Here I am needing somebody to help with the Frenchtown Inn bookkeeping. I know if I undertake such a task, I will completely mess it up and bounce checks every day. I post a small ad on NextDoor, “Bookkeeper needed to help with start up B&B”.
Lo! Ethel answers, we set up an interview. “I a little over qualified for bookkeeping”, she tells me, “but since there’s not much else to do around here, I will take the job.” I say, “you can count, you’re hired”.
Turns out, Ethel is renting a house from Walter. Yes indeed, the very house on Rice’s Crossing that I had built and sold to Walter a few years ago. “Why did you have one bathroom?” was the first question. “Because it was a practice house, and I didn’t know what I was doing.” I meekly answered.
Turns out, Ethel has many more talents including graphic design, wedding planning and, most important, how to keep people happy and working together in a productive way.
Okay, the celebrity part. It turns out that Ethel’s husband, Paul, is the son of Paul Winchell. Yes, the very same person that hosted The Paul Winchell Show. He was the ventriloquist voice of Jerry Mahoney. He also was the voice of Tigger in Disney’s Winnie-the-Pooh. It’s a small, small world.
By the way, Paul is gainfully employed by our local health clinic. He is a first responder, you know, one of those people that might save your life one day.