Dr. Fad

Nickname of Ken Paik Hakuta, an Asian -American entrepreneur, inventor and TV personality who, beginning in 1983, merchandised unique inventions and weird toys like the “Wacky Wall Walker” which sold over 240 million units.  The VH1 program “I Love the 80s: 1983” featured Dr. Fad and the Wall Walkers.

“See tomorrow’s fads today on The Dr. Fad Show”

Hakuta was the host of THE DR. FAD SHOW, a kids program that aired from 1988-1994 featuring three contestants who introduced their inventions (applause meters were used to determine the winners). In the 1990s, Hakuta founded an herbal medicine business (AllHerb.com) which ceased operations in February 2000.

During his heyday as “Dr. Fad,” stories of Ken Hakuta appeared in newspapers like The Detroit Press, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post. He also appeared on such TV programs as GERALDO, LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS, OPRAH, and THE TONIGHT SHOW.

See alsoDr. Fad Show Promo @ You Tube and “Gadget Man, The


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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