The fourth in a series of tradeshow appearances by The Lyon Puppets for Moore North America. Quite sensibly, the client wanted the show to thematically tie in with the art installation of life-size cow sculptures in Chicago, so the presentation had a sort of western theme. I wrote the script, which featured the lead host character of Tex Baloo, who, with the help of Moore products, helps a mailcenter manager overcome her problems.
At left, Tex helps Linda, the mailcenter manager, confront an evil gang of envelopes, who give Linda a hard time by all being different sizes and all requiring different handling.
At right, the cast of the show. Standing: Mike Schwabe, from Chicago, who performed the evil envelopes and incompatible data puppets; seated: at left, Carole Simms, who performed Linda, and at right, me, with Tex. The puppets were built by myself, Carole, Brad Pope, and Deborah Glassberg.
Post Script: Sources of the puppets' names: Tex Baloo is the name of a stage manager I once met in Texas, and the puppet Linda was named after Linda LaPooh, a florist in Montclair, NJ. If Linda LaPooh married Tex Blaoo, she'd be Linda LaPooh-Baloo.
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