Tag Archive for Obituaries

Teddy Ruxpin

Remembering Teddy Ruxpin creator Ken Forsse (1936-2014)

I was sorry to learn that inventor and television producer Ken Forsse has passed away at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness. Ken was best known as the creator of the popular talking teddy bear Teddy Ruxpin in the 1980s, but few people realize he was also an early pioneer in animatronics and that his famous talking teddy was originally conceived for a puppet show almost a quarter century earlier. Read more →

Lewis Mahlmman

Remembering Lewis Mahlmann (1927-2014)

While we were in the midst of building several hand puppets for PuppetVision: The Movie earlier today, I saw some sad news pop up on Facebook…American puppeteer Lewis Mahlmann had passed away. Although Lewis’ name might not be well-known internationally, he was a puppetry legend in California thanks to his decades of work at one of America’s first themed amusement… Read more →

Rita MacNeil, Flying on Your Own

Rita MacNeil, Flying on Your Own

Beloved Canadian folksinger Rita MacNeil passed away last week and was laid to rest yesterday in her hometown of Big Pond, Nova Scotia. She had no real connection to puppetry, but her music has been a staple in the act of The Famous PEOPLE Players (FPP) for many years. As a tribute to Rita last week the company posted two… Read more →

Clinton Detweiler

Rest in Peace Clinton Detweiler (1936 – 2013)

Sadly, I just learned that Clinton Detweiler – who was an important pioneer in the American Ventriloquist community – passed away yesterday following a heart attack. Clinton’s daughter Joy posted this earlier today on his blog: It is with heavy hearts we inform you that Clinton Detweiler passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on January 22, 2013. His love for ventriloquism and… Read more →