Posthumous Award?

Press Release
Maher Ventriloquist Studio Receives 2009 Best of Littleton Award.
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement.

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 -- Maher Ventriloquist Studio has been selected for the 2009 Best of Littleton Award in the Puppets & Marionettes category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
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Note From Clinton: It's not hard to be the "Best" in your city when you are the only such business in town, but being the best three years after going out of business is a pretty good trick indeed - even when closed we're still the best! I'm not sure that's a compliment. Hmmm. Of course, we're informed that to receive the crystal award shown here we need to send $199.95 for engraving and handling. I could have one made for a fraction of the price from the owner of the local trophy shop down the street. And I'll bet he could even spell "Ventriloquism" correctly.


  1. Anonymous2/16/2010


    I think that's AWFUL of them to charge you! You DO definatly deserve that award though!! VETRILOQUIST??????? Is that a vetranarin that does vent, or is it a vent that's in or been in the military???? CONGRATS! All my best, Bill Smith

  2. Now that's funny.
    I was all ready to email you with a "Congratulations" until I read down to the bottom of your blog.

  3. Philip Grecian2/16/2010

    Hahahaha! That's great. If you're going to try to scam somebody at least try to spell it right.

    Clinton, everybody who matters knows about the invaluable and incalculable contributions you and your family and the Mahers have made(and continue to make) to the vent community. As for the U.S. Commerce folks, here's an interesting article:

    Keep up your good work and guidance.

  4. Richard Ragsdale2/16/2010

    I dunno, Mr. D--sounds like a scam to me...

  5. It is my policy to reject comments that contain links. I've made an exception here as the link is directly related to to my post.

  6. Several of my children have been selected to be listed in the Honors Student of the year book, that I could buy. Same type of deal (racket).
    You deserve an award anyway!

  7. Winkle and Wags2/16/2010

    Granted, we hear a lot about cutbacks these days ... but taking the 'n' out of "ventriloquist" seems a bit much.
    I agree with Mr. Conrad in that you deserve an award, though. An award, but not the bill!

  8. Clinton when someone of your nature gets scammed, business ethics need to rechallenged. I can not think of a more worthy indiviual then yourself who deserves an award for the contributions you have made to the world of illusion. You have given new vents a strong desire to succeed with your home study course, you have given of yourself through your generosity. Not only are you a great vent but you are also an eduacator and worthy of any award. I send your humorously the entetainer of a lifetime award. Keep up the great work.

  9. You deserve the award totally.

    but i really never expect organization giving out award requesting handling fee.

    Since they asked for "engraving fee", you should demand them to redo it with the corrected wording for free.

  10. I say, let 200 of us vents chip in a dollar and pay for the engraving, I think that is a hoot and a great conversation piece for years to come,
    Here Here for Vetriloquist!!

  11. I had no idea awards charged in order to receive them! The least they could do is spell it correctly. But they were smart enough to recognize a wonderful thing when they see it. Congrats!

  12. You are all too kind, but thank you...friends like you are priceless - and that's more award than a person could ever wish for!