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Songs of the Pogo Podcast

Mar 1, 2023

Songs of the Pogo Podcast Episode # 4

THE MUSIC OF MONATH - The Wonderful World of Walt Kelly

Welcome to the SONGS OF THE POGO Podcast where Hosts Frank Farrell and Ben Masterton recreate the hysterical and imaginative Wonderful World of Walt Kelly; his writings, songs and comic strip stories mixed in with his personal memoirs and magazine interviews.  Joining Frank and Ben for Episode 4 – THE MUSIC OF MONATH - are talented and versatile performers Norm Boucher as Walt Kelly, Danny Crawford as Albert Alligator, Richard Henzel as Gil Kane and Seminole Sam, Julia Maish as Pogo the Possum, Darren Stephens as Porkypine and Elizabeth Kelly as a lovelorn maiden. Ben sings Mistily Meandering and Zander Kirby sings Twirl, Twirl. This episode’s theme focuses on Walt Kelly’s partner in music Norman Monath.  Who was this man named Monath?

Walt Kelly (August 25, 1913 – October 18, 1973), was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo.  He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing to Pinocchio, Fantasia and Dumbo. In 1941, at the age of 28, Kelly transferred to work at Dell Comics, where he created Pogo, which eventually became his platform for political and philosophical humor. Pogo ran for 26 years in daily newspapers in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

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