This was actually one of the most popular interviews I posted last year on Now I’ve Heard Everything — and since tomorrow, May 30th, would have been his 112th birthday, I wanted to re-share my 1988 interview with the unmatched master of voice acting, Mel Blanc.
Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck. Elmer Fudd, Sylvester and Twety, Porky Pig, Barney Rubble. Heck, he was even the voice of Jack Benny’s car.
Virtually everyone has heard Mel’s voice characterizations.
So here now, from 1988, Mel Blanc:
Less than a year after our interview, Mel Blanc died at the age of 81, taking with him hundreds of the voices many of us grew up with.
Few people have had the kind of impact on a professional sport that Wilt Chamberlain had on the game of basketball.
In a career that started with the Harlem Globetrotters, the 7-foot-1 Chamberlain became a superstar and a record-setter.
To this day, no one has broken the record he’s best known for: scoring 100 points in a single game.
I met him in the fall of 1991, when he published an autobiography called “A View From Above.”
But in the interview you’re about to hear, there was one question I chose not to ask him, and I’ll tell you later why.
So here now, from 1991, Wilt Chamberlain:
That last remark — about “the numbers” in the book — was a reference to a statistic he included in his book that had nothing to do with basketball. Chamberlain claimed to have slept with 20,000 different women during his life.
Wilt Chamberlain was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Sixty years ago this week, May 1960, a team of Israeli Mossad agents quietly traveled to Argentina, where they found and captured Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who was instrumental in organizing the extermination of millions of Jews during World War II.
A key member of that Israeli team was a young man named Peter Z. Malkin.
I met him in 1990, around the 30th anniversary of that famous episode. He had just published a book called “Eichmann In My Hands.”
And as he told me in that interview, the man he had been sent to capture had escaped from post-war Germany in the first place because of a mispronunciation of his name.
So here now, from 1990, Peter Z. Malkin:
Adolf Eichmann was brought back to Israel by Malkin and his team. Eichmann was tried and found guilty of war crimes, and was executed by hanging in 1962.
Peter Z. Malkin spent his final years in New York with his wife and children. He died in 2005 at age 77.