Paul Winchell was the world’s most famous ventriloquist in the 1950’s and 60’s, the first major television performer of this type. He later became famous as a voice over artist, most well known as the voice of Tygger in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. He was also an inventor, having invented and patented the first artificial heart. From the Acknowledgements in Paul Winchell’s published autobiography, Winch.

“I would like to acknowledge Johnny Blue Star, who as assisted me in editing this books as well as collaborating me with me on the screen version… Johnny has also assisted me with my websites, and” Believe it or not there are certain science fiction/fantasy elements in this memoir which, as stated in the introduction, is partly an allegory”.
Paul Winchell, The voice of Tygger in Disney's Winnie the Pooh.