- As a child, I saw the movie Forbidden Planet and began to emulate the high-tech robot. Then, there was Lost in Space and, later, Michael Jackson and his robot dance. But I was sort of doing that before he was. In ’88, a friend told me, “You should really do something with that art.”
- There’s an age between 18 months and 3 years you have to be really careful with. You can’t startle the child. I look them in the eyes and approach. The second I sense fear, I back up.
- I call them the “Shirley Temple types,” and I can always spot them. They kick me in the shin to see if I’m real. ... You just do an about-face and get out of there.
- I love it so much when parents take the time to dress children up. The kids are small for such a short time.
- A girl accidentally broke off my wind-up key once, but Mr. Jingeling took me to his toy shop to fix me. You have to improvise. We never missed a beat.
- When you’re picking up hundreds of kids a day, oh yeah, it’s a workout. People have told me I don’t realize how strong I am.
- A couple of Aleves in case the joints hurt. But, really, you’re so in the moment that you don’t feel it.
- I get very hurt inside when someone says, “Doesn’t that get boring?” Never. How could it?
- I don’t have children of my own. This is my gift to kids.
in the cle
12:00 AM EST
November 17, 2009