It was a very sad day for me and many B9’ers and LIS fans across the globe to hear that Bobby May passed away. List servers lighted up that had been dormant for many weeks or in some cases months with the tragic news. I couldn’t believe it myself. I had hoped to have Bobby up here at the B9 build off but now that wont happen but in spirit.
The last time I met Bob was on the second half of my honeymoon. My wife(Kip) and I were in Vegas attending a Star Trek convention. I saw Bob sitting at a table with his LIS banner but didn’t have a robot with him. I asked him what he was doing there at a Star Trek convention to which he replied” “I had to add an air of respectability”. LOL . Now, I ask you……Who could argue with that!!!! So I proceeded to help him crash the party and get a robot to the convention. I called Thomas (A fellow B9’er) up and he drove from California to Vegas and we got it set up for him so he could “bask” (ROFL) in his glory. Talk about club spirit and team work!!! And how about my wife Kip!!! She let me do all of that on our honeymoon too!!!! It was fun. We all had a great time and a lot of laughs. I will always remember him that way. Lost in Space has a lot of special memories for me, especially the Robot!!
The following is an except from Bill Mumy’s web site. I believe it portrays how we all felt about Bob May.
“Bobby May passed away this morning at the age of 69. He was my friend and my coworker and he was one of the hardest working guys in show business that I ever knew. He managed to create a classic TV personality out of a claustrophobic fiberglass prop that he was crammed inside of for over three years. He memorized 40-50 pages of dialogue each week for 84 episodes and delivered it with passion and rhythm while all the time knowing that it would eventually be re-recorded by DickTufeld.
I never heard Bobby say a bad word about anybody. He had a laugh that was loud and infectious. He called people “Buddy.” He knew hard times and he knew easy times. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Bobby was a one of a kind who truly brought soul to the Robot on Lost in Space. He loved playing the Robot, and he loved all the fans of Lost in Space. He traveled all over the world meeting fans and attending conventions. When the series was originally on the air, Irwin Allen, the creator and executive producer, wanted people to think the robot was real, so Bobby received no billing or credit for his hard work. It wasn’t until many years after that Bobby started to get recognized for his amazing contributions to the show. I was happy to see him get the credit he deserved.
I enjoyed working with Bobby when I was a boy, and I enjoyed working with him and seeing him and his loving wife Judy as a man. Bob and I spoke several times in the last month, and although I I knew that he was going through some serious health issues as well as having lost his home and all his possessions in a recent fire, Bobby was positive about the future. I wish him well and send him positive energy and love on his new journey. I’m sure Jonathan Harris is insulting him right now! “Silence, you ninny! Cease your prattling you cluttering clump! Oh, the pain! The pain!” — BillMumy