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Lost In Space

Danger, Will Robinson! I have your Robot!

I've always been a Science-Fiction fan. I grew up watching Star Trek, Twilight Zone and of course, Lost in Space. Lost in Space was always a favorite because of te fact that Will Robinson, who was just a kid, had his very own robot. It was actually the entire crews' robot, but it was Will's buddy. The robot was a friend, a companion and a paternal figure. They always wandered off together getting into mischief or peril. Being a child in the 60's, exposed to all the great Sci-Fi, I wanted my own robot. I fed my Sci-Fi appetite comic books and movies as I grew up. One year for Halloween, I even made a robot costume, and took 3rd place at the local fire house costume contest. But a robot made out of cardboard was not enough. I needed something bigger and better. Not just a costume but a real robot, one like Will's. I took electronics in high school and went on to become an electrical engineer. I got married and had a family. Several years went by, the internet grew and electronic components got smaller and more powerful. I was always tinkering with electronics in my spare time, making small projects and gadgets, but I still had that urge deep down in my gut to actually build a robot. Not just any robot but the B9 Robot. The robot from Lost in Space.

I subscribed to the "Toy Shop" a monthly newspaper (a now defunct publication) that featured classified ads for all types of collectible toys. One month in the early 90's I noticed an ad in the back stating "Build your own Lost in Space Robot". They were selling the B9 Robot Torso and promised more parts. I never sent away for information but I always remembered that ad. Years later in the late 90's, while surfing the internet I began the search. This was back when the internet was no more than plain looking web pages with those over-used animated gif's. What I was surprised to find was a small group of people who had banded together with a common goal, to build their own Lost in Space robot, the B9 Robot. I was hooked. I did months of research on what drawings were available and what parts people were making themselves or buying from others. I contacted someone who had a torso mold made from the original robot and placed my order.

I then sat the family down on the couch and announced my intentions of building my own Lost in Space Robot. I showed them the binder of B9 Robot drawings and material I had collected and told them that a torso was on the way.

Read more: Danger, Will Robinson! I have your Robot!

A Project Out Of This World

I had a reporter contact me a while back. Apparently he came across my web site and wanted to do a newspaper article on me in our small local newspaper. It turned out pretty good. The article appeared on the front page of the paper. While just a small local paper, it was a first for me. Click on the picture to read the entire article. Tell me what you think. Funny thing is that's twice now my wife has called me crazy, in print!

In Memory of Dick Tufeld

Dick Tufeld

(Voice of the B9 Robot)

1926 - 2012

Dick passed away at the age of 85. I never had the pleasure of meeting Dick, but he, along with Bob May were the unsung heroes of Lost in Space. Together, the two of them brought our B9 Robot to life, gave it a personality and provided it with a soul.

Dick was very gracious to the B9 Builders club and made available his talents, recording 100's of custom sayings, words and dialog. To be able to have access to the original voice talent 45 years after the show ended is unheard of. I am fortunate to be able to have his custom B9 sayings recited by my B9 replica.

When the B9 robot speaks my name, in the same voice that came out of the robot in 1966, when I was a young child, that gives me chills. Thank you Dick!

I'm In Print

A book came out about Robot Building and where to get information if you want to building your own. It's called the Robot Builder's Sourcebook. It is a must-have book for building any type of robot. It has sources for small motors and gears, plastic and molding materials as well as info on motor controllers and microcontroller. It’s a never ending resource. It also includes web page links for many amateur robot builders. My site is featured on page 205. I've got my home page pictured and everything. How cool is that? If you want to order the book you can click on the link to take you directly to Amazon. It lists for $25 but you can buy it used for much less.

In Memory of Bob May

Bob May

The Man Inside the B9 Robot

1939 - 2009

Bob passed away at the age of 69. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob at several conventions. He always had a joke or story to tell. His many Lost in Space anecdotes gave a behind the scenes look at the people that made the show possible. I must have heard the story of when they left him locked inside the robot as a joke one afternoon, a dozen times. But each time I laughed.

Most importantly, Bob would listen to his fans. He loved interacting with them and answering their unending questions. He always appreciated it when one of the B9 robots appeared with him at a convention and would thank us for coming.

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