When I was around 6 or 7 years old I became interested in puppets and wanted to do a puppet show. My grandfather was always there to support his grandchildren. Pop Pop, as we called him, found an old upright cabinet television set and gutted it and made it into a puppet theater for me. I made hand puppets out of socks and pieces of cloth, buttons, and other things around the house. I can't remember if he wanted to join in or if I volunteered him against his will but my brother Chris was in on it as well. We had the whole thing set up with a little curtain that could open and close and we thought up little stories for the puppets. After everything was ready it was time for mom and dad to sit through the show. I'm not sure how many we made them sit through but it probably did not last too long before we moved on to the next big thing.
The was one more little related story that for a talent show at the Boy Club I got Chris to be a ventriloquist dummy and I was the ventriloquist. We put together a little act with jokes and stories with the help of mom. She used makeup to give Chris the appearance of a dummy with freckles and lines where the jaw was supposed to move. The talent show was modeled after the "Gong Show" which was very popular at the time. We did not get the gong but I don't think we won anything either. It was a lot of fun.
Monday, May 8, 2017
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