July 14, 2020

Grant Imahara

If you read The Pond, you've almost certainly seen Mythbusters, right?  I know I loved the show for most of its run, and while it couldn't really be called "science" it was certainly in the vicinity thereof.  


Less than an hour from when I began typing this, news had broken that Grant Imahara, member of the so-called "Build Team" on Mythbusters, had suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away at the age of 49.  He was known for being the "team geek", the one who specialized in high-tech gadgets and anything needing computers.  Over his entire career, he would probably be best called a roboticist.  He first became known to the public for his appearances on Battlebots, but he also worked for Industrial Light and Magic for years.  Indeed, he was the one in charge of refreshing the old R2-D2s from the original Star Wars trilogy for use in the prequels.  He was also a skilled movie model builder with a list of credits as long as your arm.

However for me, without a doubt, his finest creation has to have been Geoff Peterson, the skeleton-robot from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  Which brought us this moment of incredible hilarity that even after having seen it dozens of times cannot fail to bring me to tears laughing.
Thank you for being part of my television life for so long, Grant.  Momzerduck liked you the best on the show.  I tended to watch for Kari, but you were indispensable. 

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1 Absolutely horrible news in an already horrible year. One of the best things the kids & I did together when they were youngsters, along with playing Diablo II, was to hang out and watch Mythbusters. And we all adored Grant. What a guy, and what a loss.

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 14, 2020 08:11 AM (rKFiU)

2 I met him briefly when I did Battlebots (Seasons 4 and 5 of the Comedy Central run). He seemed honest and genuine and real. And 2020 can really just go the fuck to hell.

Posted by: Mauser at July 17, 2020 12:21 AM (Ix1l6)

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