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Full Text of HR1041  98th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Rich Koz has been known to millions across the
3nation, in the City of Chicago, and, of course, Berwyn, as
4legendary horror host Svengoolie for the last 35 years; and
5    WHEREAS, Rich Koz first became a writer for the original
6"Svengoolie", Jerry G. Bishop, in 1973; and
7    WHEREAS, Rich Koz first donned the legendary top hat,
8makeup, wig, and tuxedo costume of Svengoolie, armed with only
9a rubber chicken, first from 1979 to 1986 as the "Son of
10Svengoolie" on WFLD in Chicago, showing an ever-expanding, full
11range of science fiction and horror films on Saturday nights;
13    WHEREAS, Rich Koz wrote, acted in, and produced the
14innovative children's program "The Koz Zone" on WFLD from 1986
15to 1988; and
16    WHEREAS, Rich Koz was given the rights to be "Svengoolie"
17in his own right and has performed as the legendary host since
181994 on WCIU in Chicago; and
19    WHEREAS, Rich Koz took "Svengoolie" to a national audience
20in 2011 on the Chicago based Me-TV Network; and



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1    WHEREAS, As Svengoolie, Rich Koz has brought countless
2generations of families around the television to enjoy his
3unique sense of humor and film knowledge; and
4    WHEREAS, Rich Koz has developed a cast of characters to
5accompany Svengoolie in these tasks as the "King of Horror
6Hosts", such as Tombstone and Kerwyn, to add humor and fun to
7Saturday night sci-fi programing; and
8    WHEREAS, Rich Koz has dutifully continued the great Chicago
9legacy of local programs featuring drive-in style late night
10horror like Creature Features, Screaming Yellow Theater, and
11others; and
12    WHEREAS, Rich Koz, through his syndicated show
13"Stooge-a-Palooza", shared his life-long passion for the
14comedy trio with new generations of Three Stooges fans; and
15    WHEREAS, Rich Koz has diligently and respectfully followed
16in the path of great Chicago television innovators in local
17programing like Frazier Thomas, Bill Jackson, Bob Bell, Ray
18Rayner, and the beloved Jerry G. Bishop; and
19    WHEREAS, In 2004, Rich Koz was recognized as a member of
20the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Silver



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1Circle, honoring at least 25 years of broadcasting excellence;
3    WHEREAS, Rich Koz is highly respected in his field; he was
4the recipient of the acclaimed Rondo Award as "Horror Host of
5the Year" in 2009 and again in 2012 by the fans across the
6nation in the horror community; and
7    WHEREAS, Rich Koz as Svengoolie is amongst Chicago's most
8visible personalities making numerous public appearances
9throughout the year; and
10    WHEREAS, Rich Koz's work-ethic and tirelessness proves he
11is a native son of Illinois; and
12    WHEREAS, Rich Koz was a graduate of Maine East High School
13and attended Northwestern University in Evanston; and
14    WHEREAS, Rich Koz has tirelessly performed all of these
15tasks and continues to do so, despite suffering 2 heart
16attacks; he recovered to be stronger and better than ever,
17thanks largely to his family and fans; and
18    WHEREAS, Svengoolie's legendary set and coffin will be part
19of the permanent display at the Museum of Broadcast
20Communications in Chicago; and



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1    WHEREAS, Without Svengoolie, Saturday nights in millions
2of households across the nation would be like Halloween without
3candy and scary movies; therefore, be it
6we designate October 31, 2014 as Svengoolie/Rich Koz Day in the
7State of Illinois in his honor of Rich Koz and his work; and be
8it further
9    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
10presented to Rich Koz as a symbol of our esteem and respect.