Wednesday, April 21, 2010

He's Off to See The Wizard Or Somewhere Over the Rainbow

They prefer to be called Little People, but for past generations the little people cast in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" were referred to as munchkins. This classic movie, loved by generations around the world, endeared them to us. One of the last surviving "munchkins", Meinhardt Raabe died recently. His funeral was held in a little church in Farmington, Wisconsin not far from here. I had a friend who was a member of this church so my attention was piqued when I saw the story.
Meinhardt Raabe was born the same year as my mom not far from where she was born and raised. His claim to fame is the "Oz" movie where he is distinguishable as the coroner who proclaims the wicked witch dead.
He had a degree in accounting and an MBA but his fame will be for being a munchkin.

In later years he was a spokesman for Oscar Meyer.
Meinhardt Raabe was short in stature but long in years.

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