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Ah, fond memories~


This was my favorite show when I was a kid -- the robot, the ship racing down the launching track, everything was enthralling to this 4 year old kid.

The next year when I started school it was with my Fireball XL-5 lunch box in
hand. Wish I still had that lunch box today...LOL

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Oh, I used to watch this show all the time when I was young! My parents bought me two turtles, (Very popular as pets back in the early 60's), and I named them Steve and Venus. Some how Steve got out of the tank, and made his way from my bedroom to the kitchen, (a good distance), and crawled under the refrigerator. He would crawl out a bit, then go back under. I can remember my father swearing his head off as he moved the fridge so I could rescue Steve. I also remember the look on his face, (that sent me running from the room), when I told him,"Well, Steve is an explorer. He had to go explore".

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I was ten or eleven and loved this show. Mostly enthralled by what the producers could do with marionettes. I could almost suspend disbelief. Today, I watch the show and am amazed by the work that went into creating this world of theirs. The writing is a little corny but that adds to the fun.

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It was my favorite too. I first saw it when I was ten (c. 1965). I loved the model spaceships and puppets. Although Gerry Anderson's later shows such as Thunderbirds were better in their puppetry techniques, Fireball XL5 always had the most charm for me, and my best childhood hero was Steve Zodiac. Unfortunately I never had the lunchbox as a child, but I do have the replica of it today, which is almost like the original-- except that it doesn't have the thermos.

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