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The following first appeared at The Aardvarks Plumbline:
If you were/are a fan of Animaniacs, I would like to encourage a touch of charitable-ness.
Betty and Byron Vaughns were involved in the production, and they were burned out last year, lost 'most everything. Also, the animation industry is on the skids out in California, and they have no work.
(Sound familiar? Thanks Japan and Korea, and their US enablers!) Here is their own report:
Betty formerly worked as my production assistant at Warner Bros. Animation when I was a director on Tiny Toons and Animaniacs; she moved on to working with the development department under Jean McCurdy in the 1990’s. She later worked as a producer on a pilot for Nick Jr. before becoming the Administrative Director of Animation Creations, our animation workshop studio for children located in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Recently, she has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and is facing quadruple bypass surgery (high risk because of the high cholesterol & diabetes) and has lost sight in her left eye due to glaucoma. This situation has been compounded with a time consuming move from Arleta to Sylmar (she had to be rushed to the emergency room during that time).
Please go read their story. I learned of them from "Uncle" Eddie Fitzgerald's blog, (a friend of John Kricfalusi's, and the man "Pinky" the mouse was modeled after. Narf.) They have a real need, and if you have the ability (even a 10-spot) send 'em something. They have gotten approximately 1/3 of what they really need, to my knowledge. So help me prove the proggies wrong, that they do not need the Give-ment to bail them out. Friends they do not know they have will help them make it.
If you are in Dire Straits, then if you are so inclined, pray for the Vaughns, that they may get animation work, get monies, and get Betty back to good health. In fact, not IF. Do it regardless of Straits! Good for them, good for you.
If YOU have a blog, please do a version of this on yours. Let's help. Donations can be done via PayPal on their site linked above.
The Vaughns' story here.
Aardvarks' Plumbline blog here.
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