Happy Birthday, June Foray

Today is June Foray’s 92nd birthday. I hope you recognize her name, but if by chance you don’t, I know you’ll remember the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel (better known as “Rocky” of “Rocky and Bullwinkle” fame) or Granny from the Sylvester and Tweety Bird cartoon or Cindy Lou Who in the cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas or maybe one of the hundreds of voices in hundreds of cartoons over the years from the 1940’s until a few years ago. If you’re a woman of a certain age, June was the original voice of the Chatty Cathy doll you might have owned or wanted to own when you were a little girl.

About 2 weeks ago the postman delivered my autographed copy of Ms. Foray’s autobiography, Did You Grow Up With Me, Too? The Autobiography of June Foray that I had ordered a couple of months ago. As a huge fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle, it was a real kick to see “Hi Jeff, June Foray” signed to me inside her book, even if “Hokey Smoke!” would have been the ultimate dedication. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I hope to remove it from the pile and enjoy it in the near future.

Happy Birthday, June Foray, and a wish for many more.

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I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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