Gerry Anderson, 'Thunderbirds' Creator, Dies at 83
By By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD Associated Press
LONDON December 26, 2012 (AP)
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.
Anderson's television career launched in the 1950s. Once "Thunderbirds" aired in the 1960s, "Thunderbirds are go!" became a catchphrase for generations. It also introduced the use of "supermarionation" — a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes — and made sci-fi mainstream, according to Jamie Anderson.
"He forever changed the direction of sci-fi entertainment," Jamie told the Associated Press. "Lots of animation and films that have been made in the past 20 or 30 years have been inspired by the work that he did."
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:28 PM
Another piece of my childhood disappears.
Like Taun, I was a UFO fan, and later Space 1999.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
His shows catered to kids and adults alike.
I'll admit I was quite taken to Space 1999.
You don't get many sci-fi spectaculars like that and I thank him for it.
That show and him are one of a kind.
May he rest in puppeteers heaven.
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