If you're like most people, your skin probably crawls at the sight of a cockroach. Michael Bohdan isn't most people. An exterminator, Bohdan has been doing battle with these six-legged fiends for decades, but this resident of Plano, Texas, admits he has a "love-hate" relationship with these nasty critters. After all, if it weren't for cockroaches, Bohdan never would've gone on The Tonight Show, met the likes of Jay Leno or Joan Rivers, or opened the creepiest-crawliest museum in Texas.
In the 1980s, Bohdan launched a Lone Star contest to find the biggest cockroach in Dallas. The stunt got him an interview with Johnny Carson, and hoping to stay in the spotlight, Bohdan traveled across the country, acting as a judge in the world's weirdest contest. Evidently, people across the U.S. were putting dead roaches in elaborate outfits, and Bohdan's job was to pick the best-dressed bug. But after the contest ended, the exterminator decided to keep these outlandish insects and open the Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum.
Located in his exterminator store, The Pest Shop, the museum featured all sorts of celebrity bugs, from Marilyn Monroach (complete with iconic white dress) to Liberoachi (sitting at a pint-sized piano). There was also an Elvis roach, a Santa roach, and a Batman roach. And let's not forget the famed businessman and failed politician, Ross Peroach. There was also a Bates Motel diorama (complete with Norman's six-legged mother sitting on the front porch), a beach scene where roaches are relaxing on the sand, and a tiny Statue of Liberty. And as you've probably guessed, she wasn't holding a torch.
Unfortunately, it seems the Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum is no more, but while you might never see David Letteroach in person, take comfort in knowing millions of his cousins are alive and well … and possibly skittering around your kitchen.