Last evening, Carolyn and I attended a very nice birthday party for the wonderful Ms. June Foray, who turns 95 tomorrow. The event was arranged by Stu Shostak of Stu's Show but mainly by the lady in his life, the wonderful Jeanine Kasun. (And before I forget: This Wednesday, Stu starts a new season of his popular internet radio show and boy, has he snagged himself a great guest. Details later today.)
The party for June was filled with friends and family and actors and animators and voice actors and me and all sorts of interesting folks. I got to meet Fred Frees, who is now following in the voice tracks of his late father, the amazing Paul Frees. Marvin Kaplan was there... and Rose Marie. Have I mentioned that Rose Marie recently recorded a role for The Garfield Show? The episode won't be completed for some time but I had her playing a witch who's the sister of the witch June plays on the series, the role she officially got the Emmy for. If you know of my love for The Dick Van Dyke Show, you can kind of imagine what it means to me to work with and get to know one of that show's stars.
I'd better not start listing who was there because I'll leave too many out and hurt too many feelings. Let's just say June has a lot of fascinating friends and they enjoyed celebrating her upcoming birthday. (Someone asked her how it felt to be 95 and she said, "I'll tell you on Tuesday.")
I was asked to make a speech and I had in mind to tell the best June Foray anecdote I know, which is a terrific story. But the party ran long and when it came time, I decided to skip the talk. I think I'm going to save that anecdote for a party in about five years. Because the way June's going, I'm gonna need it.
Voiceover legend June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel/Natasha Fatale/Nell Fenwick/Tweety's Granny/Cindy Lou Who) celebrates her 95th birthday with a party thrown in her honor. Rose Marie is in the background, and seated next to June is Fred Frees (Paul Frees' son).