Here is a video about Alan Cook, a 53 year old puppeteer who’s private collection surpasses the 800 puppets at the Detroit Institute for the Arts, the 1,300 puppets at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts and the 3,000 puppets at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut.
He has known and worked closely with some of the most renowned puppeteers of the modern era, including Frank Paris, creator of the Howdy Doody puppet; Jim Henson; and Sid and Marty Krofft.
Alan Cook resume includes working during the 1970s on a Las Vegas act involving a chorus line of dancing puppets that opened up for actress Raquel Welch. He helped make hamburger puppets sing for a television commercial for McDonaldâ€™s restaurants. He worked with stop-action animation in the 1960s to help bring the Pillsbury Doughboy and Davey and Goliath to life.
Along the way, he became a member of Americaâ€™s tight-knit league of puppeteers. Puppeteers share a bond, partly from being part of what Cook describes as the orphan child of the performing arts. They look after each other, knowing few outside of puppetry understand their passion.
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