At the appreciable age of 96, an actor named Alan Young passed this week. He was not a man you might have known right away, but you may have heard of the show where he played straight man to a talking horse named Mister Ed. I'll bet its either one of those shows that everyone knows or knows about, or its so old or so uniquely American few do now. In any event, that was the role he played before I was born, and in reruns throughout my childhood.

Sometime around when I became an adult, though, this man chose to become the richest duck in the world. From Ducktales through to its remake videogame in 2013, Alan Young was the voice of Donald Duck's loving skinflint uncle, overseer of Huey, Dewey, Louie, and the biggest child of all, Launchpad McQuack.

Right now, I suspect, the afterlife is like a hurricane...

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