Sammy Terry reflects on spooky hit show beloved by Hoosiers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2016)-- Ultimately, it was all about the laugh. Nothing resonates more with Hoosiers of a certain generation than the creepy laugh that made Sammy Terry famous.

His name is a play on words. You know, like “cemetery.” Sammy made his debut on WTTV Channel 4 in 1962 as the host of “Nightmare Theatre.” The late night horror movie program aired for more than 20 years in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

During commercial breaks, Sammy would engage in campy banter with his floating rubber spider named George. It was low-budget, classic TV that somehow found its way into the heart of its audience.

Sammy’s creator Bob Carter passed away in 2013. His son Mark has continued the legacy in occasional TV appearances and events around central Indiana.

"I have five generations of family members that come and see me at my live events. I've got the grandmothers, the mothers, the little ones who don't recall me from their TV days," said Mark while in character.

Mark has even recreated Sammy’s old WTTV studio in his Fishers home. He shoots video segments on Sammy’s official website. He knows what Sammy means to his fans after more than 50 years.

"You can go to markets all over the United States and you won't find the type of appeal Hoosiers have towards the celebrities of WTTV. They grew up with us and we grew up with them, " said Mark.

Sammy Terry is just one of the unique group of WTTV personalities who live on in the collective memory of central Indiana. To this day, each one holds a special place in the hearts of Hoosiers.

"Generations have grown up with WTTV and the legacy lives through us all."

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