Most people don't know what to make of it when I tell them I'm interested in puppets. Some people people seem spooked by the idea. Maybe they've seen too many episodes of Twilight Zone.
I enjoy puppets because they are able to abstract human personalities and foibles. In them we see ourselves, concentrated and condensed, with all our lovable quirks, good and bad.
I particularly enjoyed watching the Muppet characters on Sesame Street when my son Brandon was growing up. Inspired by that, I learned everything I could about video puppetry, and in 1989 I started a sideline company that specialized in puppetry for corporate videos and events. Along the way I had the privilege of taking workshops with some of the star Muppet performers, and met a wonderfully zany bunch of puppeteer friends.