Gerry Anderson (14 April 1929 – 26 December 2012)

For men of a certain age Gerry Anderson – who died aged 83 yesterday – stopped us kicking a ball about, got us in for our tea and fuelled our imaginations. Captain Scarlett, Stingray, Fireball XL5 and Thunderbirds are Go!
He did an awful lot more, was a pioneer, an innovator and an educator. Yet he was never happy doing what he was doing, always striving to be better, always wanting – in his words – to produce the next Ben Hur.
We weren’t interested in all that. Tracy Island was ours and Marina “Aquamarina” was our girl. Gerry Anderson made our childhood special…

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