Being from Southwest Ohio we are always proud when a hometown boy or girl makes good. But every once in awhile, there is a true standout; a talent so immense it puts us on the map. From the town of Dayton, the outstanding talents have always been Phil Donahue, Erma Bombeck and Jonathan Winters. Mr. Winters passed away, at 87, last week but will be remembered as a comic legend.
After dropping out of school to join the military, Winters began his comedy career in the late 40′s. Soon after, he began to disk Jockey on Dayton radio station WING and his comic pieces soon followed. He was the original morning funny man, years before Bob and Tom. He eventually moved to New York City in 1954 and, as they say, a legend was born.
Over the years, Winters made tons of television appearances, movies, and more than 20 albums. He won many awards from a Grammy to the Mark Twain prize. To illustrate Winter’s brilliance, the Tonight Show host, Jack Paar once said, “If you were to ask me to name the funniest 25 people I’ve ever known, I’d say, ‘Here they are — Jonathan Winters’.”
Our thoughts are with the family, but right now, all the inhabitants of heaven are busting a gut.