Makes Brief Stop In Galesburg
|A child star from the 1960's hit sitcom The Munsters graced fans at Galesburg's Amtrak Depot for only minutes during his Whistle Stop Halloween Tour Tuesday afternoon.
Butch Patrick is possibly better known for his pointy ears, werewolf persona, and full head of hair during his role as Eddie Munster. But over a dozen fans recognized him only as Butch as he quickly signed autographs and posed for photos during the California Zephyr's scheduled stop in Galesburg.
He tells WGIL the tour is for his fans, and by Amtrak because he recently had prostate surgery.
"I had some surgery so I can't fly, and I had these bookings six months ago and decided to go cross country on the train to fulfill my obligations and the more we started doing this the more it became a whistle stop tour situation," Patrick said. "I used to live in Geneseo, Illinois, so this is a homecoming for me."
Patrick's stop in Galesburg was the midway point of his 58 city-31 day tour from L.A. to Orlando by train. He says "Spooky World" awaits him in Orlando.
Around 20 fans rushed up and down the 2nd platform at the Amtrak Depot during the noon hour Tuesday, frantically searching for the rail car Patrick occupied.
Patrick stayed on the train, but was identified by fans, media, and police when he stuck his head out towards a front car window and waved everyone over.
(TOP to BOTTOM: Butch Patrick signing a quick autograph; Even those on the job were excited to see "Eddie Munster;" Galesburg resident Marty Settles showing off his signed "The Munsters" DVD; WGIL News Story and Photos by Kyle Schassburger)
|10 05 11 by Newsroom
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