I am a long-time puppet geek. I work for Folkmanis Puppets and I also sell and make puppets.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
I think my Dad brought home some Steiff Puppets from Germany when I was very young. I also was fortunate to have some very talented traveling puppeteers perform at my elementary school when I was young. They performed elaborate marionette productions of "Pinocchio" and "The Man of La Mancha." I was so hooked by the theatricality of it all. Then there was the muppets...
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Kukla and Ollie plus Crow T. Robot from MST3k. And then there's Oscar the Grouch.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
The Steiff Rabbit puppet from the 50's.
More About Me:
I'm also a filmmaker and directed, co-wrote and produced the feature documentary film "Ringers: Lord of the Fans." This film comically explores how the book, "The Lord of the Rings" influenced pop culture from the 1950's through today.
I also make stuff like websites, paintings, clothing, toys and various Steampunk creations.