The Final Countdown
June 15, 2014 9:00 AM   Subscribe

Zoinks! :(

posted by mazola at 9:02 AM on June 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

40 Hello, everybody. Let's start the countdown: .
39 .
38 Hopping aboard the survey this week: .
37 .
36 Here's a new entry to our chart: .
35 .
34 .
33 Making its first-ever appearance in the top 40: .
32 .
31 Debuting at number 31: .
30 .
29 Up three spots from last week's countdown: .
28 .
27 Trivia time! Which obituary dot spent the most time ever in the top 40? Details comin' up in a moment: .
26 .
25 Climbing a spot to number 25: .
24 Leaping in at number 24, here’s our highest-rated new entry this week: .
23 And now the answer to this week's trivia question: .
22 .
21 Kickin' in from number 28 to 21, here's one of the biggest movers on our chart this week: .
20 .
19 .
18 We won't stop 'til we reach the top: .
17 .
16 Slipping a notch from last week: .
15 .
14 As our countdown continues on our way to number 1: .
13 .
12 Number 12 for two weeks now: .
11 .
10 After peaking at number 6 last week, this one moves down to number 10: .
9 Moving back into the top 10: .
8 .
7 Fallin' three places to number 7: .
6 .

And now it's time for our long-distance dedication. Could you please play '.'? Here's your request and dedication: .

5 Holding onto the fifth spot for the third straight week: .
4 .
3 This dot hasn't run out of steam yet: .
2 .
1 We have a new number one this week: .

Well, that wraps up our countdown. 'Til next time, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars ...

Thanks, Casey, for being a big part of my childhood memories and for teaching a generation to count backwards from 40.
posted by New Frontier at 9:05 AM on June 15, 2014 [143 favorites]

I had heard that the doctors had stopped feeding him (which I gathered from the article meant pulled a tube or some other artificial measure) so I knew this was coming. Still, it's very sad.

I was never a big fan of the countdown, but he was a lot of the voices that made my childhood like Shaggy and Robin on the Superfriends. He'll be missed, though he'll live on in the reruns forever.
posted by immlass at 9:09 AM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

"OK, I want a goddamn concerted effort to come out of a record that isn't a fucking up-tempo record everytime I do a goddamn death dedication! "

well, we all have our bad days - but he was the man when the top 40 meant something

posted by pyramid termite at 9:10 AM on June 15, 2014 [24 favorites]


Can't say I was ever remotely a fan of Mr. Kasem, though I appreciate this bit from the last link:

Kasem said he wanted to be the “voice of the guy next door,” and his style was to accent the positive, considering each one of the hits a major accomplishment for each act involved.

Although even that rather whitewashes things. This is the industry that gave us (continues to give us) payola, not to mention, as Joni Mitchell put it, all that "... star making machinery behind the popular song".
posted by philip-random at 9:16 AM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

i had no idea he had such an extensive career as a voice actor for cartoon shows
posted by pyramid termite at 9:17 AM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

It's probably been a good 25+ years since I heard even part of an AT40 broadcast, and I'd be hard-pressed to even find it on the radio dial around here.

But, still, the man deserves props.

posted by Thorzdad at 9:25 AM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

After my year as an exchange student, coming back to the US was as much of a culture shock and going to Germany. One thing that helped me reintegrate was listening to AT40. I didn't even listen to it deliberately before I went, but when I came back, every week for about 2 months.

posted by hippybear at 9:28 AM on June 15, 2014

Thorzdad, SiriusXM plays AT40 on the 70's channel every weekend. Definitely worth checking out, if only for the reminder that the sun never sets on the AT40 network.

Well, back in the 70's, anyway.
posted by dr_dank at 9:30 AM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

I listened to him a lot as a kid, but the thing I mainly remember him from was his multiple appearances on Saved By the Bell, including that great rock star "friends forever" episode. Which, in retrospect, what a good sport!

posted by likeatoaster at 9:34 AM on June 15, 2014

I used to listen to the syndicated version of whatever his show was in the 90s every Sunday morning on the way to church. I never seemed to know who any of the adult contemporary acts were, but I always thought the story he would tell before each song was a pretty cool idea. Whenever I heard his voice I always thought of my parents taking me to Sunday school.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 9:35 AM on June 15, 2014

Mark Evanier's writeup.
posted by Shmuel510 at 9:35 AM on June 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

It's always amazing to me, perhaps to everyone, that Kasem always claimed that Shaggy wasn't a stoner. (I'll also just leave this here, because some one has to.)
posted by Catblack at 9:42 AM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

I was never a fan but it was still part of the background noise to life at that time. It's hard to imagine a modern equivalent with such a fractured media landscape now.
posted by Dip Flash at 9:45 AM on June 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

This is my Casey Kasem memory.

I love negativeland.

RIP Casey, you were on the forefront of fair use...
posted by Eekacat at 9:52 AM on June 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Kasem's disparaging comments about U2 were used by Negativland in a controversial recording that got them sued by the Irish band.

I first heard this only a month or two ago (thanks hippybear!), and thought it was wonderful. And I say that as a dedicated fan of U2 1980-2000.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 9:54 AM on June 15, 2014

posted by spinifex23 at 9:55 AM on June 15, 2014

Wut Wroh
posted by doctor_negative at 9:56 AM on June 15, 2014 [8 favorites]

So I was working on the live Radio Hall of Fame broadcast at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, and Casey Kasem was scheduled to be the host. I was in charge of getting Preston Bradley Hall (the room with the giant Tiffany dome and the crazy acoustics) in the Chicago Cultural Center set up for the event, and I'm there at a ridiculous hour of the morning checking tech stuff for that evening's broadcast.

Now, the Radio Hall of Fame isn't the world's most prestigious event, although it's certainly taken seriously by all involved. We're not talking about Oscar levels of funding or staffing, though, so I'm by myself futzing around with low-end rental gear and making inevitable repairs. There's nobody else around, and the building isn't open to the public yet. While working inside a curtained scaffolding, I hear footsteps, and the sound of someone sitting down and shuffling papers from far on the other side of the room. I think it's the security guard or something, so I keep right on working.

Then, without warning, clear as a bell and filling the room, comes the voice of Casey Kasem: "Good evening, I'm Casey Kasem!" and I damn near fall off the scaffolding. Turns out he's the person I heard walking in, and he proceeds to read the entire broadcast script for the evening, start to finish, with full energy and commitment. I come out and keep working, and he doesn't seem to notice. He gets through the entire script, then does it again, then does it again. It sounds the same each time, consistent and compelling and rock-solid. I look over at him every so often, and were it not his voice, it could have been any older man in a sweater sitting in a chair reading the paper and talking to himself while waiting for his lunch to arrive.

After three runs through the script, he gets up unceremoniously and leaves. I didn't see him again until that evening, and his delivery was more or less identical (and just as compelling) as what he'd rehearsed. Unlike that morning (when he kept entirely to himself and the task at hand) that evening we was outgoing and personable and charming. Nevertheless, morning and evening, he was the consummate professional and impressed the hell out of me.

so glad this isn't a Casey Kasem death thread
posted by davejay at 10:33 AM on July 7, 2009 [19 favorites −] [!]
posted by anazgnos at 10:11 AM on June 15, 2014 [23 favorites]


One of my local stations has taken to playing ATP reruns and they're enormous fun to listen to.
posted by octobersurprise at 10:19 AM on June 15, 2014

His voice was in Ghostbusters, as himself, for a few easily-forgettable seconds, a fact that his IMDB bio thought was so important that it comes first in his list of accomplishments. Argh.
posted by JHarris at 10:31 AM on June 15, 2014 [4 favorites]


Fucking ponderous.

posted by delfin at 10:32 AM on June 15, 2014 [6 favorites]

posted by Annabelle74 at 10:33 AM on June 15, 2014


Was very sad to read that he was suffering from Lewy Body Disease. :shudder: A friend's mom experienced that, and it was absolutely horrible. He's definitely in a better place now.
posted by mosk at 10:35 AM on June 15, 2014

posted by kewb at 10:37 AM on June 15, 2014

One of America's most prominent Arab-Americans and Detroiters. Sorry to see him go.
posted by klangklangston at 10:38 AM on June 15, 2014 [8 favorites]

posted by Token Meme at 10:42 AM on June 15, 2014


Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!!.
posted by Renoroc at 10:53 AM on June 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

One of my earliest musical memories.

I'm a six-year old kid in Tokyo. I'm in the backseat of a Toyota Crown, on the Shuto Expressway, having been picked up from school by Watanabe-san, a driver in a dark suit and white gloves. It's just him and me in the car.

The radio is tuned to the US Armed Forces station, broadcasting out of the Yokusuka Naval Base. Casey Kasem comes on and says the next song is "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". I ask Watanabe-san to turn it up. He does. I start to rock out. He smiles just a little bit, and accelerates.
posted by MeanwhileBackAtTheRanch at 10:56 AM on June 15, 2014 [22 favorites]

posted by cjorgensen at 10:56 AM on June 15, 2014

Knew this was coming, sorry that his final days were a complete clusterfuck. He deserved better.

posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:00 AM on June 15, 2014

posted by geekyguy at 11:01 AM on June 15, 2014

I grew up this guy. RIP, Casey, and may the afterworld be full of scooby snacks.
posted by jonmc at 11:03 AM on June 15, 2014

I'm just glad his kids could be with him. Or at least it sounds like that did get to happen.

His work on Battle of the Planets as the voice for Mark was formative for me, because he gave him a gentle authority and humanity (along with the other excellent voice actors it somehow garnered) that baked in my love not just of Anime, but in stories well told by the characters.

I listened to his countdown show for years, many through a single earphone stuck in my ear as I carefully held my dinky FM radio in exactly the right spot to get it loud and clear. His sense of humour and careful insertion of current events, history, and even carefully couched personal opinion made even songs I didn't like worth sitting through.

May he be free of pain and confusion now.

posted by batmonkey at 11:15 AM on June 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

As a kid, I really had trouble understanding the concept of voice actors, and there was much confusion that Shaggy and Mark from Gatchaman were somehow the same person.

posted by korej at 11:15 AM on June 15, 2014

One of America's most prominent Arab-Americans and Detroiters.

He refused to continue guest-starring on the original Transformers cartoon when they decided to go full racist for a bit. Pretty bold for a famous Lebanese guy in the 1980s.

posted by zombieflanders at 11:19 AM on June 15, 2014 [13 favorites]

For me his voice takes me back to summers as a child sitting in the back seat of my father's car listening to the countdown on the way to spend a day swimming and riding the boat around the lake. I haven't paid much attention to the Top 40 radio in years, but those were some of my favorite memories. Thanks, Casey.
posted by downtohisturtles at 11:29 AM on June 15, 2014

Cartoons, Top 40, he was the definitive voice of my formative years. Loved the upbeat fun...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 11:37 AM on June 15, 2014

I remember when I was a little kid, 9 or 10, my two-years-older sister had just moved out of our shared room, giving us each our own room for the first time. And I would sometimes go down the stairs to the basement and sit on them just outside her room, and listen to her listening to the Top 40 countdown. It didn't make a lot of sense; I don't think I had my own stereo system yet, but I'm sure that if I wanted to I could have found a portable radio in the house. It was like she had passed a portal into a slightly cooler, more grown-up world that I wasn't quite in, and the Top 40 encapsulated that.
posted by tavella at 11:38 AM on June 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

He was of my happy childhood memories. The sort thing that was always just "there". Like your parents or the kids in the neighborhood. His voice was everywhere for years and years. It was something you don't even think about much until one day you realize you haven't heard him in forever. Hearing his voice as an adult was like finding one of your old toys or a comic book you hadn't seen in decades. Thanks, Casey for just doing your thing all those years.
posted by freakazoid at 11:41 AM on June 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

I used to listen to American Top 40 every weekend when I was a kid, playing it on the radio while holding a tape deck's microphone up to the speaker, ready to start recording if one of my current favorite songs started playing.

Casey Kasem's voice will always be intertwined with my childhood discovery of "grown-up" music, and I'll always associate it with Kool & the Gang and Hall & Oates and "Pop Musik" and "Tusk."

Kasem should absolutely be credited for my abiding love of three things: pop music, assembling mixtapes, and ranking the artistic output of others.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 11:45 AM on June 15, 2014 [7 favorites]

I was living in Europe as a 4 to 8 year old, so AT 40 on Armed Forces radio was my source of music. My parents taped his New Year's Eve top 100 on reel to reel every year and those tapes were the soundtrack to my days growing up.
posted by COD at 11:48 AM on June 15, 2014

His voice was in Ghostbusters, as himself, for a few easily-forgettable seconds

"The boys in gray slugged it out with a particularly pesky poltergeist, then stayed to dance the night away with some of the lovely ladies who witnessed the disturbance. I'm Casey Kasem; now on with the countdown."

Wasn't forgettable to me. But I remember weirdly.

Casey Kasem was the voice of Sunday afternoons when I was a kid. Our local pop station (99.3! The Hot Spot!) broadcast it from 4:00 to 8:00 and I was usually listening in the car; I visited my father on the weekends and he'd drive me back to my mom's on Sunday evenings. I taped the year-end countdown shows; there exists somewhere in my house a cassette from New Year's Eve 1982 in which Casey Kasem tells the story of Goody Two-Shoes during Adam Ant's intro, hitting a falsetto on "Two shoes! Two shoes!" and damned if he doesn't hit the post perfectly. I practiced that skill, up-talking a song intro juuuuust before the vocals start, and learned just how good it feels when you hit it right.

The man was a consummate professional. That ranting of his that Negativland sampled is hilarious and fucking ponderous, but his core complaint is totally valid: why would you follow a cheerful uptempo song with a depressing dedication for a dead pet? Casey knew how important an emotional through line is, even for a pop music radio show. And if the show's got your name on it, it damn well better sound good.

A friendly voice and perfect delivery. It is a shame the Lewy Body Disease took that voice away, along with everything else it takes. I am hoping very much he is at peace now.
posted by Spatch at 11:55 AM on June 15, 2014 [14 favorites]

I was into punk and metal (and eventually "college music" which was renamed alternative in the 90's) in high school in the early 80's, but listened to American Top 40 every Sunday religiously. Partly to rail at what was popular, partly to applaud when that rare sing that I saw as one of mine rose up the charts, but largely because Kasem made it compelling. I filled up notebooks with lists and graphs charting the performances of various songs (many of which I only heard on American Top 40) in the fervent belief that I'd eventually decipher what made certain songs hits.

Anyhow college made this hobby impossible. Plus I became a college dj myself and spent more time on the radio than listening to it.

I don't think I fully cane to appreciate him until I became a dj. Kasem made it sound so effortless. His voice was warm and smooth, his delivery had an idiosyncratic tempo but never sounded unnatural, and his research and writing made him sound like he had a remarkable depth of knowledge. Yes, prerecording a show is different from doing it live, but Kasem was the standard I held myself too. I don't know that I considered this until today, but he's been one of my professional role models for years.

This is part, I think, if why I find the Negativeland U2 sing so awesome. It's both a glimpse of how the sausage was made and a reminder of the absurdity of the "top 40" chart.

Anyhow, thank you, Mr. Kasem.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:05 PM on June 15, 2014 [7 favorites]

posted by Smart Dalek at 12:30 PM on June 15, 2014

That ranting of his that Negativland sampled is hilarious and fucking ponderous, but his core complaint is totally valid: why would you follow a cheerful uptempo song with a depressing dedication for a dead pet?

I have always thought that, too! Kasey wasn't being a diva, he was trying to make the show better. But it's still funny as hell.
posted by vibrotronica at 12:46 PM on June 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

One of the most distinctive voices in media, that warm, paced delivery. I listened to him in the late '70s and into the mid '80s, including overseas via AFRTS. It was nice to hear a familiar voice once a week while working overseas for the first time in a non-English-speaking environment.

Thanks for the hours of entertainment, Mr. Kasem.

posted by the sobsister at 12:49 PM on June 15, 2014

This is ancient history for many Americans but for what it's worth, he opposed the Gulf War
posted by gorbweaver at 12:53 PM on June 15, 2014 [6 favorites]

posted by jiroczech at 12:54 PM on June 15, 2014

posted by Ber at 1:11 PM on June 15, 2014

The voice of my childhood shall speak no more. Much sadness.

posted by Meep! Eek! at 1:16 PM on June 15, 2014

One of my oddest "brushes with fame" was when Casey Kasem yelled at me (no profanity) on live television. It was back when the PBS station in Los Angeles raised money by doing a televised auction of donated goods, and Kasem was doing a segment where he was the live auctioneer facing a phone bank of people getting calls from bidders at home. Volunteer me was in that phone bank and I was handling a call with a bad connection - bad enough that I and the bidder had to go back and forth with my hand over my other ear before I could stand up and yell out his bid. Of course, I was not keeping up with what Casey was calling out, so I kept yelling out bids that were one or TWO bids behind. He lost patience with it before I did, and, pointing at me, yelled "SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!" There were many giggles, and I was definitely embarrassed. A half-hour later, I was backstage awaiting assignment to a different phonebank and Jean Kasem, Casey's wife and actress who played tall, buxom blondes who were usually smarter than they looked (she was almost a head taller than Casey, and taller than ME), approached me and apologized for her husband's rudeness. Classy lady - when the news came out about Kasem's family fighting over his treatment, I saw that they were still married and thought "well, she must be right".


Also, during my short-lived radio career, I was surprised how Casey's American Top 40 show was distributed - on 12-inch records, a half-hour of show per side with the local commercial breaks between tracks that the station operator had to cue up like a regular song. They recorded far enough in advance to have the records pressed and mailed to the 200+ radio stations airing the show. (They also required that they be sent back after broadcast, so collectors copies were rare and totally unauthorized)
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:44 PM on June 15, 2014 [11 favorites]

> and for teaching a generation to count backwards from 40.

A 4x improvement! Werner Von Braun only did it from 10.
posted by jfuller at 2:28 PM on June 15, 2014 [5 favorites]

Now Kasem can snuggle with all the little dogs in the afterlife.
posted by Twang at 2:31 PM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by lalochezia at 2:34 PM on June 15, 2014

> Now Kasem can snuggle with all the little dogs in the afterlife.

Who else will be there with Casey in voice actor heaven? Mel Blanc, obviously. I know Frank Oz spoke for many Muppets, and Parker and Stone for many South Park characters, but they're not dead yet. (I just recently learned that Walt Disney himself was the original voice of Mickey and Minnie.)
posted by jfuller at 2:55 PM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by Michele in California at 3:28 PM on June 15, 2014


(Part of my adolescence was spent listening to AT40 in the outer suburbs of Melbourne; hearing Paula Abdul and Exposé and all those La'Face and Jam & Lewis productions—and, indeed, having the concept of the producer who shapes the sound of a record explained—was a welcome break from the sort of meat'n'potatoes pub-rock records by former Neighbours stars that littered the Australian equivalent, and probably shaped my sense of musical aesthetics. Farewell, Casey, and godspeed.)
posted by acb at 4:02 PM on June 15, 2014

Here's a long-distance dedication.

posted by 4ster at 4:22 PM on June 15, 2014

posted by rahnefan at 5:51 PM on June 15, 2014

It did not last long, but there was a brief window of time when AT40 felt to me like a portal to hipness, to more-grown-up-ness, and was also something my parents liked to listen to in the car. So.

posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 5:52 PM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

A local station here in Raleigh plays the remastered, remixed old AT40 shows on weekend mornings, and I cannot get enough of it. I wallow in it. It is the soundtrack of my childhood, and all the lyrics are still burned into my brain, which given the quality of some of that 1970s music is a damn shame.

Thanks for many years of true entertainment, Casey. I couldn't forget you if I wanted to.

posted by GrammarMoses at 5:55 PM on June 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

The 70s on 7 channel on SiriusXM is in the middle of a 24 hour Casey tribute, one countdown show from each year of the 70s.

For some reason, the one memory that sticks in my head of hearing his show in the old days was listening to him explain what "bust a move" means before playing Young MC.
posted by evilcolonel at 6:13 PM on June 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

I loved his show, loved his voice, caring demeanor. Glad he was on the radio.

posted by nickyskye at 6:57 PM on June 15, 2014

Well played, Twang.
posted by whuppy at 7:07 PM on June 15, 2014

On a hot, mid-60s Sea & Ski-scented afternoon on the Jersey shore, every transistor radio would be tuned to Kasem, so a stroll along the packed beach kept you always within earshot of his show. It was the perfect soundtrack to a great Sunday and we were always sad when he reached the number one song--because it meant the weekend would end soon too.

Thanks for a long and wonderful summer, Mr. Kasem.
posted by kinnakeet at 7:21 PM on June 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

During is days as a DJ in LA, he hosted Shebang, which was a counterpart to the Lloyd Thaxton show.

Thaxton's show was a lot more low-tech, but I believe that it came on the air before Shebang. Each brought local high school kids onto the set to dance, and you had to chance to either appear, or at least watch your classmates on TV.

Heady days to be in high school in the LA area, back in the early 60's.
posted by Danf at 9:36 PM on June 15, 2014

I loved his distinctive voice and I will miss it.
posted by h00py at 2:08 AM on June 16, 2014

posted by Gelatin at 3:12 AM on June 16, 2014

For some reason we got him on late-night Scottish television back in the 1980s: he always seemed bursting with life and vigour and charm.
posted by alasdair at 4:29 AM on June 16, 2014

I too am an Australian who listened to American Top 40 every Sunday night in my formative teenage years. I'd lay there in bed with my headphone FM radio on and try to stay awake until number 1 at about 10:30PM, but was often lulled to sleep by Casey's voice well before then. I also had no idea he did cartoon voice-work. RIP.
posted by Diag at 4:52 AM on June 16, 2014

Oh man. Kasem's voice will always be inextricably linked to the memory of returning from Boy Scout weekend camping trips. Usually in the jump seat of an old diesel pickup (or the bed, if the parent was particularly irresponsible). That voice meant one thing - a hot shower was in my immediate future.
posted by robstercraw at 6:37 AM on June 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

This little remembrance by Sarah Larson on the New Yorker's website is great.
posted by thursdaystoo at 6:41 AM on June 16, 2014 [2 favorites]

He was the world's most famous living Druze.
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:46 AM on June 16, 2014

He refused to continue guest-starring on the original Transformers cartoon when they decided to go full racist for a bit. Pretty bold for a famous Lebanese guy in the 1980s.

It has to be noted that when Transformers went full on racist, they made one of the bad guys a qaddhafiesque Arab strongman of the country named... wait for it...

The Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya

Its capital city had a population of 4,000 people and 10,000 camels.
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:52 AM on June 16, 2014

Having grown up with him as a childhood constant on both Top 40 and Scooby Doo, that recording of him getting fed up enough to swear was a huge delight when I first heard it (though MeFi, if I recall correctly.)

posted by blurker at 8:24 AM on June 16, 2014

I never really listened to Kasem, and was only really tangentially aware of him as a kid.

Nevertheless, he left a mark on the pop music landscape that can never be erased.

I'm glad his suffering is over.

posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:12 AM on June 16, 2014

No, no, no, no, no.

Do it.
posted by orme at 10:45 AM on June 16, 2014

thursdaystoo: "This little remembrance by Sarah Larson on the New Yorker's website is great."

She hits the sweet spot here: On “Scooby-Doo” he was always scared, like I was, of all the trouble the gang got itself into; on his countdowns, he was a straight, square mediator between you and rock and roll.
posted by chavenet at 12:41 PM on June 16, 2014 [3 favorites]

Who else will be there with Casey in voice actor heaven?

Everyone on this list (except John Stephenson, still alive at 90), and most of this list (Julie McWhirter and Janet Waldo are retired, but June Foray is alive and still voicing at 96... mostly cast for old woman voices, but in the 'I Know That Voice' documentary she demonstrates she can still do Rocky the Flying Squirrel... the day we do an obitfilter for her will be a sad, sad day)
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:55 PM on June 16, 2014 [2 favorites]

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