Simply put, these guys scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a tot. Perhaps I'm overstating it; the reality might be that I watched Doctor Who, and its Dalek guests, from behind the sofa... even if the reality was that I sat right in front of the Admiral B&W television set -- its dial tuned to the CBC. My mother, trying to prepare dinner, readily walked over to the tv and changed the channel to something else if I yelled "mom!" with an exclamation mark. Once or twice was fine, but by the third or fourth time: "I wish you'd make up your mind, dear."
My talkback now: "Be reasonable, mum. Your countrymen made this bleedin' show!"
Raymond Cusick was a design genius.
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