It seems that I am always talking about someone dying. Well, that's because a lot of my childhood heroes are now passing away. Today's casualty is Paul Winchell, best known for the voice of Tigger is Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" cartoons. He also was Fleagle on "The Banana Splits" and Dick Dastardly and as ventriloquist for Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. Watch the Three Stooges compilation "Stop, Look and Laugh!" for Winchell in action.
But Winchell's lasting contribution to mankind is probably the invention of the artificial heart (and you thought I'd say Gargamel). See www.paulwinchell.com for more on Winchell's work.
He will be missed.