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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Oct 28, 2013

Paul Winchell had polio as a child, and while sick in bed he answered a magazine ad for a ventriloquism kit for a dime.  He built his first dummy in shop class at school, and named it after his shop teacher. 

Winchell appeared on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show, and he won.  So at age 14, Paul Winchell became a professional ventriloquist. 

In later life he did cartoon voices.  He was Walt Disney's Tigger the Tiger.  And he was an inventor - he held a patent for the world's first artificial heart. 

This episode of his radio show aired on July 10, 1944.