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Well, sort of… The vocal genius that was Mel Blanc passed away from cardio-vascular disease in 1989, but he was born 100 years ago today. Since the United States Congress seems a little reluctant to pass my proposal to double the number of our national holidays, including Mel’s birthday, I thought it would be a nice idea for us to remember this man who brought us more beloved cartoon characters than any ten other artists we could name.
The complete list of characters can be found on his Wikipedia article, but let me give you a few examples.
A long time ago I read an article from Ted Elliot, co-writer of our kids’ favorite movies (Shrek, Priates of the Carribean, etc.), on his website once wrote that he met Mel while working on a movie and that Mel told him the greatest bit of parenting advice. I can’t find the original article (if you can, please…), but the gist of it was that parents often ask the children why something happened. Don’t. Ask them what happened. That’s something that they can answer.