June 26, 2005
Paul Winchell Dead at 82

"Paul Winchell, voice of Tigger in 'Winnie the Pooh,' dies at 82" and then the fact that he was a pioneer of early television, the most admired ventriloquist of his time and the inventor of the artificial heart are kind of like bonus, "oh, by the way..." details. I know reporters are supposed to look at every story and ask themselves what about it will relate most directly to the readers, and I agree that Tigger was better known today than most of Paul's other accomplishments. Still, it does seem to trivialize his more important achievements to rank them that way. Paul was a genuine superstar of 1950's TV and his artificial heart hastened the invention of a more advanced one that has saved lives. Somehow, the priorities seem a bit askew to me.

Read article here.

Posted by Ellen at June 26, 2005 06:14 PM

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I remember him on the Jerry Mahoney Show. Farewell.

Posted by: Mom on June 26, 2005 06:17 PM
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