The sounds and images on All Things Thurl are used with the
permission of the late Thurl Ravenscroft and his family to illustrate the
diversity of his career. Photographs and sound recordings come from the
personal collection of Brian E. Jacob and may not be copied or used
outside the framework of the All Things Thurl web site. All text is
written by Brian E. Jacob except where specifically noted and may not be
reproduced without permission.
Visit the History of All Things Thurl
Visit the Awards page.
All Things Thurl debuted in August 1996, but it took several years
for the mainstream media to find it. The first journalist to discover the
site was Dave Nuttycombe, who on December 11, 1997 wrote a column in the Washington
Post about surfing the Internet. Here is an excerpt from that article:
|Like me, you've been wondering,
"Whatever happened to Thurl Ravenscroft?"
No you haven't, but thank goodness Brian Jacob
has been paying attention. Jacob's All Things Thurl site
provides a jolly slap on the forehead to pop culture sleepwalkers
by revealing the face behind the deep profundo voice of
But look here -- Thurl is not only Tony the
Tiger he's also helped us through the past 30 Christmases by
singing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." In fact,
Jacob's alarmingly deep site covers Thurl's 60-years-and-counting
career from the singing Mellomen to recent Disney 'toons. It's
More recently, Dori Monson, a talk show host on Seattle's KIRO
radio (710 AM), interviewed Thurl by telephone. During their
conversation, which aired February 11, 2002, Dori and Thurl talked about All
Things Thurl (0:37).
On November 4, 2003, the Omaha
World-Herald featured an article about Thurl including an interview
with me about All Things Thurl.
After Thurl passed away, NPR
mentioned this website while paying tribute to his life. All Things
Considered aired the story "Thurl
'Tony the Tiger' Ravenscroft Dies at 91" on May 25, 2005, which
included information and sound clips found on All Things Thurl.
links to All Things Thurl referring to the site as an
"authorized fan site, to which Ravenscroft contributed."
A word of thanks to all the folks who have e-mailed me over the years with
questions and comments. The following people deserve an special mention
for their assistance and contributions: Steve Cooper, Gene Davenport,
Larry Parmenter, Bob Purse, Joe Shirley, and Tom Wagner. An extra special
thanks goes out to the late Walt Larson, who arranged our first face to
face meeting with Thurl.
I would also like to add thanks to two other people. First
my wife, Mae, who has helped with this site in so many ways, listening to
countless recordings, searching all kinds of books and computer databases,
encouraging me to keep looking for more, and tolerating my near obsession
of trying to find just one more sound or picture for this web site. Most
of all, I want to thank Thurl for providing joy to so many of us through
his amazing career. Without the rich body of work Thurl left us, there
would be no All Things Thurl.