World-reknowned ventriloquist Senor Wences with Johnny, circa late 1950s. (AP Photo / Courtesy of Senor Wences)
My dad grew up in the Ed Sullivan era, and like many children of the '50s, he absolutely loved Senor Wences and his marvelous ventriloquism.
This love carried on into his adulthood, and when I was a kid, "s'awright" was a catchword around our house just as it was in Senor Wences's shows.
It's been a few years since I thought about Senor Wences, but when I read that today would have been his 116th birthday, I had to check out a few of his routines. I think they're even funnier to me today than they were when I was young.
Thanks for your fantastic talent, Senor Wences. You made it look easy… or, as your puppet Johnny would say, "Easy for you, for me ees very deefeecult!"
Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.