Hi Fans & Collectors!
My name is Robert Vanderpool! As you can see I am a collector and
fan of classic shows of the 1960's related to Mr. Irwin Allen. It
all started at the young age of 7 growing up in San Jose California.
After these shows were cancelled, I remained a true fan watching
reruns for many years. Being a normal kid, I moved on to new
In school, I enjoyed playing sports, and being active in art and
drama. From there, I was very involved with kids and working in the
bowling industry. For 25 years I was the Greater Santa Clara Valley
YABA Bowling Association Secretary. I provided service for 17
bowling centers, processing sanctioned leagues, hosting tournaments,
and issuing hundreds of awards weekly. I currently work for the U.S.
Postal Service as a letter carrier, and have for the past 20 years.
"What is "Uncle Odie" you ask?" When I was into the sport of
bowling, I designed many awards for our local and national programs.
Kids gave me many thank-you gifts over the years. I had a stuffed
"Odie" doll sitting on my desk. A kid came into my office, and
stated "Uncle Odie" to me. "I loved it!" From there I contacted Jim
Davis, the cartoonist for "Garfield" and the creator of "Odie" to
see if I could use "Odie" for our bowling mascot. Mr. Davis loved
the idea, and I created a special club for Odie. The program
consisted of awards, emblems, certificates, ribbons, etc. I even
received National recogition from the National Bowling Headquarters
in Greendale, Wisconsin, and my awards were placed into the National
Bowling Musuem in St. Louis, Missouri.
"Why Irwin Allen & this Collection?"
In 1997 I attended a special convention honoring Mr. Irwin Allen. It
was there that I started this non-stop madness of collecting. I saw
models of LIS by Lunar models, and met my dear friend, "David
Gutierrez" of Elizabeth Lake California. David has been building
models for me non-stop, and has built nearly 100 plus models in 4
years. It was also at this event that I met many of the original
actors from Mr. Irwin Allen's TV shows. Then, friends told me to buy
a computer and look up the eBay auction site. That decision has
changed my life forever. Without eBay, my collection would not be
what it is today. The items, friends, and the contacts have made all
the difference in my search for these rare and vintage items. I am
well known to the eBay community for spending BIG $$ when biding on
items of interest!
My collection has grown so fast even I can't believe it. Original
LIS actors such as Bob May and Bill Mumy are aware of my collection.
Even Hollywood producer Kevin Burns has spoken to me by phone and
e-mails. I also currently write articles on my collection in the
LISFAN Monthly and the Bill Mumy club. I truly enjoy sharing my
collection with the fans.
"My goal in all of this?" Simply to keep the name "Irwin Allen"
alive. The mission is to promote interest and to educate people on
these collectibles. My collection will continue to grow, and it
will never be, "LOST IN SPACE!"
Robert Vanderpool - "Uncle Odie"