BIOGRAPHIES: #2 - The Lifetime Achievements of Imagineer Terri Hardin
I want to tell you about one of my favorite Disney Imagineers, Terri Hardin. She is known as one of Walt Disney’s legendary Imagineers. Terri is a sculptor and concept artist for the Disney parks, and also a puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company. She has been with Jim Henson since 1989 and with Disney since 1987. The very talented Terri is noted as being one of the top 10 puppeteers in California. In the mid-80s, she was working at Shafton'sInc., designing “walk-around” character costumes when Disney signed her up and put her in Imagineering. Someday, Terri will be added to the Disney Legends program for her Imagineering work for the parks.
· In the early 1980s, she created a muscle suit for the comedian Gallagher. You know, the guy that would smash watermelons on stage to splash the audience. Gallagher would do shows with comedian Ed Alonzo who was using his muscle suit for his bit and this photo. There was an article about him in the paper. The muscle suit Gallagher is wearing in the photo is a later version of the suit that Terri did not make.
· Men in Black (1997). She was the puppeteer for The Twins.
Her stories are amazing and she is intriguing to listen to. If you have an opportunity to meet her in person at a Disney convention, go up and say hello to her. She is very animated when talking; it comes from her days as a puppeteer. You will be hanging on her every word.
Since the release of Big Al, we have been working on several other designs together. We have about 10 different designs coming down the line. Here are the ones that are available right now.
Big Al pin
Click here to order an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pin
Click here to order a Stitch with the Grand Councilwoman pin
Some pin designs that we are working on will only be available to her Patreon supporters. Like this one.
Visit www.DisneyGuy.org to get a copy of my book with Terri’s foreword in it. I wanted her to read it from an Imagineer’s point of view. My book has over 3,700 fun facts and bits of history in it about Disneyland and Disney movies. If you get my book, visit Terri at an event and she will sign the page about her, page 669.