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August 2nd, 2002

Dr. Fad

Do you remember the Wacky Wallwalker? Sure you do. I remember it being a wonderfully fun toy that also ate away at the paint in my bedroom growing up! The person we have to blame… er, thank… for that invention is a man by the name of Dr. Fad.

I remember Dr. Fad because of his Saturday morning TV show on CBS. It was along the lines of Doctor Doctor in quality, meaning that it wasn’t very good; this also means that it was perfect for kids. On the show, three kids would compete to come up with a new invention that wasn’t just trendy but also useful. There were also the expected segments about the Slinky, the Wallwalker, and so on. The mess turned out to be a strange mixture of Mr. Wizard’s World and Double Dare minus all pretense of originality.

It’s noteworthy that there was a Dr. Fad handheld LCD game in ’89, and that the Dr. has his own quotes gallery (just look at ’em all!) He also wrote a book about fads; if you’re considering creating a wacky wallwalker that also slices potatoes into blue, chocolate-covered french fries, you might want to consult with the good doctor.

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FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday August 2, 2002 -- 1:36:46 am
This rocks! all week I have been holding back from mentioning Dr. Fad, and now my wish has come true. I loved the theme song to the show. By the way, I saw Dr. Fad on Conan O'Brien in the summer of 98, and he had his wacky wallcrawler sweater on.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 2, 2002 -- 8:50:15 am
The theme song from that show will play in my head even as recently as this morning.

FROM: lex [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 2, 2002 -- 9:28:42 am
i actually met dr. fad and went to his house. my mom's friend is good friends with him. talk about wacky.

FROM: Mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 2, 2002 -- 10:54:41 am
Please talk next about Dr. Thunder, Wal-Mart's knock-off Dr. Pepper soda.


FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday August 2, 2002 -- 11:23:20 am
Mike -- Been done. :)

Alex -- That's so cool. Another reason for me to worship you... even though this is the first time I've ever heard of Dr. Fad!

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 2, 2002 -- 1:03:00 pm
I'm not sure which is scarier, that we've already pinged Dr. Thunder, or that Ryan actually remembers it 2-1/2 years & 750 pings later.

FROM: Amy McNally
DATE: Friday December 20, 2002 -- 10:31:45 pm
I was actually the Dr. Fad show in 1989, I have been attempting to track down a copy of the tape. If anyone knows how to obtain please let me know!

Mike McGill September 24, 2006, 11:34 pm

Oh my god!!! I was humming this theme song today and had to see if it was available. I watched this show as a kid when I was living in Oregon and thought it was an Oregon thing, oh no! Dr. Fad is AWESOME!!!!
I truely miss this show. BRING IT BACK!

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