File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 166


Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:43:57 -0800 (PST)
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Cc: kmkahn-AT-gte.verizon
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Zink marionettes & Israeli Festival 2007


Yse, we met Shoshi!  she was delighttul and gave Karen a Star of David necklace drop after Karen sang a song in Hebrew that her Grandmother taught her as a child. Karen has worn it often...Karen is not technically Jewish but of a Jewish background  and knows a lot about the religion, You would enjoy meeting her..a senior B757 Captain who has had her share of challenges working in a "man's" field. she has written a book, "Flight Guide for Success" Tips and Tactics for the Aspiring Airline Pilot and is in demand as a speaker as well as holding down a full time job at Continental. She flies out of Houston, and In February will be flying mostly Newark turns...She also has her own twin engine Baron.  if anyone sees a senior female Captain in uniform in Houston or Newark with short grayish hair, say "hello for me."  That's Captain Kahn.

 Google her for more information. She lives in Santa Barbara.  It may not say that she is fascinated with puppets, but she has accompanied me on trips to Tahiti, Bolivia, Belarus, Siberia, Moscow, Serbia Israel, Siberia, Croatia, Italy, Japan, the Carribbean, France, Germany, ,Guatemala and around the USA. including the Fest in St. Paul two years ago.she helped me with a teaching assignment at Como, Italy two years ago.  We took a Fiat Car seat and cut if up for the body and crafted the heads from flat 1/2 inch foam backpacking pads,   You would think all we do is travel.  Not so, but seems that way. Karen had been most helpful to me traveling and setting up for shows.  Once when we were already on the airplane in Houston, the copilot didn't show up for the trip.  She popped into the CoPilot's seat and we were off on time for Florida.   (she was fully qualified, so all that was necessary was to correct the paperwork.)  

Shoshi is one of the Holon Directors and a delightful hostess.  Jim Gamble

----- Original Message ----
From: Carol Sterling <CSterling-AT-brooklynartscouncil.org>
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org; Alan Cook <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
Cc: kmkahn-AT-verizon.net
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 11:30:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Zink marionettes & Israeli Festival 2007


Thanks, Jim, for this overview and beyond.  By the way, when you were
 in
Israel, did you meet Shoshi Feurlich?  I think she may be the director
 of
the puppetry center you mentioned.  Let me know.
Carol Sterling 


-----Original Message-----
From: puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org
 [mailto:puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org]
On Behalf Of Jim Gamble
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:47 PM
To: Alan Cook
Cc: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org; kmkahn-AT-verizon.net
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Zink marionettes & Israeli Festival 2007

Alan and others with intense interest in puppetry (this turns out to be
 a
very long post.)  Jim Gamble

 I'm just now getting to over 2000 messages appearing in my Puptcrit
 Mail
box after my accident and my suddenly remembering my user ID and
 password.
I didn't send a writeup on the Israeli Puppet Festival which in opinion
 was
one of the best ever. I met the President of UNIMA there and of course
 many
old friends from other Festivals.  They were celebrating their new
 Puppet
Cultural Center which was envied by all.  I see by the date you wrote
 this
email was long before my accident, but my long term memory is stll
 great.

Outstanding performances were given by the two German puppeteers one
 named
Marc, and the trio from Spain." Trek y Trek"  There were many others
 from
Israel and other European countries.  Weather was excellent for the out
 of
doors Festival, but they have a new inside venue too for about 500 and
 a
museum.  I must review my programs to comment on the various acts and
 groups
who performed. (unfortunetly programs are in Hebrew, which makes it
difficult for me to read.)  All in all, it was an excellent Festival
 and I
was treated like Royalty...with VIP reception at the door of the
airplane!!!! (as it turned out, Karen who accompanied me on this and
 many
other trips knew some of the crew....who were surprised to find us
completing passport control, etc. as they arrived at that station.
  Imagine
the crew being second in line to "puppeteers!"  We had escorts for
 every
outing, for every ride from the hotel to the center and return.  We
 were
never in any danger,
 the organizing committee took excellent care of us.  M thanks to Ilan
 Savir
and his staff for excellent treatment.  (Some may remember some of the
organizing committee who attended the UNIMA meeting in Atlanta a few
 years
back.

Now, a comment or two about Zink marionettes.  In 1966, during my last
 few
weeks in the Air Force I met Frau Zink in Frankfurt, Germany.  She
 wanted to
give me some of her marionettes to insure "future life" of her
 well-loved
characters. I still have most of those she gave to me.  They were
 German-
styled marionettes with solid carved heads about 18 inches in height.
  I was
surprised that she gave them to ME instead of offering them to a German
Museum.  There were some early 20th century posters and a number of
characters from various plays.  At the time I circulated info about
 Zink
Marionettes but before the age of internet got very little response.  I
 gave
one or two away to collectors, but still have most of characters.  I
 asked
my German puppeteer friends about Zink Marionettes but they were
 unknown to
the younger German puppeteers. Perhaps someone now will post info,
 since
pupcrit is read internationally.

I have heard from puppeteers from around the world sending thei best
 wishes
for my speedy recovery.  just yesterday I heard form Ray and Joan
 DaSilva in
England (many of you know them) we discussed out meetings in England in
1956, in Japan in 1980 and at other Festivals in America.  Puppetry can
bring personal relationships together over many, many years.  Although
 I
just turned 70, Ray reminded me he is older, enjoying excellent health,
living in a small town in England...and also a bike rider!!!  Jim
 Gamble

----- Original Message ----
From: Alan Cook <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com>
To: Jim Gamble <jimsan777-AT-yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 9:28:39 AM
Subject: Re: Zink marionettes


Can you send a report to Puppet Life on the Israel booking?

By the by, in my lecture at St Paul Library yesterday I showed a pic of
 your Pinocchio and mentioned that as far as I know, you have to be the
 most widely travelled puppeeer ever.

I welcome any info on the Zink puppets.

A few weeks ago I thought I would be able to rescue wood crates of an
 incomplete  "Storm at Sea" used by Prof Till's Vaudeville marionette
 troupe. The heir was anxious to leave Salem MA and return to
 FL--Greyhound
 would not take the crates so she junked them without telling me of the
 shipping problem. IF I hasd known, I think I could have had Boston
 puppeteers go get the stuff--would have made a great RESTORATION
 project
 and I think could have gotten grant funding---not exactly a puppet
 show---more like puppet scenery without puppets--and a bit like
 pre-newsreels of disasters. It may have been the last one to survive,
 which
makes
 me sick---so close to being saved. And the heir's father had spent
 decades working on it in spare time.

Another sad example of lost history.

I can only do what I CAN do.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Gamble
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 8:45 AM
To: Alan Cook
Subject: Re: Zink marionettes

Dear Alan,

I'm sorry not to be in St. Paul also, but I was there
a couple of years ago, and it's been since 2001 since
I performed in Israel.....c'est la vie!  Let me know
how the Fest is....

sincerely, Jim 


--- Alan Cook <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com> wrote:

> Hey Jim!
> 
> I've just gotten home from St Paul tonight. Not too
> thrilled with Northwest Air---lots of cancellations,
> and on time 50% to boot.
> 
> I marvel that I arrived in St Paul in time to
> install 30 puppets ar St Paul Central Public Library
> cases on 1st/3rd floors and did a talk Wed at noon.
> At least I got home as scheduled and my luggage
> arrived with me.
> 
> An awful lot of people have been bitching about NWA
> including me, and I am not looking forward to using
> NWA in July to get to Fest. Sorry to hear I don't
> get to see you in St Paul.
> 
> Well, the Library cases look good in St Paul and
> response has already been good even during
> installation Sun & Mon. Tuesday we worked on labels
> with help ftom Paul Eide & Wayne Kretzky. I did get
> to visit with them and 6 other Guild members Tues
> nite and visit In the Heart of the Beast Puppet &
> Mask Theater's facility including classroom space,
> office and storage space. They kindly lent a mask
> and a hand puppet for my library exhibit and I
> brought my Donald Cordry Clown with me on ths trip.
> 
> ALAN
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Gamble
> Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 12:35 PM
> To: alangregorycook-AT-msn.com
> Subject: Zink marionettes
> 
> Dear Alan,
> 
> I love reading your posts....I don't know if I
> mentioned or not, but during my final year at Rhein
> Main, Germany (USAF) this young Captain (me) was
> contaced by Frau Zink, the last of a line of family
> marionettists who must have been working prior to
> WWII.  She wanted to do something with her
> marionettes
> and gave a number of them to me.  I have not been
> able
> to learn much about the Zink Marionetten, but I
> think
> I may have shown you a poster.  (Maybe I can find
> something on the web.)
> 
> I really have no use for them, but I think they are
> still packed away near where I had the Coleman
> marionettes.  Do you know anything about them?
> 
> Best regards, Jim
> 
> BTW, I'll be performing for the Holon Puppet Theater
> Festival near Tel Aviv during the same week as PoA
> Fest.  (Baring all out war, that is.)  Sorry, I
> cannot
> be in two places at once. I know you were in the
> Army
> about 1954-56, because we met in Bowling Green a
> that
> time, but where were you stationed?  Did you get the
> opportunity to visit Europe during your Army years? 
> I
> remember Jim Menke went into the Army about the same
> time and spent most of his time working on USO
> shows.
> Luck of the draw, I suppose.
> 
>  
> 
> 
>      
>
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