King of Kustomizers

The professional nickname of automobile customizer, George Barris, the owner of the design firm Barris Kustom Industries.


Over the years, Barris has created a number of spectacular cars for television, including the Batmobile (BATMAN), the Munster Koach and  the Drag-u-la (THE MUNSTERS), the Monkeemobile (THE MONKEES), a fictional 1928 Porter (MY MOTHER THE CAR), a computerized/talking Pontiac Trans-Am (KNIGHT RIDER), and an old truck fashioned from a 1921 Oldsmobile touring car (THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES).

Born George Salapatas in Chicago on November 20, 1925, George Barris died November 5, 2015 in his sleep at his home in Encino, California, at the age of 89.


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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