Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Don Pardo, 1918-2014. Requiescat in pace.
His voice was strong until the last,
But now Don Pardo’s onward passed.
When he arrives at Heaven’s shelf,
Saint Pete will say, “Announce yourself!”
Don Pardo, whose voice was familiar to millions as the announcer for Saturday Night Live for all but a single season since 1975, has died at the age of 96.
To be perfectly honest, I had absolutely no idea that Mr. Pardo was anywhere near that old. His larynx betrayed nary a hint of his advancing years, not even a quaver.
I wonder what it must have been like for him to go about his everyday life - supermarkets, restaurants, et al. - and being the recipient of numerous Quizzical Looks ’n’ Comments: “You sound like someone I know!”
Ave atque vale, Don Pardo. You were a “Pardo-v” our lives for so long, and we will miss your unique voice.
[*The title is a subtle allusion to an old - and completely unrelated - post.]