Every year, at Christmas, it seems that somebody special leaves us. Yesterday it was Gerry Anderson, who helped create some of the greatest characters, the greatest shows, and the greatest fantasies of our youth.
Thunderbirds, Stingray, Joe 90, and my own favourite - Fireball XL5 - and so many more as well. I watched these shows even before I saw, as a schoolboy, Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. But Anderson was not a fantasist, he was a harbinger of things to come. Anderson saw our future.
The sad fact that Neil Armstrong and Gerry Anderson left us in the same year will not be lost on those of us who as children looked up at the stars believing that against all the odds we would get there.
Their legacy can be found here.