Sunday, June 26, 2005

"Goodbye, Mr. Winchell"

Paul Winchell, the well-known ventriloquist, has died.

Although he's known for several things besides being a ventriloquist (inventor, voice-over artist), I'll always remember him best for his commercials that ran during his Saturday morning show of the early 1960's.

Farfel the dog was the character he created which gave me the biggest kick in the Nestles commercials. Winchell would sing, "N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestles Makes The very best----", with Farfel adding: "Chooooooc-let!" and his mouth would quickly snap shut.

As a kid, I thought that was a hoot! And, I still do.


At 11:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are confusing your ventriloquists.
It wasn't Paul Winchell who did the Nestles, it was Jimmy Nelson. Paul Winchell invented the first artificial heart, not to mention Jerry Mahoney. I'll miss him...and Tigger too! JN


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