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Forget Citigroup, Puppet Show Needs a Bailout

This has been seen on other blogs, and I’m passing this on.

According to The New York Times article Forget Citigroup, Puppet Show Needs a Bailout, a theater that has been continuously operating since 1961, Bob Baker Marionette Theatre is in financial trouble and struggling to stay open. And our current economy doesn’t help either.

I first learned about the theater when I saw some info on a screening (which I couldn’t make) and then I heard a story about Bob Baker and the theater on the local public radio station KPCC. The story I heard was that the puppet theater has been enchanting the audience for several decades, especially when people weren’t bombarded with hundreds of TV channels and the internet. I grew up in Taiwan and also was probably too young to witness its golden era, but it was certainly a story that made me go “ah, I wonder what it’d be like to be there.” Okay, I should probably get to the point:

It would be sad to lose this landmark.

Now, Bob Baker is trying his best to work out deals with the bank and so on, but the fact is, money needs to be raised. Let’s help the theater stay open. I mean, do it to preserve more tradition of puppetry and keep a landmark.

Here’s how to donate, according to Mary.

Tax deductible donations can be made to “The Academy of Puppetry and Allied Arts.” Send your check to 1345 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 or call 213-250-9995 to make a donation by credit card.


  1. December 7th, 2008 | 5:58 am

    I would much rather see this sort of bailout! Why we need to bail out the banks so people can keep digging themselves further in debt to them, I just don’t know.

  2. December 7th, 2008 | 4:06 pm

    In addition to spreading the words, this also serves as a reminder for me to give them a call on Monday.

    I have mixed feeling about the banks. Do they deserve the bailout? If your bank make bad loans, you deserve to be out of the market by natural selection. However, there’s also the issue of the freezing of the credits. Companies are having more and more trouble getting loans and will have to close, which is going to affect more and more people that they hire or do business with. It’s not an attempt to save these particular banks, but an attempt to keep the economy from falling into chaos. I have mixed feelings about it, but I think the bailout probably needs to be done.

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