20 years ago the Meteor fell near the mansion and affected him. For years he did not sleep or eat and worked on the Zom-B-Matic. One of his victims would be Sandy Pantz if it weren't for her boyfriend Dave Miller and his friends who rescued her and got rid of the Meteor.
In the later years Dr. Fred failed to get hold of the ensuing video game and TV series, as he locked the contract in the safe in his office and forgot the combination. This brought his family in a bad situation financially, he became upset and he underwent a period of sleepwalking, a state in which he would remember the combination, but of no avail. He overcame sleepwalking by drinking a LOT of coffee.