Doodles Weaver

Winstead Sheffield Weaver (May 11, 1911 – January 17, 1983), who used the professional name Doodles Weaver, was an American actor and comedian on radio, recordings, and television. He was the brother of NBC executive Sylvester "Pat" Weaver and the uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver. Born in Los Angeles, Weaver was given the nickname Doodlebug by his mother when he was a child. He attended Stanford University, where he engaged in numerous pranks and practical jokes. He was a contributor to the Stanford Chaparral humor magazine. On radio during the late 1930s and early 1940s, he was heard as an occasional guest on Rudy Vallée's program and on the Kraft Music Hall. Weaver signed on in 1946 as a member of Spike Jones's City Slickers band. He was still appearing with Jones in the 1958 NBC variety show Club Oasis. Weaver was heard on Jones's 1947-49 radio shows, where he introduced his comedic Professor Feetlebaum (which Weaver sometimes spelled as Feitlebaum), a character who spoke in Spoonerisms. Part of the Professor's schtick was mixing up words and sentences in various songs and recitations as if he were suffering from myopia and/or dyslexia.


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