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Please forgive the quality of this photo – I lack both the equipment and the know-how of Abraham, the Nature Guru.

But this Pileated Woodpecker’s hammering the palm tree outside my window reminded me of the famous animated cartoon – Woody Woodpecker – and how he came to be. Apparently Walter Lantz, the Hollywood producer, honeymooned in Sherwood Lake, California with his wife Gracie. A noisy woodpecker outside their cabin kept the couple awake at night and when a heavy rain started, they learned that the bird had bored holes in their cabin’s roof 😉 Gracie, bless her heart, suggested that her husband make a cartoon about the bird, and thus Woody was born.

Just remembering his goofy “Heh-heh-heh-HEH-heh!” laugh… Tell me if that does not take you back to those early Saturday mornings in front of the TV set…


~ by Isabella on April 15, 2007.

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