HOW THE ZENITHOIDS CAME TO EXIST (I): CHILDHOOD
Back in 1969 I was 8 years old and my first inspiration (that I can remember) was from watching the movie "Forbidden Planet" but at the time I didn't even know it was an inspiration, I was just having fun being a kid! But I'll never forget that first moment when I saw Robby the Robot step out of that strange looking truck he drove. I was equally as fascinated as the crew of the C57D was when they were approached by this autonomous machine. Then Robby the Robot started to converse with the crew, this put me in awe and was a pivotal point in my life and from that point forward I was hooked on science fiction.
Other inspirations included a few television programs "Lost in Space, Star Trek & The Jetsons"
I was very captivated by science fiction, especially by stories with robot characters. At the age of 8 years old I would sketch pencil drawings of my own robot designs and continued drawing things of this nature up to the age of about 13. I also had several toy robots and used to take them apart and pretend I was working on their internal systems. After a few more years I had developed a great interest in electronics and at the age of 16 I chose this field as my career.
During my early adulthood, I excelled in my profession of electronics, engineering and designing. In my late teens and through my twenties I became so involved in my work that I lost touch and drifted away from my passion for science fiction, artwork and drawing robots even though I was still a fan of science fiction, I was just not as passionate as I was when I was younger.
To be continued...
[image sources: Paul J. Berryhill]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
"Back in 1969 I was 8 years old and my first inspiration to "the Zenithoids" was from watching the movie "Forbidden Planet."
"Christmas eve 1966. Me with a toy robot."