Liz sent us this pic. Thanks, Liz!
Let’s go back to Chicago, Illinois, around the 1910’s or early 20’s and see what teenager, Eddie Berggren did in order to upgrade his act at the woodworking shop of Theo Mack and Sons.
Woodcarver Theodore Mack thought a second. “About $35.”
Eddie frowned. He only had $17. His movies and daily after school soda would have to be sacrificed. “Would you take a dollar and a-half a week?” Mack nodded.
Eddie painfully turned over the $17 allowance he had saved for the last six months. “Go ahead.”
Later, Eddie’s new, professionally made ventriloquist dummy was completed. “I’m naming him Charlie, after the little, scrappy newspaper boy I knew in town.”
“Charlie, huh? Eddie, I thought you named him after my son.”
“Yes. I did that, too, Mr. Mack … sort of.”
Whether or not Edgar Bergen (who shortened his last name) actually named Charlie after one of the sons of Theo Mack is anyone’s guess. But, in the end, however, it’s still a good story!
Here is a rare 5-minute color short from 1938 called “Unusual Occupations” where you’ll see Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in action, the drawings made by Bergen of Charlie (@1:40) and Charlie’s displeasure at Mortimer Snerd’s creation. Narrated by future radio announcer for the Charlie McCarthy radio show, Ken Carpenter. Enjoy!
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