For five days last week, the family of the late Mickey Carroll suggested that their uncle's caretaker manipulated and financially exploited the Wizard of Oz actor prior to his death in 2009. Yet those arguments failed to sway a St. Louis County jury that needed just two hours to clear the former car ... More >>
Five years ago this week, Wizard of Oz actor Mickey Carroll passed away in his sleep at the age of 89. Yet the fight over his estate had already begun with Carroll's niece, Janet Finocchiaro, alleging before his death that the ex-Munchkin's caretaker, Linda Dodge, physically abused Carroll and duped ... More >>
Mickey (far left) on the set of Wizard of Oz.Last month Daily RFT reported that Linda Dodge, the former caretaker of Wizard of Oz actor Mickey Carroll, had sued the National Enquirer and Carroll's niece, Janet Finocchiaro, on charges that the two slandered her in a 2009 article accusing Dodge of ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergCarroll at his home in 2007.Linda Dodge, the former caretaker of Wizard of Oz actor Mickey Carroll, has filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer and Carroll's niece, Janet Finocchiaro, claiming Dodge was defamed in an article appearing two years ago in the gossip ma ... More >>
A smattering of about 200 people attended a funeral this morning for Mickey Carroll, who until his death last week at the age of 89 was one of the last remaining Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz. At a service in the cavernous St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, Carroll -- born Michael Finocchiaro -- was re ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergMickey Carroll's story came in at the fourth most-read last week.The blog posts come fast and furious, most of the time, here on Daily RFT, so if you missed the big ones from last week (May 4-10), here are the top ten most-read posts, courtesy of your friends at Google Anal ... More >>
Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz, died of natural causes this morning in his sleep. He was 89.Until recently Carroll, born Michael Finocchiaro, lived in the Bel-Nor neighborhood of north St. Louis County where he settled following a career in showbiz. Among h ... More >>
Got a call this morning from a J.R. Moore of St. Louis who told me that he had an idea better than President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. "Could I meet you in person today for five minutes?" asked Moore over the phone. "I'm sure you'll agree that my plan can jump-start the St. Louis econom ... More >>
In reading today's New York Times obit on the death of the one of journalism's titanic figures, Unreal was happily stunned to learn that Clay Felker was born and raised in Webster Groves. Yes, the legendary editor of New York magazine, who showcased to the nation in the late 1960s the novelistic ... More >>
Week of December 27, 2007
Keegan Hamilton takes an up-close look at Saint Louis University's new basketball coach. How did a skirmish with river rogues land a 43-year-old grandmother in court? Kristen Hinman investigates. Paul Friswold gets sucked in to the Rep's production of Dracula. Ween easily won over Jordan Har ... More >>
Walk of Fame: Munchkin Mickey Carroll comes up short.
Update (May 7, 2009): Mickey Carroll, Dead at 89. In the end, neither a letter from Governor Matt Blunt nor the recommendation of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was enough to sway the jury. Mickey Carroll -- one of the few surviving Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz -- will not get a star on the St. Lou ... More >>
Who's more untrustworthy: Ian or a Munchkin?
Joe Edwards gives the Munchkin his due.
Have a heart and give our St. Louis Munchkin a star on the Walk of Fame.
What does an old Munchkin have to do to earn a place on the St. Louis Walk of Fame?
A toddler and her dad road-test alt-lullabies for B-Sides, while the Downtown Trio adds jazz and pizzazz to local TV staple the Fan Show.
Week of December 21, 2006
Master classes with the stars, plus performances by local favorites, make the St. Louis Tap Festival click