"Fantastic Features went off the air in 1969, and though Sivad continued to make appearances throughout the Mid-South, Davis retired the character for good and moved to Clarendon, Arkansas. He passed away in 2003.
Columnist Vance Lauderdale tells the story of Sivad in the March issue of Memphis magazine.
But long after Sivads or Watsons death, his memory lives on, and Memphians to this day remember the shows spooky opening (filmed in a foggy Overton Park), and equally spooky theme music (taken from the 1950s science-fiction movie Destination Moon.
And for those of you who cant quite recall all this or just want to relive it a Sivad fan has captured the opening scenes on his Web site if you want to see what Fantastic Features was all about. Youll find a link to the intro, and some outtakes showing Sivad telling jokes. Corny by todays standards, perhaps, but enough to give kids nightmares back in the 1960s. Michael Finger