I was interested to read your article since, although I don’t remember them originally, I have been ordering tapes of long ago radio show–including The Great Gildersleeve and Phil Harris. I was told at a paper show, which handled these tapes, that Walter was a dwarf and that was why he was able to do young voices so well.
Did I get all of your message? I pasted, above, what I got. I sense that some of it was missing. Dwarf is probably the wrong word. He was about 5’2″ or so. He did have hormonal treatment, however, which shot him up to over 6′. I know this is more than a rumor, because I have seen photos of Walter, after the hormone treatment, and his legs were longer than mine (and I am about 5’8″ to 5’9″).
Thank you Now I’ve learned somelthing. The picture I saw of him in a book about old radio shows—which I can’t find at the moment—pictured him perched on a high stool and I guess that added to the credibility of the story I had heard. He was very talented and I always enjoy him on the tapes. I didn’t realzie he also did Rocky and Bullwinkle. Thanks for your repply Bev Smith—Actually I’m in Malvern Pa not far from Pottstown.
As I recall, I think I passed through Malvern, as I drove between Media to Pottstown, for my 25-year high school reunion, this past July.