Monday, June 27, 2005

The Terrible Thing About Tigger

Legendary ventriloquist and cartoon voice man Paul Winchell has passed away in Los Angeles. Anyone who has watched Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" movies know that one character steals the whole show: Tigger, Winchell's best-known characterization. He was much more than an entertainer, however:

Over six decades, Winchell parlayed his talent for creating countless voices from the earliest days of television to film. Outside of his career in entertainment, Winchell also was an inventor who held 30 patents, including one for an early artificial heart he built in 1963.
That one certainly went a long way:
He donated his artificial heart to the University of Utah for research. Dr. Robert Jarvik and other researchers at the university went on to build an artificial heart, dubbed the Jarvik-7, which was implanted into patients after 1982.
Some of the most amazing things about the most extraordinary people don't become public knowledge until after they are dead.

As for his entertainment career, I see that he was also the voice of Gargamel on "Smurfs". He played crazy evil just as well as he played mischievously silly. He will be missed, that's for sure.

1 comment:

Honnistaibe said...

OK..big "O"..I promise this is my (hopefully)last confession on your fine blog:
When I was a child I had a "Jerry Mahoney doll(Dummy)" which I put away when I realized it was the smarter of the two of us.