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Gerry Anderson, 'Thunderbirds' Creator, Dies at 83
Posted on 12/26/2012 11:43:08 AM PST by Perdogg
Gerry Anderson, puppetry pioneer and British creator of the sci-fi hit "Thunderbirds" TV show, has died. He was 83.
Anderson's son Jamie said his father died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday at a nursing home near Oxfordshire, England, after being diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago.
His condition had worsened dramatically over the past six months, his son said.
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posted on 12/26/2012 11:43:15 AM PST
His strings have been cut.
posted on 12/26/2012 11:44:09 AM PST
(Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
To: kronos77; mass55th; Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; ...
posted on 12/26/2012 11:46:11 AM PST
(Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
posted on 12/26/2012 11:47:12 AM PST
(Who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0Bama man can :-)
posted on 12/26/2012 11:47:31 AM PST
by Drill Thrawl
(We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
To: Perdogg; PJ-Comix
Gerry Anderson's "Thunderbirds" was one of my favorite shows as a kid. And before that, his "Supercar" (with Mike Mercury).
Thats how we ride Gerry! Thanks for all the really cool stuff.
posted on 12/26/2012 11:49:50 AM PST
(Release the Palin!)
Used to watch that show all the time. RIP!
posted on 12/26/2012 11:53:37 AM PST
(I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
To: Perdogg; kronos77; mass55th; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; All
Very saddened by Mr. Anderson’s passing. His ‘Supercar’, ‘Fireball XL-5’ and ‘Stingray’ were a pleasant dessert after Saturday morning cartoons.
And his work on ‘Project: UFO’ and model work in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’and ‘Space:1999’ were also quite cool.
Always admired Mr. Anderson’s ability to use common kitchen and household appliances and objects and work them in as parts of his exceptional, often overblown sets.
The world will be less colorful and clever.
RIP, Jerry. You did good.
posted on 12/26/2012 12:04:11 PM PST
by Jack Deth
(Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
To: Perdogg; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
HA HA HA!!! I loved this series when I was a kid-part of the charm WAS the strings!
This just in, Muppets stage coup on Sesame Street...set up
RIP Gerry...Grew up watching your shows on BBC. Thunderbirds are go.
posted on 12/26/2012 12:58:28 PM PST
(Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
Rest in peace, Gerry Anderson. Thanks for the memories.
I used to watch this show all the time when I was a kid and I think it's one of the reasons I always liked puppets and marionettes. I even tried to reproduce the special effects one time and ended up melting one of my toy spaceships.
posted on 12/26/2012 1:30:33 PM PST
(Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
To: Charles Henrickson
I remember watching this in my youth!
I remember some sort of control center or something (very plush walls) located inside a tanker truck.
I thought that was the coolest thing at the time.
What difference a generation makes?
posted on 12/26/2012 1:33:11 PM PST
by Tanniker Smith
(Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
His influence on the South Park guys was obvious. RIP, Sir.
posted on 12/26/2012 2:31:14 PM PST
by Slings and Arrows
(You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
To: windcliff; onedoug
To: Charles Henrickson
He set the standard for flying cars.
posted on 12/26/2012 4:11:56 PM PST
Made flying cars what they are today!
posted on 12/26/2012 4:28:27 PM PST
(Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion.)
The original Team America World Police.
posted on 12/26/2012 4:33:21 PM PST
(I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
In addition to inspiring a generation of film makers, such as Dave Filoni, who directs Star Wars:The Clone Wars>
, Mr Anderson has also inspired quite a few engineers, including the people who designed and built the Sky Crane that place Curiosity on the Martian Surface.
posted on 12/26/2012 4:33:55 PM PST
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