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June Foray Invited Talk Transcript 

Update: June Foray, legendary actress famous for giving a voice to numerous cartoon characters, passed away June 26, 2017. I had the pleasure (as “Mickey”) of hosting an online chat with her along with help from my friend Melanie Ross (EntertainMuck’s “Alice”) who was alongside Ms. Foray during the interview and typed in her replies and comments as June said them. EntertainMuck’s lar3ry and I appreciate her efforts in getting June available for our little group.
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EntertainMuckThis is a transcript of a special invited online talk. The chat occurred on Saturday 8 August 1998 at 10 PM U.S. CDT (GMT -0500) at the Arbordale Auditorium on AmberThree Productions’ EntertainMuck (http://www.emuck.com, telnet://game.emuck.com:6903). This transcript logs only the questions asked to Ms. Foray (JuneForay), comments from moderator Rich “Mickey” Koster, and assorted opening and closing comments. Audience comments during the talk are not generally included. 

* * * Keeping Disney Lawyers Happy Mode: ON * * *

While June Foray has affiliations with The Walt Disney Company, she is not visiting this chat as an Official Representative of TWDC. Any and all comments stated here are solely the opinions and experiences of Ms. Foray and do not necessarily reflect the policies of TWDC.

* * * Keeping Disney Lawyers Happy Mode: OFF * * *

The Arbordale Auditorium

Special Invited Talks with celebrity guests take place in this large auditorium.

Current Topic: June Foray, voice artist

Current Moderator: Mickey

Current Guest Speakers: JuneForay (June Foray)

Ms. June Foray is best known for her work as Bullwinkle’s pal, Rocky the Flying Squirrel, although she’s done hundreds of cartoon voices: Nell Fenwick, Dudley Do-Right’s girl; Natasha Fatale, Boris Badenov’s partner-in-crime; and most recently the voice of Grandmother Fa in Disney’s “Mulan” animated feature, just to name a few. For more info, see (updated link) using your web browser. This chat with Ms. June Foray takes place Saturday, 8/8, at 8 PM Pacific time / 10 PM Central time / 11 PM Eastern time.

> To ask a question of anyone at the podium, enter ‘REQUEST’ (without quotes) and wait to be prompted to enter your question. Your REQUESTed question can be longer than one line – Just wait to press your Enter key until after you finish typing your question (not at the end of *each* line). Many questions may be in the REQUEST queue ahead of yours, so please be patient. No one at the podium can hear what is said in this room so use REQUEST for questions.

Exits: Doorway to the [Podium], Mickey’s Cyber Diner [MCD], Arbordale [C]enter, No-Spam Seats [EHX], [Shoe]-seum

Contents: Air Forays, Stenographic camera, Plush Beast

>< Mickey says, “Welcome to EMuck, June!”

>< JuneForay says, “I’m delighted to be here!”

>< JuneForay says, “And, thank you for welcoming me!”

>< Mickey says, “This is my son here, Meecelet, who will be taking notes tonight for the chat transcript. Real bright lil’ 2 1/2 year old mousie! Huh-ha!”

ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) Tonight’s Special Invited Talk with Ms. June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of others, will begin in about 10 minutes. If you aren’t already in the auditorium, come on in now by typing “run welcome;june” without the quotes.

JuneForay has disconnected.

JuneForay has connected.

>< Mickey says, “Welcome back, June!”

>< JuneForay says, “Connection prob — we’re okay now.”

>< JuneForay says, “I’m glad that the crash didn’t last for two hours!”

>< Mickey grins and is glad, too!

>< Mickey says, “Did any of that hokeybluesmoke come out of the computer when it crashed?”

>< JuneForay laughs!

>< JuneForay says, “It went into Upsidaisium!”

>< Mickey giggles

>< Mickey says, “We have 13 questions in the REQUEST queue now. To add yours, type REQUEST and press your Enter key, then wait to be prompted for your question — then type it in and then only press the Enter key at the end of your question (not the end of each line in a multi-line question). Oh! Make sure you’re in the Arbordale Auditorium (or the EHX seats) to use REQUEST.”

ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) We’ll begin tonight’s special chat with Ms. June Foray in about 5 minutes. If you aren’t already in the auditorium, type “run welcome;June” without quotes to join us now.

>< Mickey hands June a Mouseke-cola.

>< JuneForay says, “I hope it’s cold!”

>< Mickey says, “It’s cold all right… Mice like ice!”

Mickey grins at JuneForay and wiggles his nose. As it jiggles up and down, his big mousie ears wiggle-waggle!

>< JuneForay says, “Well, I’m a tiggle-taggle!”

Mickey adjusts his mouse-eared moderator hat and prepares to start tonight’s chat Special Invited Talk.

Mickey takes the Mouse-Eared Moderator Hat and puts it on, smiling as he senses it fits him!

ANNOUNCE> (Mickey) The Special Invited Talk with our special guest, Ms. June Foray, will now begin in the Arbordale Auditorium. Type ‘run welcome;June’ without quotes to get there if you’re not already in the Auditorium.

>< Mickey says, “Welcome, everyone, to EntertainMuck’s Arbordale Auditorium and our 15th Special Invited Talk here on EMuck.”

CHIME> CUCKOO!

Sat Aug 8 22:00:05 CDT 1998

>< Mickey says, “Tonight, AmberThree Productions and the FANtasEARS Disney Fan Club are proud to present our special guest, Ms. June Foray!”

>< Mickey says, “She’s been called the Queen of Cartoons for the hundreds of Toon Characters that she’s provided voices for, including Bullwinkle’s pal: Rocky the Flying Squirrel.”

>< Mickey says, “Gosh, June, thanks so much for joining us this evening!”

>< JuneForay says, “I’m delighted that you asked me!”

>< Mickey says, “And thanks to EMuck’s Alice for helping tonight by typing what June Foray is saying out loud to her!”

>< Alice blushes!

>< Mickey says, “And to all of you out there in the Arbordale Auditorium, thanks for joining us, too. Let’s give a big EMuck welcome to Ms. June Foray!”

>< Mickey says, “None of us onstage can hear you in the audience while we’re at the podium, so that is why there is the REQUEST feature in the auditorium…”

>< Mickey says, “To leave a question, type the word REQUEST (and press your Enter key). When you are prompted for your question, type it in — and then only press your Enter key at the END of your question, not at the end of each line (if it is a multi-line question).”

>< Mickey says, “While we’ll try to ask all of the questions in the REQUEST queue, there are already a lot of questions lined up, so please limit your follow-up questions. To follow-up, enter PAGE MICKEY=MyMessageHere and I’ll pass it on to June.”

>< Mickey says, “Transcripts of tonight’s chat will be available at EMuck’s web site and ftp site in a few days. We’ll announce when the transcripts are ready.”

>< Mickey says, “And now, here’s something I hope Disney’s lawyers will *really* like…”

>< Mickey says, “While June Foray has affiliations with The Walt Disney Company, she is not here as an Official Representative of TWDC. Any and all comments stated here are solely her own opinions and experiences and do not necessarily reflect the policies of TWDC or any other corporate entity.”

>< Mickey gulps for breath and then says, “Hokeysmoke! What a mouthful! And now, let’s begin the chat. June, are you ready?

>< JuneForay says, “Anytime you are, Mickey!”

>< Mickey says, “First of all, what does “Hokeysmoke” mean?”

>< JuneForay says, “Not a darn thing!”

>< Mickey says, “Where did it come from?”

>< JuneForay says, “From the writer, I presume it was Bill Scott.”

>< JuneForay says, “When I first read the script and Rocky said ‘Hokeysmoke,’ I kept reiterating ‘Holy Smokes’…until I was reprimanded — several times!”

>< Mickey grins

>< JuneForay laughs

>< Mickey says, “I made that mistake too — and fixed it recently when I heard from you about the correction! Thank you. I had it wrong on my webpage and in the Usenet newsgroup announcements about tonight’s chat.”

>< Mickey says, “And now, here’s some questions we hope you *really* like!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Timon) I’m interested in becoming a voice actor. How would I get started on my way to becoming one?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Verify the fact that you have talent, memorize classical plays, join the Screen Actor’s Guild if you can, make a demo tape not to exceed two and a half minutes, and you must have an agent!”

>< JuneForay says, “It’s really a Catch 22 situation. You can’t get an agent unless you belong to SAG…and you can’t get a job without an agent. But — persevere! And develop a thick skin.”

>< Mickey says, “How did you get around the Catch 22 when you first started working, June?”

>< JuneForay says, “I started in radio, and belonged to AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Actors). Once you work through AFTRA, within a year you may join SAG. If you work!!”

>< Mickey says, “Timon thanks you very much for the answer to his question, June.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) June, tell us about your association with Stan Freberg. I have a CD set of his ’57 radio show, and I tiink you did some funny stuff in it. My favorite sketch of his was the Dragnet one. Beleive me, I got it straight from the dragon’s mouth!

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I first met Stan when we did a short, a live action short, called ‘Speaking of Animals.’ The animals would turn to the camera, and just pull a funny snapper…”

>< JuneForay says, “…but then, we were put under contract to Capitol Records: Stan, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, and I recording children’s programs, during which time Stan and Daws wrote Saint George and the Dragonette…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and this is what started Stan’s comedy records, with me in them, of course.”

>< JuneForay says, “I still work with Stan; of course we did the Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, parts one and two…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and our 15 radio shows are in the Smithsonian Institution with an introduction with Stan, Peter Leeds, and me reminiscing about recording the radio shows.”

>< Mickey says, “Here’s a follow-up to Timon’s question…”

>< *** Next question:

>< (guest4) How does one get an agent?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “It’s very difficult. The way you can find out if an agent represents voiceover people is to call SAG. They have a list of agents. And just be dogmatic in calling them.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.PonsonbyBrit) Which are some good agents… Don Pitts?… etc?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Don Pitts is my agent and there’s Cunningham…”

>< JuneForay says, “…I don’t know too many, because I’ve been with Don Pitts for so many years!”

>< Mickey says, “Thanks for the tips!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) ‘You worked with the late Bill scott, first on the Bullwinkle show, and then in Gummi Bears. Do you consider this association with him to be unforgettable?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I do. He was a brilliant writer, he was the head writer on the Bullwinkle show. He started out as a writer and he wrote the demo for Bullwinkle…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and when we recorded our first show, Jay Ward said, ‘June, you will do Rocky and Natasha, and Paul Frees will be Boris.’ And Bill Scott said, ‘Who’s Bullwinkle?’ Bill said, ‘Well, I thought you were!'”

>< Mickey giggles

>< JuneForay says, “…because he had used the Bullwinkle voice in reading the script that he read to Jay!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Beast) Were the writers of Rocky & Bullwinkle making it up as they went? What were they smoking? That’s some of the most wonderful, madcap humor ever penned. Do you have any tales or insights into the creative process that gave us R&B?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “The original idea of a moose and a squirrel came from Jay Ward and Alex Anderson. They had done ‘Superchicken’…”

>< JuneForay says, “…Err, no; wait a minute, I mean ‘Crusader Rabbit’!”

>< JuneForay says, “…But, when Jay Ward moved to Southern California from Berkeley, he hired Bill Scott as a writer and a co-producer. Bill knew these writers and they went on to write Mary Tyler Moore, Mork & Mindy, Barney Miller, plus other wonderful shows.”

>< Mickey says, “Yes, they were all wonderful, especially yours!”

>< JuneForay smiles

>< *** Next question:

>< (CzarJim) Rocky and Bullwinkle had a lot of wonderful multi-level humor – it was great for both adults and children. Was the conscious in the writing? Was there an ongoing attempt to entertain the parents and the children?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “It was not directed towards children. It was directed to adults. Whatever made Jay Ward laugh was written into the script and produced. However, children loved it, because of the situations, the look of the characters, and the voices…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and they couldn’t understand why their parents laughed at different times!”

>< Mickey says, “Bashful is telling me something. He says Chris Hayward was one of the writers…”

>< JuneForay nods.

>< Mickey says, “He saw some reminisces from him in an oral history book about TV called The Box”

>< JuneForay says, “Chris Hayward, Chris Jenkyns, Lloyd Turner, George Atkins, Bill Scott, and Alan Burns.”

>< JuneForay says, “Alan Burns went on to be a producer at Mary Tyler Moore productions.”

>< Mickey says, “Need your Mouseke-cola freshened up, June?”

>< Mickey grins

>< JuneForay says, “I would indeed like it freshened up!”

>< Mickey watches Meecelet put more ice and bubbily into June’s glass.

>< Mickey says, “It’s our pleasure!”

>< JuneForay says, “I’ve talked too long with a dry mouth.”

>< Mickey says, “Speaking of a dry mouth… Do you have any special things you do to get ready for your voice-over roles?”

>< JuneForay says, “No.”

>< JuneForay says, “That’s a very concise answer, isn’t it!”

>< Mickey says, “Do you have to avoid drinking or anything before you do a voice? Avoid drinking milkshakes, for instance?”

>< JuneForay says, “Well, I like to drink water, I like to keep a lot of water…preferably hot water…but it’s not necessary. I never drink milkshakes!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Rufus) I see that one of the Annies is called the “June Foray Award”. What’s that and why you?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “It was because of my contribution to the art of animation. I helped create the Hollywood branch of the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA Hollywood. I created the Annie Awards and the Cel Sale in my backyard!”

>< Mickey says, “Your backyard? Wow!”

>< JuneForay says, “Also, being on the motion picture academy Board of Governors, representing short films…”

>< JuneForay says, “…I have helped preserve short films and animation…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and that is why the June Foray award is given to those who have contributed largely to our art.”

>< JuneForay says, “Ray Bradbury, Chuck Jones, and others came to the cel sale! It was covered by NBC, too!”

>< Mickey knows someone right next to you who has some for sale, too.

>< Mickey winks and waves at Alice.

>< JuneForay says, “I also started a convention at USC and people came from all over the country for a two-day conference with everyone from the networks, the studios, voice-over people, musicians…”

>< JuneForay says, “It was an exhilarating weekend for people in animation.”

>< Mickey says, “I bet!”

>< JuneForay says, “I also assisted Walter Lanz with his conference at AFI.”

>< JuneForay says, “So that’s why they call it the June Foray award!”

>< Mickey says, “Great reason!”

>< JuneForay says, “I’m also on the board of Women in Animation.”

>< JuneForay says, “…and I attend animation festivals all over the world.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.Fred) Can you tell us how you founded ASIFA, what that’s about and how they are doing these days?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “ASIFA was an international organization — still is — from Russia, to Finland, Australia, Italy, France, England, Canada…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and so, we thought it was about time that Hollywood had a branch, because we are so prolific.”

>< JuneForay says, “ASIFA has expanded enormously. They also have instructions to people who wish to be animators. They are giving more Annie Awards for musicians, for film editors, writers, storyboard artists — all branches of animation — and the president is Antron Manoogian.”

>< Mickey says, “DannyCat here on EMuck wishes to thank you, June, for the part you played in getting “Cats Don’t Dance” the Annie award.”

>< Mickey applauds!

>< JuneForay applauds too!

>< *** Next question:

>< (Rufus) I couldn’t find a complete filmography of your work anywhere. Do you think there is one in print or on the web?

>< ***

>< JuneForay goes to get a specific book in Real Life…

>< JuneForay says, “I am mentioned in so many books that I can’t remember them all! But here’s one: Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television, Vol. 8 by Owen O’Donnell, Editor.”

>< JuneForay says, “Also, the National Cartoonists Society Album 50th anniversary edition, edited by Bill Janocha.”

>< JuneForay says, “…Also, the July 17th Chicago Tribune has a big write-up on me…”

>< JuneForay says, “But the ‘Contemporary Theatre and Film’ book is very fine. I’m between Bridget Fonda and Harrison Ford, so I’m in good company!”

>< JuneForay laughs

>< Mickey grins

>< JuneForay says, “It’s such a great filmography, that I can’t even remember everything I’ve done, and this helps me.”

>< Mickey says, “Those are pretty complete about your voice work? Rufus says he’s found quite a bit written about you, but hasn’t found a complete listing.”

>< JuneForay says, “You’ll find it in the ‘Contemporary’ one. The publisher is Gale Research International Limited.”

>< Mickey says, “Double_D passes along a sentiment that I think we all share: He says never realized just how involved you are in animation and that it’s amazing to see such a long and varied career! Thanks for everything.”

>< JuneForay says, “That’s very rewarding. Thank you.”

>< Mickey says, “Yes, that is shared by all in the auditorium — I hear ya out there! I only hear you via pages, though. ;-)”

>< Mickey grins

>< Mickey says, “OK, and now… On with the show!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Rufus) Just how many voices do you have inside there, anyway?

>< ***

>< JuneForay thinks…

>< JuneForay says, “Thousands!”

>< Mickey says, “What is your favorite one to do?”

>< JuneForay says, “Everyone asks me that and I can’t say that I, myself, have a favorite, because there’s a little bit of June Foray in every Character that I do. However, I am aware of what the public likes most, and that’s Rocky and Natasha.”

>< Mickey nods!

>< JuneForay says, “i just did a CD-Rom with all of the Jay Ward characters from the show for the Houghton/Mifflin Publishing Company.”

>< Mickey says, “What do you think Rocky and/or Natasha would say if they were to talk to Mickey Mouse?”

>< Mickey smiles

>< JuneForay says, “What would they say?”

>< JuneForay says, “GET OFF THE SCREEN!!!”

>< JuneForay says, “No, I’m joking!”

>< JuneForay laughs

>< Mickey says, “Huh-ha! Guzzy passes along that she, as an aspiring female animator, thinks it is so incredible for how much you have done and are doing for animation, June!”

>< JuneForay beams. “Thank you. I’m a pay-back kid.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Alice) Do you get videotapes of all cartoon episodes you’re in? Or, do you tape the shows from T.V.?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I tape them.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Alice) What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of voiceover work?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Coming up with a new approach to a new character, arrived at through a great deal of thought and self-inspection…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and certainly attempting to be different, because each Character that has to be represented has its own characteristics, its own attitudes, and obviously, you have to adjust to another creature’s point of view.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Belle) from SunniGummi: did you enjoy working with Bill Scott with his production company and Disney?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I loved working for Disney. The first thing I ever did was Lucifer the cat…”

>< Mickey says, “Cat!”

>< Mickey shivers

>< JuneForay says, “…so now here I’ve come full circle with Mulan.”

>< JuneForay giggles with Mickey.

>< Mickey says, “Don’t DO that!”

>< Mickey calms down.

>< JuneForay laughs

>< *** Next question:

>< (SunniGummi) Which show that you worked on from Disney, did you enjoy the most?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Do you mean television show?”

>< Mickey says, “Yes”

>< JuneForay says, “I loved doing Grammy Gummi in the Gummi Bears! And, of course, I was Ma Beagle, the loudmouth in Duck Tales…”

>< JuneForay says, “…and Magica Despell in Ducktales.”

>< Mickey watches Meecelet exchange the Mouseke-cola for Gummiberri juice in June’s glass.

>< JuneForay looks at the Gummiberri juice and says, “Oh, good!”

>< JuneForay says, “Throw a few Gummi Bears in, too!”

>< Mickey grins

>< *** Next question:

>< (Belle) Can you tell us about any memorable moments in making Mulan?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Meeting with the producers and the writers and the directors…their innovation in what they wanted. They were so concise.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) June, how was it to work with Ming-Na Wen? Was she nice?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “The only time I met her was when she concluded recording. As she was coming out, I was going in. We never worked together. We always worked singly.”

>< Mickey says, “June, each time I’ve seen “Mulan,” the biggest laughs come from your lines, including when you asked if the guy wanted to stay for dinner! Did you do your own singing in that movie?”

>< JuneForay says, “No, I did not. That was Marnie Nixon. I did the speaking parts within the songs. There was more dialogue, but I guess for time, they had to edit it.”

>< Mickey says, “Have you ever sung in any of your roles?”

>< JuneForay says, “Occasionally, when I’ve had to.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (SunniGummi) Gummi Bears is one of my favorite shows. Did you enjoy working on that series?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I loved it! Because, Grammy Gummi was gruff, but she had a heart of gold — as long as people stayed out of her kitchen!”

>< JuneForay laughs

>< Mickey says, “Gusto thanks you for your work (he’s here on EMuck) and also for all the marple nut cookies!”

>< JuneForay gives a puzzled look.

>< Mickey says, “Grammi was known for cooking those cookies.”

>< Mickey says, “By the way, Jymn Magon said to be sure to say ‘Hi!’ to you, June!”

>< JuneForay says, “Oh, is he online?”

>< Mickey says, “No, but he was a previous Special Guest at one of our chats”

>< JuneForay says, “Tell him I love him! And tell him also, I loved his writing on ‘The Christmas Carol’!”

>< Mickey says, “Rufus asks, “Which “Christmas Carol” was that?”

>< JuneForay says, “It was done last year by DIC.”

>< Mickey says, “Ah! We’ll look for it”

>< JuneForay says, “It starred Tim Curry and Whoopi Goldberg; Jymn wrote the script.”

>< Mickey says, “DIC, the animation studio — Didn’t Disney buy that company?”

>< Mickey thinks so.

>< JuneForay says, “Ooops!”

>< Mickey says, “They are still called DIC, though”

>< JuneForay doesn’t know, but Alice is nodding and saying, “Disney owns an _interest_ in DIC; not outright ownership.”

>< Mickey thanks Alice for the correction.

>< Mickey says, “Here are more questions…”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Alice) What would you say is the most important skill necessary for success in animated voiceover work?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Being a good actor because in voiceovers, we don’t have the privilege of having people see our eyes or our body language.”

>< JuneForay says, “It all has to do with our inflection, our thinking, our being natural in our readings.”

>< JuneForay says, “In live action, you really don’t have to be that skilled a performer because you have the visual; but the voiceover actor has to depend solely on his intuitive reading.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Alice) Is there a Character you would like to give voice to, but haven’t? Who?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I can’t think of any…I suppose there are some new ones coming up, but I don’t audition anymore!”

>< Mickey says, “Plush Beast in our auditorium would like you to do his “voice”… he doesn’t have one, you see, except to go “Eeep! Eeep!””

>< Mickey throws Scooby Snacks out to Plush Beast

>< JuneForay says, “Eeep is fine enough for me.”

>< Mickey grins

>< *** Next question:

>< (Sally) What is your favorite part about animation? Or rather, about BEING an animated character?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “One doesn’t have to go for wardrobe fittings, one doesn’t have to memorize lines, one doesn’t have to be on the set at 6:00 in the morning for makeup and wait around all day.”

>< Mickey says, “Rufus follows-up about your previous answer and asks if that is why you’ve done so little live action work?”

>< JuneForay says, “Yes! Green Acres was the last on-camera part I did.”

>< Mickey says, “What role?”

>< JuneForay says, “The leeetle angry switchboard lady who kept messing things up!”

>< Mickey will have to watch more TV Land and less Vault Disney! 😉

>< Mickey hears Alice laughing as June does the voice for her!

>< Mickey says, “Bashful follows-up by saying that you mentioned you did Lucifer’s voice and he wonders if you know whatever happened to Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella.”

CHIME> CUCKOO!

>< JuneForay says, “Oh! I saw her the other day on a panel in Anaheim, at Disneyland for Disneyana. And, the man who played Thumper (Bambi) was there, too!”

>< JuneForay says, “I don’t know what Ilene is doing, but she looked wonderful and I remember she said that she was amazed to do a speaking voice because she was just a singer.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (SunniGummi) Was there a voice that you had trouble doing?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Not really…”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Tahamaki) Have you done any commercials? (besides the one for Taco Bell?)

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Oh, gosh, the Golden Crisp cereals; Energizer batteries. I was the sexy voice that said: Bandini is the word for….fertilizer.”

>< Mickey giggles and Alice faints!

>< JuneForay says, “I just did a commercial for Radio Shack and I do so many, I just can’t keep track!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Clarice) What do you think of the current crop of voice artists in relation to artists past?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “There are some excellent performers now. Some of the young people of today are quite talented. I think it would be difficult for someone to enter the field right now as the established competition is fierce.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Wuntvor) What other voice talent was the funnest to work with and why?

>< ***

>< JuneForay thinks…

>< JuneForay says, “Now we’re talking over a period of many years…”

>< JuneForay says, “I would think, Paul Frees, Daws Butler, Bill Scott, Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg — all superbly versatile. And, decent human beings!!  And they all had magnificent senses of humor. Many fond memories.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.Prismo) Which vocal exercises would you consider the most important for your work?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I don’t use any.”

>< JuneForay says, “I like to talk alot, after I get up in the morning, just to limber it a little bit.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (SunniGummi) How was it to work with the late, great Mel Blanc?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Oh, it was charming. Some of the funniest jokes I ever heard came from Mel. We’d start the session with a funny joke, some of them quite crude.”

>< JuneForay chuckles

>< Mickey says, “And Rufus follows-up: “How was it to work with the late, great Boris Karloff?”

>< JuneForay says, “We recorded separately.”

>< Mickey says, “Ever meet him at all?”

>< JuneForay says, “The only time I worked with Boris was in radio, and I did a live-action picture called ‘Sabaka’, which he was in. We recorded the Grinch separately, so I didn’t work with him. But, I just met his daughter, recently. Very nice lady.”

>< Mickey says, “And Sunni follows-up asking what it was like working with Bill Scott on Gummi Bears, if you have any more anecdotes about that.”

>< JuneForay says, “Well, of course, I had worked with Bill for so many years, on Rocky & Bullwinkle, and George of the Jungle, and all of the commercials that we did…”

>< JuneForay says, “He was a marvelous person; brilliant; and helped. His hand was _always_ out helping people. He was such a gentle person.”

>< JuneForay says, “Anyone who needed advice, or assistance getting a job, he was there.”

>< Mickey says, “Let’s hold off on the follow-up pages, folks, and go back to the REQUEST queue… There’s lots of questions ahead of you.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.Fred) How many recording sessions for the Granny in Mulan… 5?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I think there were six. I also recorded two cassettes: one for a read-along and another longer one that is a read-along & sing-along, as Grandmother Fa.”

>< JuneForay says, “I called Disney records, and they said the read-along was FIRST in sales among children!”

>< Mickey claps loudly!

>< *** Next question:

>< (MissSawyer) Can you sign me up for the next war, too? 😉

>< ***

>< Mickey grins at the “Mulan” reference

>< JuneForay nods!

>< *** Next question:

>< (Sally) I’ve made up a little cartoon character that doesn’t have a voice. When my character gets animated some day, would I be able to get you to do the honors? 😉

>< ***

>< JuneForay speaks in Natasha voice: “Eet depends on how much you are payink me, darlink!”

>< Mickey grins

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) June, I read somewhere that General Mills, the sponsor of Bullwinkle, tried to stop the counterfeit box-top episode. Do you recall this incident?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Yes, I do!”

>< Mickey says, “Tell us about it!”

>< JuneForay says, “It was the counterfeit box tops, which would eliminate our monetary system: just use box tops.”

>< JuneForay says, “General Mills was _not_ delighted.”

>< Mickey says, “I bet! Well, the episode aired, so what happened?”

>< JuneForay says, “Whatever Jay and his writers wanted, that’s what went on the air. They paid no attention to objections from the network, or sponsors.”

>< JuneForay says, “When Rocky and Bullwinkle were in a boiling pot they said, ‘You can’t do that! That’s inhumane.’ And Jay said, ‘What, for a moose and a squirrel?’ So Jay went ahead and did it!”

>< Mickey grins

>< JuneForay says, “If there were any objections, he would say ‘Do you want the show tomorrow?’ and that’s it!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) Where did the fake name Ponsonby Britt come from?

>< ***

>< Mickey says, “That was fake????”

>< Mickey is shocked.

>< JuneForay says, “There is no Ponsonby Britt — It’s just some place that Bill and Jay came up with.”

>< JuneForay says, “Captain Peter Peachfuzz was a play on Peter Peach, who was the distributor!”

>< Mickey says, “Next you’ll be telling me that Rocky can’t really fly…”

>< JuneForay says, “The lady who does Rocky can’t!”

>< Mickey sprinkles Pixie Dust on June

>< Mickey says, “Now think good thoughts”

>< JuneForay laughs.

>< JuneForay says, “Some people were quite upset when they learned that a woman was doing the voice of Rocky.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (guest4) How is today’s voice acting different from when it initially started?

><  ***

>< Mickey says, “Better mikes.”

>< Mickey grins

>< JuneForay says, “It’s essentially the same.”

>< JuneForay laughs with Mickey.

>< Mickey lowfurs JuneForay

>< *** Next question:

>< (MissSawyer) How old do you have to be to be a voice artist?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “You can start at, oh gosh, five years old.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Tahamaki) What voice artists do you personally feel were mentors to you?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I didn’t have any. My mentors were Mrs. Malaprop and Lady Brackno, from ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.'”

>< JuneForay says, “…And the old lady that I do is from the James M. Barry play, ‘The Old Lady Shows Her Medals.’ Those were my mentors.”

>< Mickey says, “You mean from those productions you saw performed… or read?”

>< JuneForay says, “Read. I was an omniverous reader, and still am.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (guest4) Did you ever take part in the concerts at the Dudley Do-Right Emporium?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Concerts?”

>< Mickey says, “Concerts, guest4?”

>< Mickey says, “Follow-up from guest4…”

>< *** Next question:

>< (guest4) Yes, Jay Ward had concerts in the parking lot.

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Years ago, Jay Ward closed Sunset Blvd. and had a big opening at the studio. He had an orchestra there, and we all wrote our names in the concrete. But that’s the only time. The Emporium wasn’t even open at that time.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Wuntvor) Can you tell us more about the “live recording” system that was used for R&B?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “It was an ensemble reading. With our rapid-fire delivery, and in television, it was mostly dialogue, so you had to have everyone together.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.Peabody) Did you work close with Hans Conried too?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Of course. I had worked many times with Hans on radio shows and, of course, he was Snidely Whiplash in Dudley Do-Right, and I was Nell Fenwick. And in Peter Pan he was Captain Hook, and I was the Indian Princess. I also did some recording for a mermaid in Peter Pan, and did live-action modeling for that, too.”

>< Mickey says, “Was that your line the mermaid said, that she was only trying to drown Wendy?”

>< Mickey likes that one!

>< JuneForay says, “I really don’t know! I’ll have to listen to that!”

>< Mickey smiles

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) I noticed in the R&B credits that Gerard Baldwin was one of the animators. He was later the director of Smurfs. Do you know Mr. Baldwin?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Very well. He now lives in Texas.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) I eat Cheerios all the time. Tell me about some of the commercials you did.

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I did a lot for Cheerios. And Tootsie Rolls, Target, Radio Shack….I’ve done so many, I can’t remember them all.”

>< JuneForay says, “We did the Captain Crunch cereal commercials for 18 years. Daws Butler was Cap’n Crunch; Bill Scott was Sea Dog, and I was Brunehilda (the little girl) and Paul Frees was the announcer. Same ol’ gang!”

>< Mickey grins

>< *** Next question:

>< (guest4) Do you know of any mentoring programs available to women in animation?

>< ***

>< JuneForay doesn’t know of any mentoring programs for women in animation.

>< *** Next question:

>< (AmericanMouse) Is there going to be any new Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons made?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “They’re talking about making some new R&B TV specials or I understand that Robert DeNiro’s company is going to do a live action feature… live action along with animation.”

>< Mickey says, “Will you be a part of it?”

>< JuneForay laughs and says, “Who else can do Rocky?”

>< Mickey says, “NOBODY!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Beast) You have worked on a few endeavors with the Disney company. How do those experiences compare with working on Rocky & Bullwinkle? Is there a marked difference between the corporate approach of a giant like Disney and a less “mainstream” project like R&B?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Not really, because of the writers and the directors, who are competent people, no matter which people they work for.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Rufus) Much of your early work was in live radio, and you still praise the R&B show for simultaneous recording. How much do you credit this background for your success and the spontaneity of your characters?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Radio was the building blocks of my career in animation.”

>< JuneForay says, “First, of course, you have to have talent. Then in radio, you’d pick up a script, read it once, and then walk out and do it…live!”

>< JuneForay says, “That’s why only the competent actors were hired. They couldn’t take a chance with newcomers.”

>< JuneForay says, “But you had to be a consummate actor, to pick up a script, and read it the first time with all the poignancy and emotion required of that particular character.”

>< Mickey says, “Wuntvor points out an article about you he read. It mentions a Mrs. Larson and that she was your reason for getting into radio.”

>< Mickey says, “Can you tell us about this?”

>< JuneForay says, “Mrs. Larson was one of the best teachers that my mother and father hired to teach me… Elizabeth Larson. And when I was 12 years old, she put me on her radio show, WBZA in Springfield, Mass., and, at 15, I became a professional.”

>< JuneForay says, “But, Mrs. Larson was a very sensitive lady who had been on the stage, and when I was 12 she told me and my mother and dad that she could no longer teach me because I was more versatile than she was!”

>< Mickey grins!

>< JuneForay says, “So, at 15, I joined the WZBA players and I’ve been working ever since!”

>< Mickey says, “It all started on a little radio station in Springfield, Mass!”

>< JuneForay nods.

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) June, what is your favorite Disney animated feature? I love Beauty and the Beast.

>< ***

>< JuneForay thinks…

>< JuneForay says, “I guess I’ve got to say Mulan, now!”

>< Mickey says, “Good answer!”

>< JuneForay says, “I was not a fan of Hercules, I’m sorry…”

>< JuneForay says, “Mulan had so much heart. You have empathy for the characters.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (SunniGummi) Not a question, but a comment: I saw Mulan recently and thought your performance was terrific.

>< ***

>< Mickey thinks so, too!

>< JuneForay says, “Thank you. I’m most grateful.”

>< JuneForay says, “I wish they had left in more of it. I’m so appreciative that I’m a part of such a fine feature.”

>< Mickey says, “Can you tell us a bit about what was left out?”

>< JuneForay says, “Well one of the scenes where I went to buy Crickee and chatting with the seller, saying, ‘Well, this Crickee will be for good luck!’”

>< Mickey says, “The line where you said ‘Would you like to stay forever?’ was the other line that always brings down the house!”

>< JuneForay nods!

>< JuneForay says, “I also like, ‘Who spit in her bean curd?’”

>< Mickey does, too!

>< JuneForay says, “I was fortunate that I was given some marvelous lines to read!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.tweener) Tell us a little bout Chuck Jones, since you are close friends 🙂

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Chuck is charming, intellectual…”

>< JuneForay says, “…he can quote Mark Twain or Escallus at the drop of a Bugs Bunny…”

>< JuneForay giggles

>< Mickey grins

>< JuneForay says, “He is a charming, giving man, and so talented!”

>< Mickey grins and remembers June’s famous lines about a rabbit and a hat, as Rocky.

>< Mickey says, “Would you do it for us, please? Bullwinkle said, ‘Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of this hat!'”

>< JuneForay says, “Yeah, but that trick never works!”

>< Mickey grins

>< *** Next question:

>< (Bashful) Getting back to Freberg’s radio show, I know Daws Butler is gone. Whatever happened to Peter Leeds, Jud Conlan, the singer Peggy Taylor, and the announcer Bud Soule? Were you friends with them?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Daws, Peter, Jud…all gone. I guess Peggy is still around… I don’t know about Bud Soule.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Wuntvor) Do you have any young relatives that you see often and they always ask you to do “that” voice? What voice is it?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I don’t have any very young relatives, but the people I do know who have kids always ask me to do Rocky. We’re corrupting another generation!”

>< Mickey grins

>< *** Next question:

>< (Beast) In one of the episodes of Dudley Do-Right, the words “Far Above Cayuga’s Waters” appear. Do you know what the writers intended that to refer to? Is it a reference to Cornell University’s song? If so, why? Does it relate to the old-time film studio that was once in Ithaca, NY?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “I have no idea. In one episode, people always asked, ‘How old is Nell Fenwick?’ and Dudley in one episode says, ‘Well, Nell, you should know: you’re 37 1/2!’”

>< *** Next question:

>< (SunniGummi) ms Foray, I enjoyed your work on Gummi Bears. Do you remember any stories while in the recording studio doing your voice of Grammi?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “No, it was just such a joy working with everyone. And, Paul Winchell, of course, was on it. He’s now living in Palm Springs. He did the voice of Tigger, too.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.tweener) Hi! What do you think of this internet and alla us here mm? hehee!

>< ***

>< *** Next question:

>< (g.tweener) OH! and do you have any plans for internet work or recreation?

>< ***

>< Mickey says, “Do you have a computer?”

>< Mickey grins

>< JuneForay says, “I have a computer, but I don’t know how to turn it on! …Yet!! I don’t think I shall ever indulge in the Internet; I’ll just use the computer for writing.”

< *** Next question:

>< (guest5) Given the near-demise of Saturday morning cartoon blocks, do you think children in the future will have lesser appreciation for classic cartoons like R&B, the WB cartoons, Disney, etc.?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “A lot of animated shorts are being made and shown all over the world, so animation for children and adults will go on forever.”

Sat Aug 8 23:59:53 CDT 1998

CHIME> CUCKOO!

>< JuneForay says, “In fact, there’s such an explosion of Animation for children and adults now that I think it will continue to be appreciated as an art form.”

>< *** Next question:

>< (guest4) Did you do any voices on Tom Slick?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “Of course! I was Marigold. And, I was Ursula in George of the Jungle. And of course, all the Fractured Fairy Tales. And Fractured Flickers!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (Gusto) What is your impression of Rob Paulsen, voice of Gusto on Disney’s Gummi Bears?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “He’s also in Pinky and the Brain, and Animaniacs. He’s a very fine, versatile actor. Besides being a nice guy.”

>< Mickey says, “We have 3 more questions, and then, June, please stay just for a bit to meet the folks in the audience. We’ll be quick, I promise!”

>< *** Next question:

>< (SunniGummi) Did you have trouble doing the name of the baby sitting service that was used in The Simpsons?

>< ***

>< JuneForay says, “No, I didn’t have any trouble.”

:: JuneForay has disconnected. ::

>< Mickey says, “Uh-oh! I think she’ll be right back.”

>< Mickey says, “While we’re waiting, let me tell you that transcripts of tonight’s chat will be posted to EMuck’s website and FTP site in a few days. We’ll announce when the transcript is ready.”

>< Mickey says, “I’m sure Alice will reconnect as soon as she can. Alice has been doing a great job of typing out for us everything that June has said!”

Sun Aug 9 00:07:48 CDT 1998

>< Mickey grabs a straw hat and cane that are thrown to him by Meecelet!

>< Mickey says, “Thanks, Meecelet!”

>< Mickey starts a soft-shoe dance.

>< Mickey says, “I’m kinda light on my feet — for having such big ones, don’tcha think?”

>< Mickey grins and his big mousie ears go wiggle-waggle.

>< Mickey says, “Yes, folks, I’m now tap-dancing! Huh-hah!”

:: Audience members throw vegetables at Mickey! ::

>< Mickey says, “Hey! Stop throwing those veggies! No vegetables…. just cheese!”

>< Mickey spits beans!

>< Mickey smirks and says, “What do I look like, Wally Boag???”

>< Mickey grins and wonders if he should shoot the audience with his water pistols like Wally used to do.

>< Mickey says, “I just had a thought…”

>< Mickey says, “I know, I know, shocking, huh?”

>< Mickey grins

>< Mickey says, “What if Alice’s computer blew up?”

>< Mickey says, “…and blue hokeysmoke came out of it!”

>< Mickey says, “Huh-hah!”

>< Mickey says, “That couldn’t happen, though…”

>< Mickey says, “Only the first 500-1,000 of the model of PowerBook that Alice has were shipped with exploding batteries.”

>< Mickey says, “Folks, Alice is now on EMuck!”

>< Alice is ushered onstage by a gorilla in a bad-fitting tuxedo, who then hurries back to guard the Stage Door.

>< Alice curtseys

>< Mickey says, “So, what is going on?”

>< Alice says, “Sorry, the Lag Monster got us! But, June was just about to sign off. She wanted me to tell you all that it was a loverly evening and to thank you all for your graciousness!!”

>< Mickey says, “Well, thank her from all of us!”

>< Mickey says, “And thank you all for coming! Please tell June Foray that we appreciated her time with us very much.”

>< Mickey says, “Okay, thanks for passing that along, Alice.”

>< Alice says, “But, now, I must go!”

>< Alice says, “Thanks everyone!”

>< Mickey says, “OK, thank you so much for typing for June, Alice!”

>< Alice smiles at June as she leaves!

>< Alice curtseys

>< Alice says, “Bye!”

:: Alice has left. ::

You leave the podium and head through the door to the…

The Arbordale Auditorium

Mickey comes down into the main part of the Arbordale Auditorium from the stage and podium.

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) says, “I would guess June needs her sleep, too” 

Plush Beast eeps a plush eep.

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) fuzzles Mickey in thanks

Aladdin exclaims, “Okay, I have served my function, away I go!” 

Aladdin hears a whisper on the breeze that is calling him home…

Aladdin has left.

Double_D picks up the stenographic camera along with its keyboard.

Rufus says, “Sorry, not Air June, Air Foray. Enter <look Air Foray> to see ’em.” 

[LOOK AIR FORAY]

Hokey smokes! They’re Air Forays, the shoes for inspiring voice artists. Would

you like to “wear” them?

[WEAR]

You put on the Air Forays and fly around the room like Rocky!

SunniGummi puts on the Air Forays and flies around the room like Rocky!

Plush Beast eeps a plush eep.

Sunni smiles

Belle smiles. Cute shoes.

Plush Beast eeps a loud plush eep!

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) exclaims, “That was pretty exhaustive! :)” 

Double_D exclaims, “That was like Wayne & Russi’s chat!” 

Wuntvor says, “You needed to do the Macadamia nut from Animaniacs, Mickey.” 

Briar_Rose arrives at a breathtaking pace.

Rufus says, “Yeah, we don’t let our guests get away with much dirt unturned.” 

Belle smiles.

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) smiles at Rufus

Plush Beast holds out his plush paws to Briar Rose, hoping either to be picked up and huggled, or fed.

Mickey exclaims, “Sorry she didn’t get to see the Air Forays, but we’ll make sure she sees them later!” 

Beast says, “The unofficial log I took in here is 2500 lines long.” 

Mickey changes back into his classic attire of red shorts and big yellow shoes.

Belle is envious of Alice for meeting June Foray.

Gusto is too!

Wendy says, “I like when the guests come into the auditorium” 

Briar_Rose holds out some scooby snacks for PB

Mickey happily says, “Alice told me that June Foray is the nicest person you’d ever meet.” 

Gusto says, “Many voice artists are, it seems.” 

Sunni says, “Belle, does June Foray do autographs :)” 

Plush Beast eats the Snacks out of Briar Rose’s hand! His plush whispers tickle her palms as he feeds.

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) exclaims, “{naughty kitty!}” 

Magus would LOVE to meet her.

Sunni nods

Wendy says, “I’ve never met anyone famous in person” 

Gusto once saw Ahnold’s car…

Gusto says, “That’s as close as I’ve gotten.” 

Sunni says, “What an honor for Alice” 

Wendy says, “I’ve seen famous people on stage though.” 

Tahamaki met Adam Jones once…

Rufus has met a number of stars, but few are actually nice people.

Mickey says, “Wendy, I’m sorry I said that I liked the line in Peter Pan where the mermaid said she wanted to drown you.” 

Mickey smiles

Briar_Rose giggles

At least she didn’t succeed.

Plush Beast eeps a plush eep.

Wendy exclaims, “That’s OK, Mickey!” 

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) chuckles at Mickey.

Mickey says, “I just got more word from Alice, about June. Everything is fine, but they got logged off, and it was late so they decided not to come back on. Alice also thanks everyone for their concern.”

Mickey happily says, “June wishes to thank everyone for inviting her and wants you all to know that she had a great time! And she saw the Air Forays yesterday and loves them!” 

Double_D is stopping his log..brb.

Briar_Rose waves to everyone….got dumped…power failure here…I missed everything

Rufus says, “Bummer, Rose. You’ll have to ask Double_D for a copy of the unofficial log.” 

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) buys you a generator!

Mickey happily says, “Meecelet, you can turn off your log, too.” 

Plush Beast eeps a plush eep at Briar Rose.

Sunni huggles BR

Sunni says, “Good work, Meecelet” 

Meecelet exclaims, “Thanks!”

Meecelet say, “G’nite, everybody.”

Double_D exclaims, “Bye!” 

g.tweener (pool027-max4.ds8-ca-us.dialup.earthlink.net) exclaims, “Night nighty, lil’ meecelet!” 

Rufus exclaims, “Nite, Meecelet!” 

Briar_Rose says, “nite, Meecelet” 

With a tear in your eye… and a thump in your heart… you go home. 
[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Postscript:

Melanie gave me permission to share with you here her remembrances of that chat event which she posted on her Facebook page July 27, 2017:
June Foray CSB:

In the late-90s, I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to interview this unbelievably talented yet charming and totally down-to-earth treasure of a person. When I asked where she’d like to meet, I fully expected she’d indicate a studio or a restaurant or some such. “Don’t be silly,” she cheerfully tossed, as if we’d been lifelong friends; “C’mon over to my place!” and she gave me her home address in the Valley.

I’m typically never star-struck, but walking up to the door of this particular performer I had long deeply admired, well…my heart was going pitter patter, alright. She instantly dissolved my flighty nerves when she threw the door open wide, wearing a housecoat and an enormous smile, and welcomed me in as if she’d been long awaiting my return. (No, we had never met prior.)

June (“Oh, just call me June!”) graciously answered questions posed by me and by Disney fans across the nation who were texting their questions to me real-time on my Apple PowerBook 1400. Keep in mind, this was prolly in ’98 or so–long before today’s wifi and high-speed tech. June brewed up a pot of coffee for us as she patiently awaited and answered each question, despite likely having answered identical queries from other writers over and over for decades. Her fresh and candid replies coupled with her eager willingness to take even more questions truly impressed and humbled me.

When the interview was done, she invited me to close up that computer and just chat. And we did. We had a thoroughly delightful visit for another 30-40 mins. And it indeed felt like I was reconnecting with an old, dear friend.

Today’s news of June’s passing caused my spirit to suddenly plunge into a void…but I also instantly recalled the precious memory I have of my evening with June…and my spirit is set dancing once more.

My heartfelt thanks to Richard Koster and the Disney Echo for helping make that opportunity of a lifetime come true.

~~ Thanks for everything, June. ❤️

Jake and I are in iPhone – The Missing Manual

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I just got the latest edition of David Pogue‘s iPhone: The Missing Manual. Consider yourself warned… this year, my picture is in it next to my friend Jake!

Here are more details about the book as well as how to order a copy for yourself: “I helped with iPhone: The Missing Manual. Please buy it here!”

I highly recommend it to every iPhone owner… even though you’ll have to put up with my face being in it. Hey, you could always use a Sharpie to add a mustache/tattoos to my picture or use it with your dart board!

Quick! Lock in your iPad’s, iPhone’s or MacBook’s price now with this link!

Now’s the time to sell your old MacBook, iPad and/or iPad mini, or iPhone because with Apple’s new models announced this week, the value of your old Apple devices will depreciate rather quickly the longer you wait.

Don’t delay! Lock in the price of your old Apple products, then send them in to Gazelle for cash when your new ones arrive later.

Here’s what to do: Go to Gazelle using this link and use their online form to select what you currently have, and its condition. They’ll quote a price and send shipping materials to you for free. After locking in your price, simply send Gazelle your old device by the date shown and they’ll send you the cash. They even pay for shipping and provide you with a shipping box!

20130823-125829.jpgAnd by using this link to Gazelle that I’m giving you, get an extra $10 reward on your first trade-in! Full disclosure: Gazelle will send me $10, too, so we both win.

In addition, earn an additional 5% by taking payment with an Amazon gift card instead of a check. It’s your choice!

I’ve used Gazelle to get cash for my old Apple devices for years and I recommend them highly. I first blogged about it here.

I helped with iPhone: The Missing Manual. Please buy it here!

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Once again, I was thrilled to assist award-winning tech writer David Pogue with his latest iPhone: The Missing Manual book. And this year, my picture is even in it!

No, that’s not me cartwheeling on the cover. David was out walking and had his iPhone 5s with him when he saw a complete stranger walking on his hands. David asked if he could snap him and the guy agreed.

For many years now I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to help David with his iPhone guides. It’s quite an honor that he appreciates my work. He sends me each of the books’ chapters as he writes them. I review the tech in the book—trying out his tips and suggesting some of my own. I also took some of the screenshots for sections of the book where it’s helpful to see a picture of what he’s writing about. And in two of those I snuck in “selfies” of me—but don’t let the prospect of seeing my ugly mug keep you away from the book! With a Magic Marker you can customize those pictures to make me look even sillier.

This year was a huge undertaking because Apple didn’t just make an incremental update to last year’s iPhone operating system, they started from scratch with iOS 7—changing almost everything about it. This meant that in the expanded 7th edition of iPhone—The Missing Manual, David had even more to explain than ever before.

I highly recommend this book to all iPhone users, and not just because I helped with it! After reading just a few pages of it, you’ll discover why it’s the world’s most popular iPhone book. David has a fun, witty way with explaining the complexities of Apple’s computer-in-your-pocket while providing tips, workarounds and shortcuts in his full-color illustrated guide. You can read it all the way through and enjoy it—or pick and choose which parts of iOS 7 you want help with immediately.

Both of Apple’s new iPhones are covered, too—the iPhone 5s and 5c—as well as information for those who’ve upgraded to iOS 7 on their old iPhones. The changes in iTunes on a Mac or PC as well as tips about the revised apps that Apple makes for the iPhone are in the book this year as well.

You should order iPhone: The Missing Manual now using this link that takes you to Amazon.com. When you order the book from that link—or anything at all there after using the link, for that matter—I’ll get a few cents out of each sale. (That’s whatcha call “full disclosure”… Oh, I am also paid very generously by David for helping him each year with the book. But I’d love iPhone: The Missing Manual even if I wasn’t a part of it).

I’d love to hear from you if you have a comment or a question about this. Leave a reply below or follow me (@DisneyEcho) on Twitter and leave a comment there!

“Rich Custard Dishes”

20130929-105333.jpgHmm…Something very familiar about @GaryKWolf’s “Toontown Through a Keyhole: Rich Custard Dishes” ^_^

Apple iPhone Special Event — A Party Invitation Pinkie Pie Would Love

20130903-190052.jpgRainbow Dash would approve because the Apple party on September 10th just got 20% cooler!

Pinkie Pie would also approve:

Pinkie Pie finds an iPhone 5:

PMV: Party with Pinkie (VIP):

The above bit of My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic is in response to haters of the new colorful look Apple is making available for the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iOS 7. ^-^
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“Pinkie Pie – Out of Control Party Animal” by AwesomeCAS was overlaid onto Apple’s event invitation to make the graphic at the top of this post.

Cover Blurb for Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?

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Quoting from Toontown Through A Keyhole

Huzzah! Here’s the cover blurb for Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? Sounds like a must read, don’t cha think?

Hard-boiled gumshoe Eddie Valiant lands a plum job as Gary Cooper’s bodyguard while Coop scouts locations for his next movie—a screwball comedy titled Hi, Toon! But Eddie’s dream job quickly turns into a nightmare. The film’s being shot in Toontown, and Coop’s co-star turns out to be none other than Roger Rabbit.

Eddie’s a big fan of Coop. Of Roger? Not so much.

Now a sinister hoodlum is threatening to murder Coop if the movie gets made. Before long, Eddie, Coop, Roger, and the ever-glamorous Jessica Rabbit are embroiled in a mystery that could destroy Toontown. When Roger bites off more Toonish trouble than Eddie can swallow, the answer to the question Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? suddenly becomes no laughing matter.

For more information, look here. And follow Gary on Twitter at @GaryKWolf & @GaryKWolf_WWRR.

Full disclosure: I was asked to write a blurb for Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? — not the one I quoted above — and was given a free review copy to do that. Stay Tooned!


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