File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 167

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Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 19:57:13 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Zink marionettes & Israeli Festival 2007

Thanks, Jim, for the update.   In fact, when I worked in Israel many years
ago (as an educational puppeteer I met her) and we have remained friends
over the years.  She visited me in Manhattan about three months after my
husband had just passed away ( 2 1/2 years ago).  She also made me a
beautiful collage with the word "LOVE" in Hebrew which adorns my apartment.
Glad she and Karen and you connected.
Quite a story about Karen. If she comes into the NY area, I would love to
meet her if she has an overnight.
Tell her to email me at: or call me at
646-241-9595. I am sure we would have a lot in common.
Cheers and keep getting better with each passing day.

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Jim Gamble
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:44 PM
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 <>
To:; Alan Cook <>
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
Israel, did you meet Shoshi Feurlich?  I think she may be the director
the puppetry center you mentioned.  Let me know.
Carol Sterling 

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Jim Gamble
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:47 PM
To: Alan Cook
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Zink marionettes & Israeli Festival 2007

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

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

Outstanding performances were given by the two German puppeteers one
Marc, and the trio from Spain." Trek y Trek"  There were many others
Israel and other European countries.  Weather was excellent for the out
doors Festival, but they have a new inside venue too for about 500 and
museum.  I must review my programs to comment on the various acts and
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
other trips knew some of the crew....who were surprised to find us
completing passport control, etc. as they arrived at that station.
the crew being second in line to "puppeteers!"  We had escorts for
outing, for every ride from the hotel to the center and return.  We
never in any danger,
 the organizing committee took excellent care of us.  M thanks to Ilan
and his staff for excellent treatment.  (Some may remember some of the
organizing committee who attended the UNIMA meeting in Atlanta a few

Now, a comment or two about Zink marionettes.  In 1966, during my last
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
characters. I still have most of those she gave to me.  They were
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
Marionettes but before the age of internet got very little response.  I
one or two away to collectors, but still have most of characters.  I
my German puppeteer friends about Zink Marionettes but they were
 unknown to
the younger German puppeteers. Perhaps someone now will post info,
pupcrit is read internationally.

I have heard from puppeteers from around the world sending thei best
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
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

----- Original Message ----
From: Alan Cook <>
To: Jim Gamble <>
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
 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
 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,
 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 <> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Gamble
> Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 12:35 PM
> To:
> 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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