It was sad to see actor Jack Klugman lose his fight for life over the holiday, and then hear that actor Charles Durning also passed away. Then I heard about the death of Gerry Anderson. He might not have been a household name, but he created some shows that really sparked my imagination as a kid.
The most well-known, for me at least, was Space: 1999. Even though that pre-millennial year came and went without a manned moonbase (too bad) and without Luna getting knocked out of its orbit around the Earth (phew!), it was still an entertaining show to watch, and I hope any upcoming remake manages to capture its spirit.
Anderson was also famous for his intricate marionette shows, including Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Stingray, and of course Thunderbirds, which the makers of South Park turned into a feature-length motion picture spoof.
I also remember enjoying his campy sci-fi series UFO, which now in hindsight seems to be a Japanese anime come to life, before there even was Japanese anime the way we know it today.
Some of his other television shows included Fireball XL5 and Supercar, all full of that sense of wonder that delighted viewers of all ages.
May he rest in peace.