Contents
Tribute to Walter Tetley
Walter Tetley: Twilight of an Identity
Walter Tetley: Fountain of Youth
Random Thoughts in 2004
The Incredible Magic of Paul Frees
Frees Frame: an Interview
Paul Frees: Smoke and Mirrors
Jay Ward
Without Fanfare: The Bill Scott Story
Bill Scott Revisited
Chamber of my Mind
Fractured Fairy Tales: The Crown Jewel
Mysterious, Elusive Chris Allen
Tribute to June Foray: June of the Jungle
On the Doorstep of 1974: June Foray Trivia
June and the Dazzling Night Sky
June Foray: That Bewitching Cackle!!
June Foray: More than a Woman
Daws Butler's Corner
Unmasking Daws
Showcasing Daws' Talent
Daws' Song
Honorable Mentions: the Other Voices
Walter's Radio Career
Walter's Radio Career Part 2
A 19th Century Carousel
Sound Bites
Peabody's Pony Express
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 PEABODY'S PONY EXPRESS:

Of course this is the 21st Century version of the Pony Express (or the U.S. Mail, for that matter). We just could not resist christening the "mailbag feature", of our web page with the name "Peabody's Pony Express".

We are happy to publish many of the E-mail responses that we receive from our readers here. Unless we know, for sure, that it is okay to include your E-mail address, we will not do so, when we publish your comments. Also, if you do NOT wish for us to publish your comments, just let us know, and we will respect your wishes. Welcome to the Pony Express...


Friday, February 28, 2003

Subject: Info on a Recording?

Hello.

I am trying to locate a copy of a recording and a yahoo search came up with your fabulous website. Very nice job.

The album cover has Ed Wynn in a long night cap, reading from an upside down story book. It might be titled, "Fractured Fairy Tales" and contains a reference to Cinderfella and Foxy Loxy. I do know that Ed Wynn appeared in the Jerry Lewis film, Cinderfella, but think the album was based on the Bullwinkle Show.

I have tried several sources, to no avail. The album was a childhood favorite of a friend of mine and I would love to be able to surprise him with a copy. I would truly appreciate any information you may have on the subject.

Thank you very much.

Jaye Lynn Schneider

Schneider Law Firm
520 Kirkland Way, Suite 400
Post Office Box 786
Kirkland, WA 98083
JLSBIZLAW@cs.com
(425) 822-2353 Fax (425) 822-1486

"When a Handshake Is Not Enough"

Yes, I'm afraid I don't know. An interesting piece of trivia though; Paul Frees used the Ed Wynn voice for a character on Bullwinkle that appeared every now and then. This cartoon character was Captain Peachfuzz. Later on, Jay Ward and Bill Scott apparently liked that voice so much, that they had Frees repeat it, as Fred the Lion, in their Super Chicken series, on The George of the Jungle Show. Fred was Super Chicken's side kick.

Anyway, I will ask Greg Jones, my web partner, to post this email on the Peabody's Pony Express, in the hope that maybe someone will read it, and be able to help out........But let's face it; for someone new to our website, finding your email, among all the other things on our site, will kind of be like looking for a needle in a hay stack...........Sorry that I cannot help out more.......... and good luck!

Brian


November 10, 2002

Hello!

I just found your web site (I'm not sure how long it's been "live"), and I am pleased to see how you have showcased the work of voice artist Walter Tetley, and the many other greats who revolved in the Jay Ward universe. Voice artists rarely seem to get the appreciation they deserve.

In case you haven't heard, I recently published a book about Hans Conried I think you would be interested in reading: Hans Conried: A Biography; with a Filmography and a Listing of Radio, Television, Stage, and Voice Work (McFarland & Company, Inc.: September 2002). I would appreciate a link to the web site I have created to complement and promote the book. It is not a fan site like Hansconried.com (I helped provided the biographical information for that site), but more focused on Conried's career.

Thank you very much, and best wishes always.

Suzanne Gargiulo

www.hansconriedbook.com

Thanks very much for the info. I'll be happy to add you to our links. I'll ask our "web guy" to add yours to ours as soon as he can. I appreciate the subject; we hear from folks about Hans Conried a little bit less than about the other voice actors.

Brian


July 17, 2002

Subject: Thanks

Mr. Kistler,

Thank you so much for your web page honoring Walter Tetley. I am currently 61 years old and grew up hearing The Great Guildersleeve on radio so I learned to appreciate Mr. Tetley's talent early on. Many years later when American Movie Clasics began showing old RKO product they included several Great Guildersleeve films. While most of these were based on the Guildersleeve that was one of the annoying neighbors or Fibber McGee and Molly (and hence no Leroy), later episodes did revolve around the Water Commissioner and there was a Leroy in the film. How disappointed I was when this young film star opened his mouth and spoke. It was like a fraud had been committed.

I know----but W.T. looked too old to play a boy, even though he sounded like one. He is in one of those Great Gildersleeves movies, anyway, playing someone else-----a bellhop or an elevator boy.

That voice has alway stuck with me and if memory serves me right Walter was one of the early voices for Speedy Alka Seltker then began appearing on Freeberg recordings. How great to hear him again.

He also did one Warner Bros. cartoon in the early 40s--------I looked high and low, trying to find that episode, and I just couldn't find it. I don't think Warner Bros. used him more than once.

Unlike you I never thought of using the internet to try to track him down until now. So tonight I discovered you site and at long last got to see what Walter Tetley looked like.

Thank Greg, the web guy who helps me out for that-----I didn't know what he looked like either, til Greg found pics of him.

Thank you.

Just curious - have you been able to reach Stan Freeberg and get any reaction from him regarding working with Walter?

Richard Sutor

Everybody asks me that (well not everybody, but a lot of people). I wonder to myself, even if I did try to find Freberg, if he would have time to write to me------when you are one of just a tiny number of folks left, from the Golden Age of cartoons and voice acting, I think you tend to become very popular and in demand (for interviews and so forth).

Brian


July 13, 2002

Subject: Paul Frees

Sir:

Just came across your site. I have actually been trying to find out Paul Frees's name for years, and just recently did on a Stan Freberg CD. Frees was the narrator for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, as well as Pirates of the Caribbean. Since these opened (Pirates in 1966 and Mansion in 1969), his voice has stuck with me, and I get a jar whenever I hear it in another venue, be it cartoon, TV show, or movie. Very nice to see such a great writeup on him (and the rest of the gang).

Your writeup on him mentioned that you have not been on these rides. I highly recommend that you take the time to do so one day, especially the Haunted Mansion. He is doing his narrator voice, with just a little bit of "sinister" thrown in, and it is excellent. Also with Pirates. Going to Disneyland as a kid burned that voice into my head, and I have wondered since who did it.

Your comments, here, kind of remind me what Bill Clinton said about Black politician, Barbara Jordan, after she died (even if you never liked Bill Clinton, I am sure that you can appreciate this). He said that he once had to give a speech, with Barbara Jordan sitting there in the audience. He indicated that, having to give a speech, with Barbara Jordan right in view, was kind of like a minister giving a sermon, with God seated in the front row. It sounds like Frees had a really POWERFUL and MESMERIZING voice for you, on that ride.

Part of the problem is that Frees seems to be one who did not look for the spotlight. When I have heard his voice in TV or movies, I have been unable to find him in the credits. On the Freberg CD (with Frees's voice in many bits), he is never credited as narrator, and I only found his name from one character listed (in fairness, he may be credited in other spots where I didn't recognize his voice, but not for any of the narrations). BTW, the Freberg CD (a boxed set) is excellent, comes partly from his radio show and from commercials he did. And the talent he used: not only Frees, but Daws Butler and June Foray (recognized her voice right off!) and others. Excellent showcase of talent!

I almost always have seen his voice credited, in things that he has done. I do know that he often did not receive credit, if he did dubbing in movies, for people with bad accents or speaking voices. I often allude to the imdb website, which gives a nearly complete list of most actors' work. I know that you will find at least some of his work, where it says "uncredited", however: http://imdb.com/Bio?Frees,+Paul

As far as not seeking the spotlight goes----of course you know, if you perused The Incredible Magic of Paul Frees article, that he did not like on-camera acting (though he did do some of that, during his many years in Hollywood).

Anyway, kudos on your site, and thank you for so much information on a supremely talented bunch of folks.

Cheers, Ken

Don't think that I do not really appreciate your very interesting and nice missive. I do!

Brian


February 19, 2002

Subject: Greetings

Brian--

Hello from Keith Scott, author of "The Moose That Roared." I just discovered your site with all my beloved voice-people like Tetley, Frees. Thanks for all the work you put into it.

Do you know of Ben Ohmart - he is writing a book about Paul Frees, and I have been helping him with research.

Just thought I'd drop you a line.

Best regards,

Keith Scott

Hi Keith:

I loved your book. I bought it in New York City, when I was visiting my father around Christmas 2000, shortly after we had started this site. I have loaned the book to my web partner, Greg, to read bits and pieces when he gets a chance. Though I like best, the parts of your book that deal with the Jay Ward/Bill Scott duo, I REALLY enjoyed the chapter(s) about Crusader Rabbit before Ward and Scott teamed up. I found that fascinating, since that was the genesis of Ward's work in this field.

I was aware that Ben Ohmart had been in contact with you. Some time ago he had emailed me and told me that you had very kindly agreed to help him out with his book on Paul Frees..........As a matter of fact, I mailed Ben a transcript of my tape-recorded letter from Paul Frees, when he asked for it (he asked for a copy of the tape itself, but I felt that that property was a little bit too personal to me, to just give a copy of it to anyone; I had no problem with just a transcript and he was happy with that).

Though a great deal of my work, is based on the letters and tapes that I received from Daws, June, Bill and Paul (and also some info that our readers have contributed), I have tried, very hard to credit you, everytime I quote something that I recall reading in your book. We also credited you on a picture that we took from The Moose That Roared (of Bill Scott). We just could not find any other picture of Bill Scott that looked as good. I decided not to use the photo that you had of him, with the autograph to you, because I felt that that was too personal, and sentimental to you, to use (even if we took the autograph off, I would have felt very uncomfortable about doing that...........because that was a very special picture for you).

I was a little bit concerned that you would be upset that we did not ask permission about everything; I kind of hoped that if we credited you as much as possible, that you would not mind. In the Peabody's Pony Express (our mailbag feature) there are actually quite a few times that I credit you (if I think that some of my comments might coincide with yours).

Anyway, what an honor to hear from you! We heard from Barbara Scott, too; we included some of her comments under our feature: Honorable Mentions, The Other Voices. She wrote in about her mother, Dorothy Scott (Bill's wife, of course).

I was so much like you, when I was 12-14 years old, with this show............I can relate to a lot of your anecdotes about how you were "hooked", so to speak, on the genius of Jay Ward cartoons............and especially on the voice artists!!

Sincerely,

Brian Kistler


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