Sunday, March 04, 2007
A New Visitor in the Land of the Lost
Mainly I blog about thrift stores, but this is principally a page about things I care about. So I'd like to take a moment to remember Walker Edmiston, a prolific voice and character actor, who should be highly regarded by anyone who was weaned on kid's television in the 1970s. If you check out his IMDB page (linked above) you'll be truly stunned by the depth and breadth of his career. Although he played many more famous roles, I will always remember him in the role of Enik the Sleestack (my avatar and namesake), a pivotal character in my favorite television show ever, The Land of the Lost. Playing the intelligent, trickster-like, lizard/insect humanoid, Mr. Edmiston was the first person to introduce me (at the age of 6) to adult concepts like the plot-twist, the notion that enemies can become friends, the possibilities of time travel, the promises and pitfalls of science, and perhaps best of all, the boundlessness fruits of one's own imagination. I just learned that he died a few weeks ago, on February 15th, at the young age of 81. He will be missed.