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Puppeteer Jim Martin to Attend Retro Con!

June 12, 2015 1 comment

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 We are delighted to announce the inclusion of puppeteer Jim Martin to Retro Con 2015!


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With a career spanning more than 30 years, Jim has performed on such esteemed series as “Captain Kangaroo”, “The Puzzle Place,” Disney’s “Bear In The Big Blue House,” “Johnny And The Sprites“, and has spent over 20 years working on “Sesame Street” as both a performer and a director. He has won 5 Emmy Awards to date for his directing work!


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“Well… HELLO There!
This Gary Gnu
And The No Gnews IS Good Gnews Show!
The Only TV Program Guaranteed To Contain No Gnews Whatsoever!”


But if you were a kid in the 80’s, you most likely remember a little TV program called The Great Space Coaster. The show with the super-catchy theme song and eclectic cast of characters ran for 250 episodes from 1981 to 1986 and is still widely revered to this day. Well, Jim had the distinction of puppeteering and voicing fan-favorite “No Gnewscaster” Gary Gnu on the series!
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With a tendency to add a hard “G” sound to words such as “g-naturally” and “g-nice”, in his segments Gary would introduce film clips of weird sporting events, people in silly situations, bizarre inventions, etc., and would give his own insightful commentary on them. Things would be punctuated by Gary’s “film crew” that would often heckle him and toss items into frame.

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 Jim also performed other characters on the show, such as the scheming ringmaster “M. T. Promises”, along with “Baffle”- the spellcasting alien that can see 12 minutes into the future!

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A few years ago, Jim bought the rights to The Great Space Coaster and is working hard to digitize the 2 inch reel-to-reel video tapes that contain the last remaining copies of the original series. Since TGSC is a time capsule of the 80’s, including iconic music and celebrity appearances, it is definitely worth preserving!!


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Jim and his wife Crystal will be at the show all weekend and will have a booth to display some of their work from over the years, along with a Gary Gnu puppet made by members of the team that made the original Great Space Coaster puppets! They may also be hosting a panel on Puppetry in Film and Television at the show (time and day to be determined). We thank Jim and Crystal for reaching out to us to be part of the show this year!!


Please help Jim’s crusade to preserve and revive The Great Space Coaster by supporting the pages he is affiliated with!


Great Space Coaster Official Facebook page….



Jim Martin’s Website…