Bob Abdou, Peter Rich, Johnny Main


Bob Abdou sent the following to us:

Hey Dan and Steve

Every time I visited Peter Rich, he would tell me some great ventriloquist
stories, When he mentions the late great Johnny Main, he would say “did you know he is buried in the same cemetery as Charlie McCarthy?”

I just nodded and say, ok? Then Johnny Main Jr. sent me pictures to prove
it. Peter Rich was right.

I think Johnny wanted to stay connected with ventriloquism as far and much as he could. He did it all the way to the very end.

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The year after Johnny Main passed away, we lit a cigarette in his honor and let it lay in the ashtray on the table. We shared stories about Johnny till the early hours at the restaurant at the ventriloquist convention.

Bob Abdou


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One Response to Bob Abdou, Peter Rich, Johnny Main

  1. Lou Grabow says:

    I was fortunate to have met Johnny Main at a couple Vent conventions back in the late 80’s, early 90’s. He was a fine fellow! We spent many an hour in Chaucer’s drinking coffee and talking the art. He was very outgoing and always had a laugh to share. Certainly one of the top ventriloquists and contributor to our art! He is missed!

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