Voice of Tony the Tiger dies

We, of course, adhere to the belief that great people die in threes. So, as of today, we’re sad to report that we’re up to two recent deaths of true luminaries in the advertising industry. The first would be Frank Perdue, and the second, we learned while casually reading the Orange County Register this morning (oh, no, wait, someone sent us this link), is Thurl Ravenscroft, aka the voice of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Ravenscroft also voiced various Disney characters and, with a group called the Mellomen, performed with, among others, Elvis, but we’ll always remember him not only as the inspiration for many of our childhood cavities, but also as the human behind the mascot of our beloved Lake Club Swim Team, circa about 1970. RIP, Thurl.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor