Sunday, March 04, 2007

A New Visitor in the Land of the Lost

1926-2007

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.

9 comments:

Dhuffy said...

Good tribute to an unsung hero...except probably not in your household.

Jenny said...

Sorry for your loss.

Hey, btw, you really didn't need to link my blog. Really. It's not that interesting. I'm going to feel the need to be witty or something now, instead of just whiny. Really, how can reading and arithmetic woes compete with French Martians, Manchester Morgues, or beer? Of course a little beer now and then might make our little homeschool more interesting. Can you imagine Cameron drunk? Yikes.

Hey, as long as I've got you here... I'm always on the lookout for old McGuffy Readers if you ever come across them. Have I mentioned that to you before?

eniksleestack said...

Hey, Jenny

Haven't seen many McGuffey Readers. But I have seen whole runs of Highlights Magazine usually from the late 60s and early 70s, hardcover and everything. I'll keep an eye out though.

Enik1138 said...

If you're interested in Land of the Lost, you might want to visit my fan site with coverage of both versions of the TV series and the latest news on the upcoming movie.

http://personal.linkline.com/enik1138/

TinaFeyFan said...

The career of the late Walker Edmiston goes WAY, WAY back before the 70s..try the fifties! He was on Bob CLampoett's Beany puppet and cartoon as William Shakespeare Wolf and on the Flintstones another time..
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