TACOMA, Wash. — The man playing the Munsters pinball game at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show just happens to be a member of the family. Butch Patrick starred as Eddie Munster in the top-rated 60's TV show when he was just 11 years old.
It was a monster hit.
"Because of the three channels, no internet, no cable, no distractions, this was the entertainment for the evening," says Patrick.
His fondest memories from the set were actually the scenes filmed off-set.
"Whenever the cars were used was my favorite time because two things: Number one, I'm a kid, and it's a car. And it got us outside. They never shot the cars inside because of the fumes. So being outside in the daylight was a treat, because we had a very dark and dingy soundstage."
The show only lasted two seasons, but its 70 episodes would air in re-runs for years to come.
"In South America, we were very big. 'La Familia de Munstruos,'" he says with a laugh.
Patrick never gave up his love of those Munsters' hot rods. In fact, he tours the country with his own replicas, meeting the fans of a show that changed his life and theirs.
"Their faces light up and they smile, all because of the Munsters. And who wouldn't like being part of that?"
Patrick is appearing all this weekend, May 31-June 2 at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show.