Thanks today to Sandy Gallaway for adopting Barney O'Shay. This dummy was made by J.C. Turner and was used by Jim Mortensen. Jim donated Barney to Vent Haven on May 31, 2013. He had previously sold two others of his dummies to Mr. Berger.
In the donation documentation, Jim states that he performed with Barney at Kiwanis clubs, festivals, resorts, universities, parties, etc. He also reports that he paid $35 for this little guy in 1950. Jim learned ventriloquism watching Señor Wences in the 1947 movie, Mother Wore Tights.
Today, tourists can see Barney on display in the main building.