Gary Koepke and Dan Willinger
I met and spoke with Gary Koepke at the Vent Haven ConVENTion this past July and we talked about ventriloquist and figure maker Jack Coats.
Gary was lucky enough to be one of the few who actually knew Jack and because of his closeness with this great maker he became friends. I asked Gary if he happened to have Jack’s catalogue because it was one that I had not been able to find.
Low and behold Gary sent me this great 4 page catalogue and I am pleased as punch to be able to share same with all of you. You can clearly see that Jack was influenced by the great makers of the golden era.
Gary also told me he was supposed to get his picture in the catalogue but his submission was just a bit too late. Jack unfortunately passed on at a very early age in his 40’s.
His figures are rather rare today. I have one in the Ventriloquist Central Collection. Click here to see him.
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. He created the Ventriloquist Central Collection. It now has over 100 ventriloquist figures and over 50 of them are Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2010 by Dan Willinger
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Gary Koepke is so very fortunate to have known Jack Coats and to have all Coats figures http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/k/gkoepke/koepke.jpg
was looking for a ventriloquist back in the late 80’s and early 90’s with a duck named Grover, wonder if you could help me find out who it was that did this
in respect was searching just today for the same subject. Thought this gentleman was from the Lima Ohio area. I had tapes of his at one time but they are lost. Any help recovering information about him would be much appreciated.