~...La-DE-da-DE-da, What’s the Name of that Show?~ My favorite non-M. puppet memories were not from TV but from live performances at shopping malls, fairs, places like that. I got to see a hippo ballerina marionette, boy & girl hand puppets swinging to “Hey, Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’?,” and a little dude with a manner reminiscent of Beauregard’s who sang I tried to kiss my girlfriend Ah-when she wasn’t peekin’ But I missed ‘er mouth and I kissed ‘er nose And the doggone thing was leakin’. But (although I’ve forgotten a few little details, such as, oh... what it was called!), there was one live puppet show presented for children that really stuck in my mind because it was so twisted. But then, I was a twisted kid, so I went for that sort of thing. This particular show featured a salesman demonstrating a vacuum cleaner that not only moved on its own, but also sang Johnny Mathis tunes. The lady of the house asked how much it cost, and he replied, “Your first born child.” Before he told her he was just kidding, she readily agreed to this price and called her little boy into the room. The main storyline, though, was about a germ that started off germ-sized but kept growing and growing and GROWING until finally it was a person in a giant furry dark germ costume who lumbered out from behind the stage. I remember a lot of children in the audience who (a) were younger than I was, (b) sat closer to the stage, and (c) are probably still in therapy to this day. Does anyone, by some chance, know anything more about this hallucination-in-the-felt from the early- to mid- 1980s? (This was in northern West Virginia; I don’t know if the group, whoever they were, toured nationally.) (Or, have you seen and loved any other puppet kiddie shows that made it seem like the people in charge were born in the Land of Gorch?) I’m really curious. I’m still a twisted kid.