Winchell's Heart

Anyone who has watched him manipulate the wisecracking dummy he calls Jerry Mahoney knows that Paul Winchell, 50, is a talented ventriloquist. But few realize that he may be even more gifted off-camera than on. A gadgeteer with a flair for mechanical problem solving, Winchell has contributed to his own profession by developing new techniques for making dummies move and for animating films. Even more remarkable, he has also contributed to medical science. He has designed and patented a mechanical heart and is now participating in the artificial-heart research program at the University...

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