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All Things Thurl began as a quest to find out more information about Thurl Ravenscroft. As a visitor to this site, you are probably fascinated with Thurl's deep voice. That's how I began. What follows is a brief history of how this page came to be. 

As a child, I loved visiting Disneyland, especially the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Haunted Mansion. I had no idea who Thurl Ravenscroft was, and at that age it didn't matter. I also loved watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year. Little did I realize that these two things were related. The first time I recall hearing the name Thurl Ravenscroft was in the late 1980s, when I recorded "Grim Grinning Ghosts" off a Dr. Demento Halloween show. Ironically, if I had taken a closer look at some of the Disney records I owned as a kid, I would have seen his name several times.

In 1994 TNT aired its How the Grinch Stole Christmas: A Special Edition featuring interviews with many of the people who worked on the show, including Thurl. I saw an article in the local paper about the special, and one name stuck out in my mind: Thurl Ravenscroft. That was the true beginning of All Things Thurl.

My wife and I began searching any place we could to find information about Thurl. We started at out local library and began searching the Internet. Aside from a brief entry here or there about a Dr. Seuss special, or a listing on a Disney record or two, we found almost nothing. Convinced that there had to be more, we kept looking. We discovered many examples of Thurl's work only by closely listening to records and watching movies. Nowhere was there one source that listed everything together, so we started compiling a database of the things we had learned.

The idea for a web site came later. I decided that I could not be the only person interested in Thurl, and since the information I had was not available in one place, I thought I would make it accessible to others. I even wrote a letter to Thurl listing what we had found, and asked him to fill in the missing details. It came as quite a surprise when he called one night to let us know how impressed he was with our findings. I mentioned the idea of a web site to him and he had no problem with it, so All Things Thurl was born.

Since then I have received many compliments and suggestions. The help provided by several people has been tremendous. I would like to thank all the people who have set up links to All Things Thurl. I enjoy knowing that others appreciate the work I have done.

All Things Thurl has undergone numerous changes since it premiered in August 1996. Most notable has been the major reorganization of the content in August 2002. Another substantial update in April 2007 added a discography and increased the number of audio clips to over 150 as well as improved the sound quality. There are now over 5 hours of sound clips, spanning over 60 years of Thurl's career. There are also many more pictures than when the site debuted. Many of these images and sounds came about as the result of e-mail from visitors to this site.

Since his passing in May 2005, this web site serves as a tribute to Thurl, so that one of the greatest voices of the 20th century will not be forgotten.

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