I was having some trouble tracking Gumby down, he seems to move around a lot, mostly in a linear motion. After opening tons and I mean tons of Play-Dough containers, I found him. Gumby was kind enough to come out and let me ask him a few questions.
Me: Thank you for coming out of hiding.
Gumby: You’re welcome!
Me: Why were you hiding in a Play-Dough container?
Gumby: I was hiding from the kids in the daycare. I thought that I would be safe in the play-dough container because the teacher does not let them play with it much. Who would’ve thought you would’ve found me.
Me: How in the world did you end up in a daycare?
Gumby: When I decided to quit acting, I decided to go into a place where I thought I would be respected. These preschool kids are relentless about tearing me apart and putting me up their nose. I should’ve went to the old folks home!
Me: Who was Pokey?
Gumby: Pokey was my sidekick in the series. We worked well together and were best friends. Pokey moved to The Island of Old Ponies. Last I heard, he was happy and enjoying old age.
Me: How were you made?
Gumby: I was massed produced in a play-dough factory with molds for other “Gumbys”. Somehow, I was the only one that was brought to life the night the factory was struck by lightning.
Me: Why did you decide to go into acting?
Gumby: I went into acting only because I was accidentally discovered entertaining kids at a birthday party. The producer of Howdy Doody was at the party and thought I would be a good fit for a spin-off.
Me: What was it like when you were working on the set of your own television show?
Gumby: The people who were supposed to take care of me were very manipulative. They liked to push me around, roll me up into a ball, and squish me with a rolling pin! It was like I was piece of meat.
Me: Are you still acting?
Gumby: No, I’m done with being the object of manipulation. Do this, do that, hang on a second while I squish you back into the mold.
Me: But you are beloved by kids around the world. What was that like?
Gumby: It is actually pretty fun. The kids were the best part of the job!
Me: After all of these years, adults and kids both love to dress up as you. Why?
Gumby: I guess I evolved into a figure that represented happy memories for kids and adults. I never thought after all of these years I could be so popular.
Me: Did you think being famous would bring you riches beyond your wildest dreams?
Gumby: I thought I would have enough money to buy things and be comfortable, but most of the money I made was taken out in taxes and by my agent.
Me: What do you do in your spare time?
Gumby: Right now, when I am not hiding in play-dough containers, I like to travel and visit all kinds of places, and I like to play the guitar.
Me: As you know, play-dough comes in many colors. Why are you green?
Gumby: Green, back in the day was a very popular color for us “Gumbys”. If I had a choice, I would’ve chosen to be red!
Me: Do you play any video games?
Gumby: I live in a play-dough container, how would I do that?
Me: When browsing the internet, I found framework called “Gumby” used for web development. Did you have a hand in that?
Gumby: Absolutely not! How dare they use my name for something without asking? I should throw play-dough containers and assemble an army of me to crash it!
Me: Gumby, thank you for coming out of hiding to do this interview.
Gumby: You’re welcome, but please put me away before the kids find me!