Gutted to hear yesterday of the death of my childhood hero, Gerry Anderson. My love of his sci-fi puppet shows started in my early teens, I think, when I started to watch repeats of the early shows and collect the memorabilia. I still have an attic full of annuals, action figures, toy vehicles and assorted gems. I was a member of Fanderson too, Gerry's
official Fan Club, for a decade and once met the man himself at a convention. He was gracious enough to sign a photo, while I was too dumbstruck to say much more than "Errr...I'm a big fan...". Although most famous for Thunderbirds, I was a bigger fan of Captain Scarlet, whilst also happily watching Joe 90, Stingray, UFO, Space 1999, Terrahawks, etc. He's been such a big part of my life. FAB. RIP.
Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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