Monday, 28 June 2010
Dummies: The Professor
The Professor was a firm favourite on the now largely forgotten HTV kid's popular science show 'Well, What Do You Know?', providing comic relief between experiments with the help of his far less intelligent human 'assistant' Mr. Stanley.
Veteran ventriloquist Stanley (he was born in 1915) seemed unable to cope with even a modest level of fame, sadly, and, in 1979, suffered a complete nervous breakdown and was caught trying to push the dummy into the studio incinerator whilst shouting 'shut up, shut up, shut up'.
Tragically, Mr. Stanley died in a house fire in 1981. The Professor was found, intact and undamaged, amongst the debris. He now resides in the National Media Museum in Bradford. Why not pay a visit? He'd love to see you.