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Samuel and Farfel


 Many thanks to Samuel Snell for adopting Farfel.  This iconic character was donated to Vent Haven Museum on July 2, 1982, by Farfel's owner, stage partner, and Dean of American Ventriloquists, Jimmy Nelson.  








There is no way to overstate Jimmy Nelson's contributions to the ventriloquism community or to Vent Haven Museum.  He is incredibly kind, humble, funny, and generous to everyone he meets.  He has been a member of the Vent Haven Museum Board of Advisors since its inception and just this year was given the title of Director Emeritus by the Board of Directors.


The vast majority of the tourists who visit Vent Haven recognize Farfel, and many of them even spontaneously start singing the Nestlé jingle! The best and most comprehensive story of Jimmy's 7+ decades of entertaining is told in A Jimmy Nelson Celebration,