Grant Imahara Remembered by Kari Byron, Tory Belleci


“Mythbusters” and “White Rabbit Mission” alums Tory Belleci and Kari Bryon have paid tribute to their former colleague Grant Imahara, who died unexpectedly on July 13. Learn their tributes under. 

Tory Belleci

I met Grant Imahara again in 1997 after I stepped by way of the doorways of the ILM mannequin store. To say I used to be nervous could be an understatement. Then this younger child, not less than that’s what I believed, with a bounce in his step, carrying thick glasses and a lab coat walked up, smiled and in a chipper voice stated,”Good day!” and I instantly felt comfy. That was Grant, all the time welcoming, all the time useful and all the time prepared to unravel an issue. We labored on numerous tasks at Lucas Movies, however constructing fashions for Star Wars in our minds was the Holy Grail. We had made it. We’d achieved our lifelong geek dream. Little did we all know that from that time we’d find yourself working collectively for over 20 years.

When he joined the staff on “Mythbusters,” it was an ideal match. He introduced a brand new technical facet to the present that we have been lacking. He was truly the one one of many solid with a science diploma—and he liked reminding everybody about that. He was a grasp of robots, an encyclopedia of sci-fi trivia, and an inspiration to all. We shortly realized the addition of Grant was key and made the staff larger than the sum of its elements.

Grant was a singular particular person with a superb thoughts. He was obsessed with creating and it confirmed in his unbelievable physique of labor. He was beneficiant along with his time, data and expertise and due to that he has left an enormous void on this world each to his family and friends and to his followers. A smart Vulcan as soon as stated, “Change is the important means of all existence.” That is the toughest change to simply accept. Gone approach too quickly, my buddy. You may be missed.

Kari Byron

Grant, you might be greater than a buddy. (I can’t write that sentence previously tense but. I’m crying and smiling as I sort.) You have got been a fixture in my life for 20 years. After I first met you within the m5 workshop, you confirmed me photos of your robots, and we giggled about how Jamie wished me to sharpen used screws to economize. I used to be so impressed together with your ILM mannequin making expertise, and I liked listening to your tales. You charmed me together with your self-aware stage of nerdiness, redefining what “cool” regarded like. I shortly realized to rely on you for enthusiasm and sarcasm, to snigger somewhat too loud at your individual jokes, and the way enjoyable it was to disarm you with my soiled humor and unhealthy puns. I liked that you simply invariably had absolutely the worst style in music however the most effective style in pals.

If you happen to drank an excessive amount of you turned the lifetime of the occasion, doing all of your signature Pee-wee Herman dance on the bar, however nonetheless one way or the other acquired residence early. You liked my canines a lot you allow them to lick you within the mouth, which was gross and extremely candy. You teased me like a sister, chasing me round with meaty or slimy issues, and for some purpose you all the time known as me by my full identify. You grit your enamel after I borrowed your sharpies since you stated I all the time smashed the tip. And also you by no means understood why I put your instruments again in your toolbox barely misplaced. (I did it on goal so you’ll give me that look.) Nothing made me extra glad than after we argued and I used to be proper, since you often have been.

Do you keep in mind the time a producer made us weld on a runway within the rain? We labored by way of lunch and have been so moist we made an entire circuit and saved electrocuting ourselves. Bear in mind after we jumped absolutely clothed right into a pool within the Bahamas as a result of, effectively, it was the Bahamas? Do you assume our studio neighbors keep in mind the hook you shot proper by way of their wall with an air cannon?

The three of us—you, Tory and I—we’re past pals. We’re siblings. We shared an extended, wild journey, studying from one another the entire approach. Our cameraman nicknamed us Technical, Sensible, and Logical as a result of we have been so completely different, however we might clear up any drawback collectively. I’ll always remember the Mojave Desert. We had two helicopters and two automobiles and one insane likelihood to get issues proper. Once we hit our mark (actually: we dropped one automobile from the air whereas remotely driving the opposite in direction of an enormous X on the desert flooring), we ran collectively and hugged, leaping round in a circle, howling.

We cried and laughed and crashed: automobiles, planes, bikes, chickens, vehicles, robots, pig carcasses, faux sharks. We stayed in essentially the most questionable resorts and rode in so many soiled white minivans to far-off deserts and quarries. We gave blood, sweat, and tears (and so many extra bodily fluids) to a tv present that for us was like making the most effective residence film ever, however for a era of followers was an invite to query and experiment with their world. I’m mad that you’re gone. We weren’t completed but. It is best to have not less than dared me to eat a bug another time. I’d eat all of the bugs on the earth to have you ever again.


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