Today is Jimmy Nelson's 90th birthday!
I've had the honor of knowing Jimmy for 18 years, and I've never known a more wonderful person. Jimmy is kind, funny, smart, and generous. He's talented, humble, and loving. His contributions to ventriloquism in general and to Vent Haven Museum specifically are endless. To a person, everyone who has been fortunate enough to have met Jimmy feels the same way as I do. Jimmy is a one-of-a-kind treasure of a friend. Happy, happy birthday to the Dean of American Ventriloquists, Jimmy Nelson!
I won't attempt a biography here. That daunting task has already been successfully tackled by ventriloquism historian and Vent Haven Director Tom Ladshaw in his book, A Jimmy Nelson Celebration...70 Years of Laughter. If you are a Jimmy Nelson fan, this book is a must have! (Click on the title for a link to Amazon to purchase this wonderful bio!)
Instead of a biography, then, I thought I would share some wonderful trivia and photos with you about Jimmy's decades long friendship with and commitment to Vent Haven Museum.