I was a weird kid. My heroes were always voice artists. Mel Blanc. June Foray. Don Pardo. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, it wasn't unusual for me to say "Don Pardo".
I was blessed with parents and family who never questioned such things. They we kind enough to let a kid dream.
Don Pardo has passes at age 96 yesterday. By all accounts, Don lived his dream until the day he passed. Somehow I think he's doing all the intros at the Pearly Gates todau. That epic, iconic voice and kind heart will be missed.
From our WOOD Radio news rooom:
Don Pardo, the long time television, radio & Saturday Night Live announcer has passed away at age 96.Pardo was first hired by NBC in 1944.
A most versatile announcer, Pardo had announced the very early versions of classic TV shows including The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy, and NBC Nightly News.
Pardo was also the announcer for NBC's iconic Saturday Night Live for all but one of its seasons, 1981-1982. He continued to provide voiceover services during the program's opening montage, several years after his retirement from NBC.
Interestingly, Don Pardo was featured on recording by musicians Frank Zappa and even Weird Al Yankovic. The latter, using his voice on the parody hit, "I Lost On Jeopardy."
Pardo was inducted into The Television Hall of Fame in 2010
- My first job was as a "Soda Jerk" at Cone Corners in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. (Cheesy, huh?)
- Every spring, I participate in the World's Largest Trivia Contest in my hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Out of about 500 teams and 10-12,000 players, we usually finish in the top 100!!! It's 54 straight hours of useless information and I love it. See? I'm not wired right. Just for the record, my team placed 73rd this year. :)
- I am a proud doggie mommy of "Spooner." She's a rescue who was an abused puppy mill mom. I am amazed at the FANTASTIC rescues and shelters we have in West Michigan. If you think you want to add to your family, the joy of a shelter pet in unparalleled!
- I was the lead singer in a cover band and I miss it.