Tigger Invented the Artificial Heart???

By | February 4, 2019

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Paul Winchell, the voice of the beloved character, Tigger, also invented the artificial heart. Source: (caribbeandays.com)

Paul Winchell, a comedian, voice-over actor, and puppeteer is probably best remembered for supplying the voice to Tigger in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons. In fact, Winchell won a 1986 Grammy Award for his rendition of “The Most Wonderful Thing About Tiggers.” Winchell enjoyed a long and successful career in the entertainment industry, but perhaps his biggest contribution to society was what he did as a side gig. Winchell, who had an interest in science and medicine, but no formal education in it, designed and patented the artificial heart. 

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Winchell was a master ventriloquist. Source: (cbsnews.com)

Ventriloquist and Vaudeville

As a young child, Paul Winchell, born in 1922, was a stuttering timid kid. As a way to overcome both of these, Winchell taught himself ventriloquism and tried to copy his idol, Edgar Bergman. He put on shows at his school until his principal helped him sign up to be on a radio talent show. When Winchell won the contest, he was invited to tour on the Vaudeville circuit.