Happy Birthday to Jonathan Winters (85)!
Winters is loved by millions for his quirky, offbeat sense of humor. Immersing himself in characters like “Maude Frickert” and “Chester Honeyhugger,” Winters has endeared himself to audiences spanning several generations, going all the way back to the early days of television. He influenced Bill Cosby, George Carlin, and Robin Williams.
When he was a youngster growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Winters dreamed of someday becoming a cartoonist. “Later in life I changed my mind,” he said, “but I still feel that cartoons have a lot to say, both serious and funny. One of the biggest thrills in my life was selling a cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post.” Winters has continued to paint throughout his life. His works are abstract, similar in style to Kandinsky and Klee. Winter’s book, Hang Ups, is available on Amazon.com.