Nerds Unlimited

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This fun pic is being brought to you by the “Dale-ectable” Dale Rogerson.  Thank-you, Dale.  I can’t wait to see you serving up that chicken soup you promised me and je préviens de vous voir porter aussi votre costume de femme de chambre. 


OK, so, you’re getting a re-run.  This story first appeared March 12, 2016.

The title has nothing to do with the story, yet it does.  It has more to do with the reader of it, maybe even the author.  We’ll see.

Dedicated to all our British friends.


They always traveled together, so Steve felt it was the time to make the play.  He turned his chair, looked her in the face.

“Listen, we’ve been doing this for a long time now and I just want you to know I’m very fond of you.”  The rest of the speech seemed to work, until he started to sing the most “romantic” song he could think of.

“My heart would be a fireball, a fireball if you would be my Venus of the sta-a-ars.”

Venus stared at him with disdain.  “Forget it, Zodiac.  I have a pulled neck string.”



Enjoy the Fireball XL5 theme song!



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49 Responses to Nerds Unlimited

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Now that takes me back

  2. Dear Cuzzin Kent,

    That was good for a retro chuckle…punctuated by thunder.


    Cuzzin Shelley

    • wmqcolby says:

      They have the colorized version, too. Usually I don’t like colorization because it’s done so badly. However, this colorization is really good! Probably because they have better computers and they have puppets.

  3. trentpmcd says:

    OK, I didn’t get it until I watched the video. Pretty funny.

  4. Dale says:

    Je vous trouve très audacieux, Monsieur, de suggérer que je m’habille en femme de chambre..
    I cannot say Chamber Maid is in my “go-to” wardrobe…

  5. wmqcolby says:

    J’étais en train d’agir. D’ailleurs, je pense que vous seriez très mignon dans une tenue de chambre.
    If no soup, spaghetti will do. About a mile of it, for starters.

  6. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! I don’t think I’ve seen Steve Zodiac in forty years. Strangely enough the words of the song came back to me. Thanks for the video (and the re-run).

  7. Cracking knock-back!

  8. wmqcolby says:

    Hahaha! Thanks, Clare.

  9. Rowena says:

    Thanks very much for sharing Steve Zodiac. I wasn’t even thought about when this was made but I grew up with the Thunderbirds and it reminded me of them.
    I enjoyed your flash, and the last line which made sense after watching the clip. Made me laugh.
    xx Rowena

  10. wmqcolby says:

    Thanks, Rosemary!

  11. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Glad you posted the video, sad to say I didn’t get the story until I played it. Now I find this hilarious.

  12. The video made sense of it for me too! Really funny.

    My story is called ‘Someone’

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thanks, Keith! I thought it might be good for a chuckle this weekend.

      I read yours, too. Very good. Silence is golden and sometimes speaks more than mere words. Very poetic, great! I’m commenting here because blogspot doesn’t allow me to comment anymore. 😦

    • wmqcolby says:

      I really love puppets, as you know already, and this was terrific. If I had seen this as a little kid, I would have been a die-hard fan as an adult. But, i saw it too late in life. It IS fun stuff, though.

  13. Now I’m reminiscing, and I love the posh British accents. Actors with plummy voices like that would be back of the queue these days, if contemporary children’s TV is anything to go by!

    • wmqcolby says:

      I read that Gerry Anderson’s desire was to break into the American market. That’s why he had American voices (some of whose I recognized as imitations of known American character actors — he learned well!) and even shows like Stingray went the distance with puppets modeled after American actors. I think retro can be fun for kids who have never seen stuff like this.

  14. yarnspinnerr says:

    Thanks for the video. Enjoyed this one.

  15. granonine says:

    Playing the music while reading really set the mood. Great ending line 🙂

  16. wmqcolby says:

    It’s a cute show and fun for the little ones, I would think. But, I love the 1960’s gimmickry. Back when cool was REALLY cool.

  17. Lynn Love says:

    What, you mean the singing didn’t win her over? Love the ‘pulled neck string’ line – is that the puppet equivalent of washing your hair? Remember many Gerry Anderson programmes (Thunderbirds especially) but not this one – I shall have to investigate. Great tale, Kent – made me smile

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thanks, Lynn.
      No, I guess the song didn’t do it for ol’ Steve Zodiac. Too bad. It’s pretty catchy. I got exposed to Gerry Anderson shows starting with UFO, then Space: 1999. When I bought a couple of books on TV science fiction (as a teen) I saw Gerry Anderson had sci-fi puppet shows in Supermarionation. WOULD that we Americans had it, too! Fortunately, there’s Youtube, so there’s a lot of catching up to do. I loved the 60’s!

      • Lynn Love says:

        Oh, I clearly remember Space 1999 too! They screened it Sunday afternoons here I think – very exciting with Martin Landau as the beleaguered leader. Ah, those slinky beige flares they all wore! Happy days. Glad you discovered Supermarionation – a pleasure from my childhood.

      • wmqcolby says:

        How about that? It aired here in Kansas City on Sunday afternoons, too! 4:00 PM or something. Made my “day before school” extra special. I have always admired Martin Landau’s acting and mimicking skills. Have you seen him on the old Mission: impossible series with his then-wife, Barbara Bain? They were terrific! Good character actors both of them.

        Yeah, and those costumes on Space: 1999 we’re pretty far-out, but it made me exited for the future thinking we’d all be up there soon. Well, we can dream … at least Gerry Anderson made a killing out of it. 😀

  18. Michael Wynn says:

    Ha ha, ain’t nothing gonna happen with a pulled neck string

  19. James says:

    Fireball XL5 is one of my guilty pleasures. I still get a thrill from the opening sequence when Fireball launches. I recall an episode where Steve Zodiac actually sings the ending theme song.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Really? Very cool! It IS a good thrilling intro. Gotta grab the attention of the kids first. In fact, Gerry Anderson once said in an interview that his format was to blow things up because little kids like to see them blow up. I’m pretty sure of that! 😀

  20. Thanks for the link. I get it now, haha.

  21. wmqcolby says:

    You’re welcome, Dawn. It does work better for the “uninitiated” with the link.

  22. draliman says:

    Ha, “neck string” 🙂 I’m at work and can’t hear the video but it’s already earwormed its way in, as I was nerd enough to have watched the show (not when it was first shown, of course!).

    • wmqcolby says:

      Hahaha! Well, I never saw it on American shores until Youtube, but it has been around a long time, huh? I guess Venus just doesn’t like getting pulled on tonight. 😉

  23. michael1148humphris says:

    Memories are made of this.

  24. Just as good the second time around, Kent. I love the part about the pulled neck string. Not many can give that excuse. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne

  25. plaridel says:

    it’s bloody funny. instead of singing, he should have dug in right away. 🙂

  26. wmqcolby says:

    Ohhhh, BOY! Steve Zodiac would probably have been like Pinocchio — break the strings! 😀

  27. kalpana solsi says:

    Venus and Steve……. remembered my school days. nostalgia.

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