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Mortimer Catchastar - A Brief Biography

If we had to list all of Mortimer's accomplishments, or at least the ones he would like to share, we would need a room the size of the Grand Canyon filled with monkeys tapping away on keyboards for the rest of eternity. As we quite simply don't have the budget for such an operation, we will limit ourselves to the times he has appeared on the radio at WTJU. Mortimer first wandered into the main air studio in late spring of 1996, during a Kid n' Kaboodle hosted by Morgan Simone Daleo, with Peter as her special guest. Mortimer spoke of his recent travels flying around the globe, and his great interest in birds. He made a return appearance at the end of the year, when Peter and Morgan were hosting a holiday show. Mortimer discussed his personal interest in the classic fairytale, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and later sang along on-air with a recording of opera great Luciano Pavarotti. The following year he spent two hours as a guest on the "10th Annual Uncle Chuck's Children's Christmas Show".

Over the next few years, Mortimer's appearances were at best fleeting, and so began an ugly chapter with his relationship to children's programming at WTJU. He felt someone of his stature should not be shorted on airtime. As a result of this frustration, he began to occasionally sabotage the show in small ways. He would miscue pre-programmed songs on the cd players, or turn microphones off while people were speaking. Despite the frustration, or perhaps as a result of, he caused Peter, Mortimer soon became quite popular with the listeners; especially the children. When Peter would visit libraries and schools for storytelling, he would inevitably be asked if Mortimer might also take part in the stories. Needless to say Mortimer demanded, and received, more airtime on what has become Tell Us A Tale. While he still occasionally behaves like a gremlin if things don't go his way, Mortimer Catchastar is, and always has been, an elf.

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