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Overview (1)

Nicknames Zen Patterson
The Big Cheese

Mini Bio (1)

Ken Patterson was, and is, the quintessential child of the 1960s. Born on Ground Hog Day, February 2 1950, he was just the right age to benefit from the sea change the counterculture would bring to America in the 60s.

Ken lived in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier, a short 25 miles from his future home and workplace, Hollywood California. After seeing the premier episode of the Westinghouse Steve Allen show on KTLA-TV Ken would travel to Hollywood for the show's tapings each Wednesday and Thursday where he was a "regular" member of the studio audience.

Before long Ken was hanging out at the Steve Allen Playhouse before the program tapings as well as pre-production days, becoming an unofficial "gofer" for the production staff. Ken made three friendships there that would shape his life; stage manager Johnny Wilson, talent coordinator Jerry Hopkins, and "The world's first hippie" sculptor Vito Paulekas.

Vito made his first appearance on Allen's program doing a "live" clay bust of Allen, his work being used as a transaction in and out of commercial breaks. On air the work lasted the better part of a week, but as two shows were taped each day it was really a two day gig. Vito became a fixture on Steve's show appearing several times as a guest, as well as presenting Steve with his "Tribute to Steve Allen" sculpture, also known as "The Hands" showing four different race hands interlocking in unity that Allen used as a trademark for the rest of his life. Ken became Vito's unofficial show assistant and began a friendship that would last until Vito's death in 1992. Ken attended Vito's dance and sculpture classes throughout the 1960s, was a member of Vito's Dancers performing at the biggest clubs and iconic concerts of the time and was at Vito's side as the counterculture sprang forth.

One spring day in 1963 the Steve Allen crew was busy installing a new set. Ken was there to help as much as he was allowed and for his assistance he was given a small truck load of discarded production materials; parts of the set, old scripts, and most importantly stage manager Johnny Wilson gave him a hand prop that had been rented from Century Props for a skit but was never used or returned to Century, The Real Maltese Falcon statue. Ken knew a good thing when he saw it, asked his friend Vito to help make a mold of the Falcon and began selling them in limited numbers to bookstores and collectors in Hollywood, for the first time using the name The Haunted Studios for the project. It was the beginning of a business that thrives to this day.

In the mid 1960s Ken became a fixture on Los Angeles television dance and music programs thanks to Jerry Hopkins' position as Talent Coordinator on the syndicated pop music program Shivaree. Ken was present and dancing on many of the half hour programs, as well as Hollywood a Go Go, 9th Street West, and Dick Clark's Where The Action Is.

In 1969 Ken followed Vito in his move from Hollywood to Cotati, California, living with Vito and his family for the next year. A degree in Psychology followed, with sales of the Falcon helping cover the costs. In 1976 Ken left northern California and Psychology behind, returned to Hollywood, and began classes in Television Production and Engineering at Los Angeles City College where he reached top of the class status in 1977, all the while the Falcon sales helping pay the way.

It was at LACC where Ken met the great love of his life, Lisa White Eagle. As he tells it, it was a case of love at first sight. The first time he saw his future wife she was walking home from classes at LACC, and he remembers every detail of that event over 40 years later. He noticed Lisa sitting in the shadows of LACC's television studio doing homework between her film classes. A somewhat unconventional courtship followed and a year later they were married. For Ken his relationship with Lisa is life defining, referring to Lisa as "the great prize of my life, without her I would not be here today, I would not be the man I am, I owe everything to Lisa without exception."

Over their years together Lisa honed her skills as an artist, filmmaker, and writer. Additionally she is Ken's partner in his various television ventures beginning with Video Odyssey and Video Associates in 1980 through design and installation of Burbank's Absolute Post nearly 10 years later. Their various projects were managed under the umbrella of Ken Patterson and Associates, Inc. with Lisa as General Manager. After taking two years off from work for the birth of their daughter Kala White Eagle-Patterson, Ken returned to work with an instructor's position at Pasadena City College in the Radio-TV-Film department. Additionally Ken was employed by the college as their technical coordinator for the Community College Television Network. In a break from past endeavors Lisa entered the college's art department, achieving new success as an award winning fine jewelry maker.

Ken returned to the private sector as Chief Engineer for Rock Solid Productions, redesigning and updating their first in the nation Betacam component edit bays. From there his Ken Patterson and Associates firm was hired to design, install, and manage Absolute Post, Inc. in Burbank, a position he held as Vice President of Engineering and Operations until 1996 when he formed The Post Department with two other former API employees.

In 1997 The Haunted Studios became a full time concern for Ken and at 47 he retired from the television industry. In the years that followed the Haunted Studios continued to grow, now Ken serves as Curator while he and Lisa live in semi-retirement in northern California. Ken continues to serve as consultant to media and print projects relating to the counterculture and Hollywood in the 1960s.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The Haunted Studios

Spouse (1)

Lisa White Eagle (1 December 1978 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Very long hair and beard, beatnik style all black clothing
Known for saying "You're the BEST!" with ersatz enthusiasm and spurious sincerity.

Trivia (20)

Working what amounts to both sides of the 1960s cultural street Ken was a contributing writer and photographer to both the prestigious Los Angeles Times and underground newspaper The Los Angeles Free Press. Ken's association with The Times continued through 1977, the date of his last published photographs for the paper.
Known for wearing wild striped pants and dressing in vintage all black clothing.
A fan of obscure 1960s muscle cars, Ken has owned two Avanti automobiles, one 1963 Studebaker Avanti R1, retrofitted with a stock Paxton Supercharger, and one 1980 Avanti Motor Corporation Avanti II.
Designed and installed Hollywood's first major independent video cassette facility, Video Associates, in 1980 providing exclusive editing and duplication services to home media pioneers The Nostalgia Merchant, Starlog Video, and Video Gems.
When asked a question he didn't want to answer, Ken would often say "what do you want, the truth or the real reason? Pick one, but just one" and usually in the resulting conversation the questioner would forget about the original question.
Ken's car has the California personalized license plate "41 FALC" a reference to "The Real Maltese Falcon" statue given to him by Johnny Wilson, stage manager on The Steve Allen Playhouse (1962).
The Maltese Falcon statue featured in The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird (2006) was provided by Ken Patterson's Haunted Studios. Ken has been selling castings of his "Real Maltese Falcon" since 1963.
Ken Patterson was hired in February of 1968 as photographer and cinematographer for Hollywood based light show producer Omega's Eye, best known as creator of psychedelic light shows for Pinnacle Productions dance concerts. Ken created a series of films that were used in Omega's Eye light shows at the famed Kaleidoscope night club on Sunset Blvd. Later the same year Ken created several "LSD trip" films that were used in the drug induced hallucination scenes in the film The Big Cube (1969). Ken traveled to Mexico City's Estudios Churubusco to oversee onset projection of his films.
Member of Vito Paulekas' Freak Out Dance Troupe, commonly known as Vito's Dancers, from 1966 to 1968 when Paulekas left Los Angeles and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. The dancers performed at hundreds of iconic rock concerts and night club appearances during the 1960s. Ken arranged the "farewell" performances of the troupe at two Grateful Dead dance concerts taking place at The Bank nightclub in Torrance on December 13th and 14th 1968.
Produced psychedelic light shows at several Sonoma County, California music events in the early 1970s.
With Randy Black Fox, AKA Randy Perez, owned Fat City, the first and only Cotati, California head shop operating from 1969 through 1971. Black Fox was also part of Ken's commune that took over Vito Paulekas' Hollywood studio when Paulekas moved out in 1968.
Was a featured performer with Vito's Dancers during the opening week of the West Coast version of the musical Hair at the Aquarius Theater (formerly the Earl Carroll Theater, Hullabaloo Club, and the Kaleidoscope) in the fall of 1968.
Ken lost the majority of his memorabilia collection in the Russian River flooding of 1995. Among the items destroyed by river flooding were his photos and negatives documenting the counterculture revolution of the 1960s, his collection of over 800 movie posters, collection of published works from the 1960s through the late 1970s, and his career spanning collection of films and video tapes.
Ken designed and tailored unique hippie clothing made from tapestries, lace, and old velvet castoffs. Ken's creations were worn by The GTOs, Vito's Dancers, Kim Fowley, and many more on the Hollywood fringe scene in the 1960s. His unisex clothing was sold at Vito and Sue Paulekas' "Sculpture/Garments" shop as well as boutiques on the Sunset Strip.
In the 1970s Ken celebrated his life long love of Mexican food by opening a small Mexican restaurant that thrived for several years prior to its sale when Ken returned to Hollywood in 1976.
Ken Patterson and artiest David Doty created a full size, historically correct Native American Tipi (aka teepee or tepee) that was used as a community center at many Los Angeles area Love Ins during 1967 and 1968. In the winter of 1969 the Tipi was moved to a commune near Cotati, California where it was used as a sweat lodge for several years.
In the fall of 1980 Ken and his wife Lisa unknowingly moved into a haunted house high in the Hollywood Hills above Los Angeles.

Located next to the infamously haunted Barbara Stanwyck estate, aka the Holly Mont Castle, on Primrose Avenue, the sprawling mid-century ranch house would become their own paranormal challenge for the next two years.

The ghostly activity, which included doors opening and closing on their own, disembodied voices, disappearing and reappearing books, money, and clothing, was centered in the guest bedroom, basement, and one of the hall closets.

The haunting continued until the Pattersons moved out following the birth of their daughter in March of 1982.
Taught television engineering and production at Pasadena City College from 1984 through 1989.
Appeared annually as Count Dracula in Dusty Dawn's October production of Old Haunts Cabaret during the 1970s.
For his 2020 birthday Ken purchased a vintage Mellotron and has been tinkering with it ever since.

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