Trivia on June Foray (continued)
- She appeared to be highly-educated, perhaps almost completely self-educated, after high school:
Her history tends to point to the fact that she probably
never had time to go to college. She started in radio, at age
12, sometime around 1930, and her career never slowed down, after that. She became more and more in demand over the years.
Nevertheless, she stated that she read and memorized many of the great classics, from Literature, which helped her career in voice. Reading and memorizing the classics helped make her an "omnivorous reader". She stated that much of her waking time was spent reading.........mostly non-fiction.
For the record she got started in radio, at age 12, because one of her teachers, in Speech, had a local radio
show, at the time, and invited June to participate in that show........The rest was history (and this was in Springfield, MA.........not California.........on the WBZA radio station.........After she moved to California, she continued in this medium of entertainment).
June mentioned that she was doing old ladies, even when she was 12. She also credited her teachers, from the time that she was 6 years old, for helping her to refine her talent
in the "voice category".
June had visited Walter Tetley, in the hospital, a couple years earlier, after his motorcycle accident
- She carved out a place in American History, for herself,
by starting the Great Meat Boycott of 1973:
"In case you didn't know, I'm the June Foray Donovan who started the Great Meat Boycott, last April, and went to Washington D.C. to testify before the Joint Economic Committee, conducted by Senator Hubert Humphrey. I was on the television news so many times that I am surprised that you did not see me."
I do remember, in the spring of 1973, seeing the covers
of Newsweek and Time magazines, in my social studies
class, proclaiming (even screaming): Don't Eat Meat!! (sometimes picturing the charicature of an angry housewife, protesting). I did not see June, on TV, but I didn't watch the news much, at age 13.
- Chris Allen, who voiced Jay Ward's cartoon frog, "Hoppity Hooper", from the series of the same name, wrote to me, about June, in her own April 1974 letter:
"June has been involved with some very important consumer education projects and civic problems, in her local area."
So although many people have long been aware of June's
role in the ' 73 Meat Boycott (I have noticed that this has
been well documented, on the internet), perhaps few folks knew of her community involvement in consumer education and civics matters. All of this bolsters, what I have already said, in trivia point # 6, above, about how highly educated and intelligent she was........college or no college, she educated not only herself........but many others in the process.
- Had done some on-camera work, in recent years,
including in January, 1974:
She did a TV guest spot, on Bob Barker's Truth or Consequences game show, which aired in January, 1974. Bob Barker introduced her stating that, she had appeared on
his programs, many times, over the years.
She also said that she had been on The Today Show and The David Frost Show around 1971 or 1972.
For the record........See June Foray in one of the only movies, that she ever made with a speaking part!!! RENT THE 1954 MOVIE, SABAKA!! SABAKA was a movie, which took place in India. One of her co-stars was Boris Karloff. She played the character of Marku Ponjoy, the high priestess of Sabaka.
Her filmography also alludes to a part, that she played, in the 1966 televised version of Arthur Millers's play, Death of a Salesman.