It’s Not Easy Being Green

Maidenhair Fern

I’m sorry. That blog post title is a cheap shot segue to an unusual post here–about the world’s most famous amphibian, and the ventriloquist, Terry Fader, who–I am speechless, see my lips not moving–is just phenomenal.

I confess I watched every one of these. And the spoiler: Mr. Fader won $1 million as America’s Best New Talent.

So, if you’re down and troubled, and you need a helping hand, start with the next to last video. In. Cred. Able.


About fred

Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

4 comments:

  1. The best part is the judges expressions in the first video when he starts belting out Ella and they realize this isn’t “just another ventriloquist.”

  2. Ah see there is the beauty of not having TV. Even the most commonplace network events are NEWS to us! We are so easily amused–and appalled–by virtue of the novelty of television. I see it at the airport terminals and always learn something (usually something I didn’t want to know or carry away in my brain!) But this guy and his various voices I admit would have been worth seeing live on the tube.

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