Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Tom Thumb

The oldest living munchkin in the showbiz world has written a new tell all book. Meinhardt Raabe, was made famous by the familiar recitation in "The Wizard of Oz" -- a confirmation that the Wicked Witch of the East was killed. It's a simple proclamation that can bring you instantly back to the land of Oz: "As coroner, I must aver / I thoroughly examined her / And she's not only merely dead / She's really, most sincerely dead!"

Raabe's role is just one chapter in a life that has included flying with a Civil Air Patrol during War II and crisscrossing the country with the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. The 4-foot-7 Raabe, now 89, has published a memoir about his adventures, including his time on the set of the 1939 film, which he says helped eliminate derogatory terms for little people.

Next up for Raabe, fighting for the rights of ducks...unlimited.

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