On this day in 1911, Frank Nelson was born. You may not know the name, but you know his voice! “EEE-Yeeeeeeeeeesss?”
As a kid, I didn’t know much about Nelson, but I saw him everywhere on re-runs of early television shows. I even remember his voice on an Bugs Bunny cartoon. I became a real fan in the 1970s when he occasionally showed up on Sanford & Son and belt out his familiar “EEE-Yeeeeeeeeesssss?”
In the early 1980s, I dropped Frank a letter and asked him what advice he would give to a young man just starting out in the world. Here’s what he said.
I really miss the Frank Nelsons of early television. They don’t make them like that any more, do they? “EEE-N0000000000000.”