Sunday, August 10, 2008

Their Family History Dates Back to the 1940s

Brothers Sid and Marty Krofft, who filled my childhood hours with such shows as "Land of the Lost" and "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters," have been living a lie.

Sid and Marty are supposedly fifth-generation puppeteers, dating to the opening of the Krofft Theater in the early 1700s in Athens, Greece. It is a truly amazing tale and cited in almost every article every written about them, and it’s the first line of their bio.

It is also not true. It was cooked up by a New York publicist in the 1940s. The brothers have carried it with them ever since, until Sid Krofft suddenly decided to clear his conscience in an interview for this story.

“It became a trap,” Sid explained, shaking his head. “I was telling Marty the other day how bad it is that some of his children even have heard it and believe it.” [Link]


H.R. Pufnstuf! Say it isn't so!
(One of my very favorite Saturday morning shows when I was a kid!)

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