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I'm so glad you're finding joy in doing all of this - I suspect that's the whole point!!!

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I didn't realize how consumed I've been with the class and the work until yesterday afternoon. Early in the day I made a few revisions in the script/lyrics. Feeling sleepy, I took a napbefore packing up and going to class. I slept for about five minutes, including a dream that I was surrounded by puppets as though they were people. They spoke to me and to each other, moved around, etc. I don't know what they spoke of or where we all were, but it seemed like an ordinary situation.

The Three (all of us who remained, as there were about eight on the first night of class) ran through our shows. It was fun despite being completely unpolished. A classmate took a few photos and sent them to me as attachments. Alas (or happily for you all), I'm still unable to figure out how to import them into my laptop.

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Ah, that makes sense now - and my mom probably looked like that at times too!!!

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Nope, the second is not my mother or a teacher. Are you sitting? Will you keep in mind that the story is about a summer day when I lied to my mother about having drunk my milk (I poured it in the sink) and the punishment -- not being allowed to go out to play. I was an angry little girl. Got that? Okay, the cast of characters --

1) The child me

2) The grown me (sure, much younger and more attractive, but it's my story and I can do anything I want. Nyah-nyah-nyah.) Someone helped with the drawing, but I painted her/me

3) My mother. This is the story told by an angry five-year old, hence the witchy mother. She looked nothing like this, of course.

4) My father. Doesn't look like him either, but all my little one needed was a friendly, happy face. The good guy who stayed in and played with me while I was on lockdown for the afternoon.

5) My family unit, if you will.

The adults make brief appearances and speak only. The child sings all her dialogue, written with many irregular rhyme patterns. The tunes change constantly, many improvised (thank goodness a child can get away with it) and others real tunes if I remember. Example, the child makes her entrance and sings to the tune of "Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened --

I'm mad at Mommy
She makes me drink milk
I hate this white stuff
It makes me feel gruff

The Mary Janes are metallic green and the ankle socks, of course, are white. I think I showed you my backdrop? A stage designed by a child.





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those puppets are wonderful and yes I remember when the Beatles song came out -- about 64. and now I am 64. amazing. and I remember saying don't trust anyone over 30. Now I think it is the opposite dont trust any one under 30

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Oh Laurie, I love your child!!! She is adorable! I also like the person right after her - maybe your mom? Or a favorite teacher?

But the third face, the one with half (or fewer) of her teeth? Truly scary!!!

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I was going to start a new topic regarding my puppetry class, but, since you talk about inner child and memories and things of that realm, here's my remembered child.

Each piece pertains to my puppet-show script and represents someone quite real.

First is Child Me, age five.











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It all goes by in a blink of an eye.

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I remember being in my late teens and figuring out that I'd be 46 in the year 2000, and how far away that seemed. And that was over 18 years ago now!!!

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Remember when the saying was you could not trust anyone over 30? My sister did not believe me. She said it must be at least over 40 (as to the expression). I said no, it was 30. Kind of funny from where we sit now.

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Gwyn, it's inevitable. I'm almost 64 - remember when the Beatles song came out? Who ever thought we'd get this old????

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oh all these children's shows I used to watch. Now I am really feeling old -- I just finished applying for Medicare -- I will be ancient by the end of this year (:

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Oh yeah, I've definitely become much more fact-based that I was as a child.

Still a dreamer, though. But I can differentiate between my dreams and actual hard fact now. (Finally!)

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As long as you remember what is real and what is not.

Of course, we used to wonder if all this reality is a dream, and the dream state the reality.

No more. My head will hurt.

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LOL! My brain has retained a lot of my inner child.

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Goodness! There is so much here, I dare not speculate.

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My haircut was similar to Captain Kangaroo - I hated it. But I had a crush on Mr. Greenjeans.

I think a lot of it is that kids are still figuring out the world. What is real and what is imaginary. The lines are blurred or interchangeable, and a lot of stuff makes zero sense. So kids make up their own version of reality. My sister and I were convinced that Father G-d married Mother Nature, and that's where people came from. Of course, kids outgrow all of that - but the memories are there. (I still sometimes wonder what would happen if statues came to life, especially animal statues. But, well, I'm weird that way.)

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Oh, Phebe, let me hold you. You're safe. You are breaking my heart.

Your and Nu's reaction to KF&O are such a surprise to me. No one else has ever said the same of them to me. The worst I'd ever heard was "not my cup of tea." I can only guess what you thought of the Bil Baird Marionettes -- which I liked.

Captain Kangaroo, on the other hand, truly was creepy. The haircut, the mustache, the clothes, the voice. Just the thought gives me the shudders.

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I know just what happened to Daniel the hand puppet. You do too.

He's leaving tonight on a plane. You can see the red tail lights, heading for Spain...





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Wow!

I'm with you on Kukla, Fran and Ollie, but I am not sure why.

We had an "Alice In Wonderland" book. The page where she drank the potion and grew until she busted out of the house, with the thatched roof for her hair, was terrifying for me. I think these issues are because they are not like real life. Captain Kangaroo, with his odd Dutch boy haircut, looked like Alice with the thatched roof. Not a favorite there either.

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Part of it is faith, and part of it is that young children really can't differentiate between reality as we know it, and the reality in their heads. Fact as fact doesn't really exist. Fact is what they think. So their stuffed animal is just as real as the family dog.

It's why I was terrified by our family dining room table - it was a trestle table with cross beams in a contrasting color, so it looked vaguely like a crouching animal with eyes watching me. Seriously, in my head it was real and alive and always watching me walk by. I dreamed it chased me all over the house, caught me, and jumped up and down on top of me. Which of course made me even more afraid of it!

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Kukla was human. Remember that he was bald with that band of hair around from temple to temple? And Madam Oglepuss was a opera singer. And Fran was human for real. Oliver was a dragon. Everyone knows dragons in real life. Get with it, kids!

Too bad about the little girl who thought Lambchop had died, but that's what happens to treacly lambs. Lampchop was weaned on treacle.

In the Mr. Rogers documentary are scenes of Mr. Rogers and his alter-ego, handpuppet Daniel Tiger, with young children at various venues. There was Daniel covering Mr. Rogers' hand, yet the kids spoke directly to Daniel, eye contact and all, because he understood their fears or because the kids knew that Daniel needed their encouragement and friendship. That was extraordinary to see. The faith that young children sometimes possess is gorgeous.

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KF&O weren't any kind of creature I knew, so they were scary. Like monsters. But then, I was the child who wouldn't read the books about Eloise living in the Plaza Hotel just because I didn't like the illustrations in the book.

I saw that child ventriloquist on youtube videos - she really was amazing!

Oh, funny Shari Lewis story. My sister and her entire harp class performed on the Shari Lewis show. One little girl (about age 5 or so) saw Lambchop NOT on the hand but lying down on a table, and she was convinced that Lambchop had died. She burst out crying, and all I remember of the show (I was in the audience with my parents) was my sister's friend Jody sobbing as she played the harp!




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It's never come up before, but I can't understand how KF&O could creep kids out. Then, again, I don't understand people who've told me that Wizard of Oz scared them.

Shari Lewis and Lamchop were okay, but not all that high on my hit parade.

Have I already said this: "Won't You Be My Neighbor" is a must-see.

Remember the annual broadcast of Peter Pan with Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook? I adored through childhood. Somewhere along the way, it was dropped. Then, when it was resurrected one-time only approx 30 years ago, I was in heaven. In heaven over the anticipation, that is. I don't recall what I thought of it beyond being happy to see it after so many years. That is was only an hour was a surprise.

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Yes Ed Flanders passed away as he committed suicide -- he was born and raised in Minneapolis. I watched St. Elsewhere through it's entire run

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That's OK, one little person I knew wanted to be a fire hydrant. I always thought I misheard him but I was told that I did not. Yeah, they can be creative.

I read somewhere, if I am not mistaken that Shari Lewis treated Lambchop as human, in the most bizarre way. That is not encouraging.

If you look at last year's winner of "America's Got Talent", The cutest 12-year-old ventriloquist won. And it is not difficult to see why. She has talent oozing from her pores. Google her on YouTube: Darci Lynne. Incredibly amazing. Yes, I know that's redundant but you have to see her to believe it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk_qLtk0m2c

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Oh yeah! I wanted to be Lambchop when I grew up!!! (Okay, I was about 4. I was clueless. One of my brothers wanted to be a firetruck. Another wanted to be a cyborg. Yeah. We were imaginative.)

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Yeah, me too. For some reason I didn't care for them either.

Now, Lambchop was cute!

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LOVED "As Time Goes By" - and I really enjoy British humor, it's so dry. Very low-key humor.

But Kukla, Fran, and Ollie always creeped me out as a child. Scary puppets!!!! I don't know why, maybe because they didn't look like anything real to me. Or they looked like some kind of monsters. But they just scared me.



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Some of us do relate. My son for example.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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I have learned from experience that non-Americans have a very unique sense of humor that we don't relate to.

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I do not like the slapstick ones at all. Liked "The Crown" too.

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Downton Abbey was so much fun! I have learned that a lot of the British series (not the slapstick ones) are done remarkably well. Dame Judi Dench had a great one with "As Time Goes By".

Nice that you are expanding your horizons. I had a friend who used to call us liberal arts majors the "Arts and Crafts" set. Ooooor perhaps we're just more well-rounded.

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We liked Downton Abbey. Surprised myself; I expected to be bored.

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Not holding a gun to your head.

I just like series that make you think a bit.

Adore "The Handmaid's Tale". Brilliantly written, acted and photographed. So rare! All accolades well deserved.

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okay... on the big heaping pile...

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Give "Breaking Bad" a try. It just might surprise you. And ask yourself, how far would you go to protect your family?

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"St. Elsewhere" ran when I was....elsewhere. For its time, it was widely acclaimed. Howie Mandel was in it, as was Denzel Washington early in their careers.

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I never saw St. Elsewhere. Not even once. Worthwhile?

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I do recall that I was enrapt by and sad about the M*A *S*H* finale, but can picture only the last couple of minutes.

St. Elsewhere was a favorite, but I may have missed the wind-up. He's not the reason I liked the show, but Ed Flanders had such appeal. I remember his episode on MTM. Oh, no. I just googled him to fin that he did suicide in 1995.

Another favorite, and it still is after a thousand years of not seeing it except for an episode or two via google in the past year, is Kukla, Fran and Ollie. It's been on my mind recently because of my puppetry class. Look for Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

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never watched twin peaks, watched MASH towards the end of it's run as it was a friend's favorite show. I liked the ending but it was way too long for me. I did like Newhart's ending as a dream. I also lliked St. Elsewhere's ending

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That last (never saw it) sounds like a direct ripoff of "St. Elsewhere's" finale: That whole series based on the imaginings of an autistic boy, his snow globe encompassing the (imaginary) hospital.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Elsewhere

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Lost enraptured both Things, Thing Two particularly. We lost Lost around Season 4; we found that we simply had to binge wash to keep mental track of the plot twists, the timeline, the venues and such - and did not have the time.

I've only seen an episode or two of Twin Peaks - I would have enjoyed it more in my single days, no doubt.

As for series finales, Mash stands out for me (college shut down that night) as does more recently, Newhart, wherein we learn that the latter incarnations of Bob's work all were but a dream he had one night in bed with Emily (Suzanne Pleshette). She was always one of my faves, RIP.

Science fiction fans usually love how "Enterprise" wrapped up with the iconic ode to all matters Trek - an episode entitled nothing short of "These Are the Voyages..." wherein we learn that the entire series, and other series, have been a Holodeck simulation run for research purposes by Troi and Riker (Jewish Starfleet officers, more likely than not, one way or another).


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I don't know how BB ended, of course, and saw Lost only once or twice early in its life. I liked Twin Peaks at the start, but dropped out not far in because my schedule precluded watching to the bitter end. It was long ago enough that I don't recall what ending I heard about.

What I do remember and always will is the final episode of MTM. It was a good cry, but I felt as though I was losing my best friend..



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But not for Vince Gilligan's mother. He was the creator of "Breaking Bad". She hated the ending. I see her point, but still.

What was good about the show, unlike other shows in a similar genre that had no idea what direction to take, these folks fleshed it out from the very beginning. That's why I hated spending so much time with "Lost", because the ending was so preposterous: They had no idea how to recover from what they created. The same with "Twin Peaks". At least they admitted to it.

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What an interesting story - and life!

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Great story about Berg, but to communicate baseball maneuvers in Latin and Sanskrit would have to make for painfully long stories.

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loved the story!!! I am glad you posted it

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Yes, you are wrong (as was I). It has absolutely nothing to do with glorifying drug use or its sale. What it has to do with is a man who is struggling to make ends meet working as a high school chemistry teacher and moonlighting in a car wash place. Then he learns he has terminal cancer (I am not giving away anything, as that is the initial set up). The question is, once he realizes he has not enough to provide for his family after he is gone, what does one do and how far does one go to protect the people closest to him? And that's how the story started. And then it goes, over a five-year arc, of his total dissolution with an initial noble cause and where he actually ends up and why. And that I can't delve into further in case it might have piqued your curiosity.

Edited by: NUMD97 at: 7/25/2018 (09:33)
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Breaking Bad tops my "why bother" list. Shows glorifying drugs never have been my cup of tea. Am I wrong?

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Aaaaah, but Heisenberg lived on in "Breaking Bad". Great series, start to finish. By the end, there was no uncertainty.

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Wow, amazing story about Moe Berg!!!!

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We stem kids know the name Heisenberg well, too. His uncertainty principle is a key aspect of the atomic theories on which the bomb was based, and also explains why certain Star Trek technologies remain locked in the fantasy world never to come true (the transporter) as opposed to the ones that have (communicators, "tricorders", etc.).

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Fascinating story! Thanks for posting. I seem to recall reading the name in the New Yorker collected cartoons we have in our house, but never the full story.

Very cheeky guy!

Now, if Hitler did not have his racial policies, they would have had the bomb. I always find that rueful. And in a sense thankful that he had, so we got to build it first, and end the war on Japan quickly, once it was in place. My father (and recently discovered, my friend's wife's father, too) was on the high seas bound for Japan from Italy when the bomb was dropped and thus ending his war as well.

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When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played with five major-league teams from 1923 to 1939, he was a very mediocre ball player. But Moe was regarded as the brainiest ballplayer of all time. In fact Casey Stengel once said: "That is the strangest man ever to play baseball.

When all the baseball stars went to Japan, Moe Berg went with them and many people wondered why he went with "the team" . . .

The answer was simple: Moe Berg was a United States spy, working undercover with the Office of Strategic Services (predecessor of today's CIA). Moe spoke 15 languages - including Japanese. And he had two loves: baseball and spying.

In Tokyo, garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St. Luke's Hospital - the tallest building in the Japanese capital.

He never delivered the flowers. The ball-player ascended to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor, military installations, railway yards, etc.

Eight years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg's films in planning his spectacular raid on Tokyo..

His father disapproved and never once watched his son play. In Barringer High School, Moe learned Latin, Greek and French. Moe read at least 10 newspapers everyday.

He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton - having added Spanish, Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver. During further studies at the Sorbonne, in Paris , and Columbia Law School, he picked up Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian - 15 languages in all, plus some regional dialects.

While playing baseball for Princeton University, Moe Berg would describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.

During World War II, Moe was parachuted into Yugoslavia to assess the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans there. He reported back that Marshall Tito's forces were widely supported by the people and Winston Churchill ordered all-out support for the Yugoslav underground fighter, rather than Mihajlovic's Serbians.

The parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge. But there was more to come in that same year. Berg penetrated German-held Norway , met with members of the underground and located a secret heavy-water plant - part of the Nazis' effort to build an atomic bomb.

His information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing raid to destroy that plant.


There still remained the question of how far had the Nazis progressed in the race to build the first Atomic bomb. If the Nazis were successful, they would win the war. Berg (under the code name "Remus") was sent to Switzerland to hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg, a Nobel Laureate, lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building an A-bomb. Moe managed to slip past the SS guards at the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student. The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide pill.

If the German indicated the Nazis were close to building a weapon, Berg was to shoot him - and then swallow the cyanide pill. Moe, sitting in the front row, determined that the Germans were nowhere near their goal, so he complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked him back to his hotel.

Moe Berg's report was distributed to Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and key figures in the team developing the Atomic Bomb. Roosevelt responded: "Give my regards to the catcher."

Most of Germany's leading physicists had been Jewish and had fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United States. After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Freedom - America 's highest honor for a civilian in wartime. But Berg refused to accept it because he couldn't tell people about his exploits.

After his death, his sister accepted the Medal. It now hangs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown

Moe Berg's baseball card is the only card on display at the CIA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

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