To the Editor,
In today’s Sunday New York Times, Dan Barry describes the voice of Bugs Bunny as one of “those many distinctive voices channeled by Mel Blanc” and correctly identifies Bugs’ accent as a “Brooklyn-Bronx blend”.
Just for the record, Mel Blanc grew up in Portland, Oregon. He developed his amazing vocal chops doing voices on Portland radio starting in 1927. When he made the leap from Portland to Hollywood, he arrived a fully formed voice artist. It is a tribute to Mel Blanc’s craft and talent, and one might add genius, that the world thinks Bugs grew up in Flatbush.
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