Terry Becker (1921-2014)

It is with deep sadness that we have learned from his family that our dear friend Terry Becker, Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea passed away on Tuesday 30th December 2014.

We are so glad that Terry and his wife Linda were able to attend and enjoy the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 50th Anniversary Reunion in October 2014, and that attending fans were able to enjoy Terry's wonderful and mischievious sense of humour. We have much to remember Terry by, with his outstanding attendance at the 1998 VIP convention in Sheffield England, and so many fun appearances in Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

We want to echo Allan Hunt's words of warmth when remembering Terry, saying "The Chief lived a long and active life for all of us to admire and appreciate. It was an honor to know and work with him. On Voyage he was a friend and supportive co-worker, as was Del Monroe, rest him."

After some private grieving time and a family service on 5th January, his family have created a very special online memorial where you can leave messages of condolence. Our love and heartfelt sympathies goes to everyone who knew and worked with Terry over his long and illustrious life.

Solomon "Terry" Becker Memorial

Robert Kinoshita

Lost in Space Robot designed by

More sad news from the Irwin Allen production "family". Robert Kinoshita, designer of the iconic Lost in Space B9 Robot and Forbidden Planet's Robbie the Robot (who also guest starred in two episodes of Lost in Space) died on 9th December 2014, at the grand age of 100.

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Merry Christmas from The Irwin Allen News Network

We've been through a very sad few years which has made it difficult to do much on the IANN site in recent times, but wanted to take this opportunity to send everyone our very best wishes for the festive season and to look forward to the new year with renewed energies. There is much to celebrate in the new year with the 50th Anniversary of Lost in Space, and the reunion at the January Hollywood Show. All the very best for 2015!



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