News Archives: 2006
Here's some fun:
Jim Gilsinan IV
Sent: Wednesday, February
22, 2006 10:29 AM
Cc: Stephan Lesch
Subject: Plagiarism: The
Raccoons Episode Guide on TV.com
Please take a moment to look at
Now please take a look at my
Raccoons Episode Guide here:
Notice something? Many (perhaps
all, I haven’t checked) of the
episode synopses on TV.com for
the Raccoons are blatantly
stolen from my site (which has
been around with those synopses
for many years). Did you obtain
permission from the original
authors of the synopses (e.g.
Stephan Lesch [cc]) to use their
work? If not, I suggest you
take all of this down and do
your own writing/research to
populate your episode guide and
the other sections. Plagiarism
is especially insidious on the
Web, since it seems so easy. I
would have thought a C|Net
affiliate site would have had a
higher standard of journalism,
but we will see what your
response is to this missive.
Please let me know immediately.
Stephan let me know that he never gave permission to C|Net for use of the synopses. And, of course,
I never heard any response on this from the individual I mailed at C|Net,
who is supposedly the Site
Director of TV.com.
C|Net's general contact page is
here in case you feel the urge
to make your opinion known:
Posted a clip of the French version of "Run With Us" -- "Viens Vers Nous", sung by Jano Bergeron, as far as I can tell -- on the Songs Page.
Posted Kevin Gillis's Eulogy for Len Carlson, thanks to Jon Stroll.
Posted fan artwork Bert the Thrill Seeker by Keenfox.
Also posted some new info about Susan Roman from Erin on the Actors page:
I thought you'd find this interesting about Susan Roman (Melissa Raccoon #2, I believe). She was also the voice of Champ Bear on the Care Bears,
and she provided the voice of Good Luck Bear in the Care Bears new CGI movie, "Journey to Joke-A-Lot."
Jeffrey Gray writes:
Here's a drawing Raccoons animator Gerry Paquette did for me, in memory of Len Carlson. There are two versions here; the original, and one with text added by me.
Here's what he said: "I actually wasn't aware of Len's passing away but, upon reading the postings on the fan site, it was obviously sudden and unexpected.
It's the least I can do for a man whose acting voice inspired some of my best performances as an animator on The Raccoons series.
I also plan to send a print-quality version to Kevin Gillis so it may find its way to the family and anyone else concerned."
I've posted the original and the version with Mr Grey's added text
on the images page.
Two different people emailed me with some sad news for Raccoons fans. From Jon Stroll:
There are some major news developments concerning "The Raccoons".
I am devastated to be the bearer of this news, but Len Carlson, the legendary voice of Bert Raccoon
and many of the other characters on the show, died suddenly on Thursday of a heart attack.
I have spoken to Kevin several times and will be going to the funeral on Tuesday. I don't know
if you ever knew this, but in addition to Bert Raccoon, he was also the voice of the Jolly Green Giant
for a time, and also was a professional baseball player. I had the pleasure of meeting him quite a few times,
and he was a thoroughly likeable, charming guy who looked far more youthful than he was.
Kevin and I figured that he was probably in his late 60's to maybe about 70. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and a daughter.
From Paul Nash:
I currently work on a production called Atomic Betty. It is produced by Kevin Gillis.
I came across your page about 3 years ago when doing some research for the
Racoons DVD box set, and was impressed. I check on your page periodicaly
to see how it's going.
Unfortunately I am writing you with sad news, as Len Carlson who voiced Bert
in Racoons passed away thursday morning of a heart attack. Len does a large
share of the voices in Atomic Betty including the main villians sidekick.
I just thought this info - if you weren't aware already, might be of
interest to you. He was a great man, and most of us are still in shock.
A great man indeed, and he will be sorely missed. I'm having a tough time imagining the Raccoons without Len voicing Bert.
Our thoughts are with Len's family and friends during this sad time.
Aaron Long sent me some great MIDI files of the Raccoons instrumental theme
from the series and Lost Star,
which I've posted on the songs page.
Give these a listen, I think you'll enjoy them. Aaron also furnished me an
MP3 of the instrumental theme from the series, which I for some odd reason
lacked previously. Also posted. Keep em coming, I'm actually responding to mail these days, for a change. (At least for now.) :)
Added a Merchandise page to have one central location to keep track
of all available Raccoons products for purchase. Currently I've listed the DVDs and the VHS tapes on Amazon.com.
More as I discover 'em! Let me know if you happen on any.
And another year goes by! To kick it off this year, I've added a link to Jon Stroll's Website. If you're in need of
consultation regarding anything musical, Jon is your guy, as evidenced `by his work on the Raccoons. Tell him I sent you. :) More updates soon; I hear new rumours of happenings in terms of the show.
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