When I was young our Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) had access to most of the shows coming out of Great Britain. We got to enjoy 'The Two Ronnies', 'The Prisoner', 'Space 1999', 'Monty Python' and of course all those great scifi shows created by Gerry Anderson.
He created 'Thunderbirds', 'Captain Scartlet' and one of my favorites, 'UFO'.
Many of his earlier work involved puppets and was filmed in what Anderson called 'supermarionation'. As time went along he worked with real actors and not puppets. Regardles if the show contained real people or puppets, each show utilized the great vehicles and model work familiar to anyone who was a fan of Gerry's earlier creations. They were so well filmed that you could easily be fooled that they were the real thing.
He was also very smart to release comic books based on his TV shows. Very few shows did that at the time and the comics had alot to do with maintaining a youth fan base.
I had many of the vehicles they put out based on his shows and especially liked those ones that were two vehicles in one like the 'Skydiver' from 'UFO'. It was a submarine that could detach and launch its first half into the air like a jet fighter.
I also like the view of history that Jerry, like Gene Rodenberry before him, imagined. People worked together to fight a threat to the entire planet. Women and people of color were featured in prominant roles. The clothing was just a bit more modern and the science enough this side of real so that a kid could imagine such things being around in 1980 or 1999. Hey, that was in MY lifetime, I thought and that made me hopeful for the future. During the nuclear scary times of the 'Cold War' that was a nice alternate version of the future for me to have.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.