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THAT’S ALL FOLKS (Eintou for Mel Blanc)

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Melvin Jerome “Mel” Blank (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was born on  in San Francisco, California. According to Wikipedia, Mel changed the spelling of his last name to “Blanc” in high school after a rude comment from a teacher. He was a prolific voice actor known as the “man of a Thousand Voices.” He created the voices for the following cartoon characters: Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote, The Road Runner, Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, Taz the Tasmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Pepe la Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Barney Ruble, Dino the Dinosaur, Secret Squirrel, Captain Caveman, Speed Buggy, and Toucan Sam.  I wrote these Eintou poems to thank Mel Blanc for the generations laughter and host of voices he shared with the world!
 

1.

Mel Blanc

Gave us laughter

With the voices he made

Like Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

Unsung “Black History”

‘Cause we only

Heard him.

 

2.

His gift

Was the voices

He used to animate

Iconic cartoon characters,

To first state catch phrases,

And parody

His world.

 

3.

Mel Blanc

Was a Black man

Who worked in Hollywood

During Jim Crow segregation

As a vocal actor

Transcending race

on screen.


Correction:  I vaguely recall learning in my teens that he was Black. However, I have not found any evidence to indicate Mel Blanc was Aftican-American. The only ethnic references I have seen say that he was Jewish. But, these pieces were based on the premise of him being a Black man.


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