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They Might Be Giants

KARL SLOVER
1918-2011

We lost another Munchkin this week. Karl Slover, who played three roles on The Wizard of Oz for a salary smaller than Toto’s, succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest, leaving only three other Munchkins on this plane.

The New York Times reports that Karl had a tough childhood. His father and a consulting witch doctor failed to make him taller even after applying sure-fire remedies like boiling him in oil and stretching him on a rack. Sensing defeat, Karl’s dad eventually sold his nine-year-old to a traveling circus.

But what really catches our attention is that, in The New York Times obit, they solved with a single hyperlink the issue that Karl’s father and witch doctor struggled with so hard:

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