R.I.P. Paul Winchell, 1922 - 2005.
The wonderful thing about Tiggers...
Tigger just won't be Tigger without your voice. TTFN.
Trivia: Winchell was also an inventor with a patent for a prototype artificial heart he built in the 1960s in the same workshop in which he created his ventriloquist dummies, Blue Star said. He also created an "invisible" garter belt, a flameless cigarette lighter and an early version of the disposable razor.
Dude, these old school cats (no pun intended) get some serious Jack of All Trades props. I read something recently about this WWII-era actress that had patents on some crazy radio gizmos or what have you. Can you see many Hollywood types doing that these days? It is rumoured that Ashton Kutcher studied some sort of engineering in college, but all he's managed to concoct since then is a couple of sh*tty movies, a nationwide obsession with trucker caps, and Beauty & the Geek (which totally lost steam once Joe left the competition).
I must be going now, as it's time for my 1030 Drool Over Starbucks Girl Session.
Definitely a sad day in the world of cartoons around the world. :( I will be bouncing all day in memory.
just saw the aviator. that's why we don't have so many renaissance men - or women - anymore. they're driven to lunacy.
the way of the future, the way of the future, the way of the future, the way of the future, the way of the future...
actually, i have a really cool friend who's like that. teaches physics in local inner-city school, loves roughing - camping - it out, father, husband, guitar (mostly classical style), russian lit, singer, theology, engineering tricks. i, on the other hand, have a lot of interests, very little skill.
Ok, are you sitting down?
I actually sat NEXT to Paul Winchell at a THREE STOOGES CONCERT when I was about six years old...
My best friend had a Jerry Mahoney doll. We absolutely idolized him!!!
That would be Hedy Lamarr. She was amazing. According to imdb.com, "Hedy's credited invention was for a radio guiding system for torpedoes which was used in WWII. She supposedly gained the knowledge from her first husband, Fritz Mandl, A Viennese munitions dealer who sided with the Nazis. Hedy drugged her maid to escape her husband and homeland." We should love her!
I just want to know what an invisible garter belt looks like.
Well duh, nothing, it's invisible.
Sorry, I couldn't help it.
heartbreak - Did you know that Dolph Lundgren graduated from MIT? Who would've thought?
gmadrid - Yep. Biggest loss to the cartoon world since Charles Schultz's passing.
jasdye - i, on the other hand, have a lot of interests, very little skill. Wow - we have something in common!
panthergirl - Is there anyone you don't know? You make me so jealous.
slyboots2 - Thanks for the knowledge. My favorite is Julia Childs. Can't you just picture her doing some Tom Clancy-esque espionage back in the day?
KtG & George - Har har!
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