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27 Dec 2012 8:17 a.m. PST
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Fred Cartwright27 Dec 2012 5:07 a.m. PST

Or more precisely Gerry Anderson the creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Stingray and many more died yesterday. Thanks, Gerry, for many happy childhood memories. RIP.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Dec 2012 5:17 a.m. PST

Thank you good sir for bringing us so much.

Long Live SHADO!

Big Martin Back27 Dec 2012 5:28 a.m. PST

Yes – definitely must see programmes in my childhood.

RIP Gerry.

HammerHead27 Dec 2012 5:53 a.m. PST

RIP GERRY, remember all the series

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2012 6:42 a.m. PST

His casket should be in the shape of Thunderbird 2 and his pall bearers marionettes….

CPBelt27 Dec 2012 6:51 a.m. PST

Yeah, I saw this on other websites. Thunderbirds were a huge part of my childhood. I remember watching the show when we lived in Queens. Simpler times for a kid's imagination. He was a true pioneer.

PapaSync27 Dec 2012 7:10 a.m. PST

RIP Gerry,

You were a part of so many peoples lives. You brought us great entertainment and wonderful ingredients for our imagination. You made many of us the SciFi aficionados we are today. We will always remember your work as it is such a part of childhoods memories.

Thunder Birds are GO!


MajorB27 Dec 2012 7:18 a.m. PST

RIP indeed, a childhood inspiration for me too!

may I respectfully remind everyone that the actual phrase is "Thunderbirds ARE go!"

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Martin Rapier27 Dec 2012 7:52 a.m. PST


Many happy memories, thank you Mr Anderson.

Fred Cartwright27 Dec 2012 7:54 a.m. PST

may I respectfully remind everyone that the actual phrase is "Thunderbirds ARE go!"

Quite so, but Thunderbirds are go no more didn't seem to scan right so opted for poetic licence!

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2012 8:54 a.m. PST

Was he also responsible for Fireball XL5?

MajorB27 Dec 2012 9:51 a.m. PST

Was he also responsible for Fireball XL5?

Certainly was!
And also Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Stingray, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and UFO.

Roosta Inactive Member27 Dec 2012 10:53 a.m. PST

He helped make my childhood great.R.I.P Gerry.

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP27 Dec 2012 11:04 a.m. PST

Sorry to see him go. I think I may still have the fuel tanks from my old XL5 playset.

ming31 Inactive Member27 Dec 2012 11:47 a.m. PST

Shado will no longer protect us . funny I did not hear of this on regular media .
We fly a little less high today .

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member27 Dec 2012 12:03 p.m. PST

Still time to get him to the moon before it blasts out of orbit.

28mm Fanatik27 Dec 2012 1:20 p.m. PST

The first show by Gerry Anderson I watched as a kid was actually 'Space 1999.' It wasn't until later that I caught up on other shows like 'Thunderbirds' and 'Captain Scarlet.' Gerry was a true visionary of sci-fi design in those days. Even today, his designs look 'futuristic.'

Dynaman878927 Dec 2012 2:04 p.m. PST

> and his pall bearers marionettes….

They are not available but Barbara Bain can fill in…

BrotherSevej27 Dec 2012 6:30 p.m. PST


I didn't even know the name of the show back then when I was a kid.

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Dec 2012 8:42 p.m. PST


Angel Barracks Inactive Member28 Dec 2012 7:04 a.m. PST

Gerry was a true visionary of sci-fi design in those days. Even today, his designs look 'futuristic.'

Agreed, Thunderbirds is still better today than many new sci-fi programmes.

Bob Runnicles28 Dec 2012 9:41 a.m. PST

Very sad; like so many others I grew up on shows like Stingray, Thunderbirds, UFO etc, they contributed greatly to my love of SF and particularly cool vehicles – even today I can be out driving somewhere and see some piece of industrial tech and say "That looks like it came out of Pod 5". My brother and I used to build Lego vehicles and transporters based on things we saw from Thunderbirds all the time.

Thanks for the memories, Gerry! You will be missed!

John Treadaway31 Dec 2012 9:25 a.m. PST

I've made and played games based on so many of his visionary ideas (UFO, Stngray, Captain Scarlet) that it really does seem that a part of me (big kid that I am) – not just a part of my childhood – has gone.

Darn it. You know it had to happen somethime but it still comes as a poke in the eye.

John T

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2012 4:24 p.m. PST

I grew up on Saturday morning Fireball XL5 episodes. See you in syndication, Gerry!

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