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‘Lost In Space’ Gave Us a Robot We Could Either Love or Laugh At

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It was 1965. The middle of what a lot of people recall as ‘those wild and crazy 60’s’. The time of the Beatles, LBJ, long hair and hippies.

And then there was the Robot.

He was introduced to us in the fall of 1965 along with the rest of the Robinson Family and the bumbling, fumbling pain-in-the-neck Dr. Smith.

It was ‘Lost In Space’ and through the spring of 1968, we followed the adventures of this futuristic clan from planet to planet, from alien life-form to alien-life form.

Now for those of you who are, shall we say, younger, well this wasn’t the science fiction of today. Hard as it is to believe, the special effects weren’t, uh, computer generated.

Nope, these special effects were pretty much latex body suits, some animal fur here and there, plastic well placed (or maybe not so well placed) and anything that was silver and shiny.

And in the midst of it all was…The Robot.

Dick Tufeld provided the voice of the Robot (and, by the way, the opening narration for each episode). In this video, he explains how he got the job of being one of the iconic TV voices of the 1960’s.

Dick passed away a little over a year and a half ago at the age of 85. But, thanks to re-runs, he’s still around saying…

Danger Will Robinson…danger!’

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