"Careful, there … I'm tippin' the cabin to get a good look at you!"
That's how folklore's most famous lumberjack welcomed visitors to MSI's A World of Hardwoods exhibit for decades. Paul Bunyan's animatronic face filled a window, and in a deep booming voice, Paul would introduce himself and spin some rather tall tales about growing up in the north woods. Now the lumberjack is back: you can see and hear Paul Bunyan again in MSI's anniversary exhibit, 80 at 80.
You might be surprised to learn that Paul Bunyan's distinctive voice actually belongs to a founding father of Chicago folk music. Win Stracke was a singer and troubadour whose presence is found throughout early radio and television history, including National Barn Dance on WLS radio, Studs Terkel's landmark Studs' Place television show, and two children's shows of his own: Animal Play Time and Time for Uncle Win. In 1957, Stracke co-founded the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Hear the full audio of Win's original A World of Hardwoods Paul Bunyan voiceover in the player below.
The 80 at 80 exhibit is sponsored by Pepsi.
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