NPR Visits Vent Haven

On July 12-15, 2006, hundreds of ventriloquists will visit Vent Haven in Ft.Mitchell, Kentucky. Vent Haven is the home of the Annual Ventriloquists’ Convention.

This week, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered visited the Vent Haven before the conventioneers arrive.

For much of the 20th century, ventriloquism was a huge part of popular culture. Edgar Bergen — manipulator of Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, and father of Candice — was the world’s most famous “vent.” That’s the term ventriloquists use to refer to themselves. Johnny Carson was a vent. So were Steve Allen, Don Knotts and Ted Knight, among many others.

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