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Howard Olson

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BornHoward Minor Olson
August 12, 1910
Chicago, IL
DiedJune 26, 1992 (age 81)
Orlando, Florida

Howard "Howie" Olson (1910-1992) was a professional ventriloquist and magician for over 60 years.[1]


He began performing with his father, "The Great Chesterfield", in 1917 at the age of seven as "Little LeRoy-The Boy Wonder."

By 1929 was was using the stage name "Chester LeRoy." He would teach Tommy Windsor ventriloquism in exchange for magic lesson. Bill Baird join his show called "Sirens in Satin" in 1935 and they became friends.

During World War II, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps where he entertained G.I.'s for three years.

Olson moved to Orlando, Florida in 1990 and built vent figures for Show-Biz Services.


  1. The New Tops, Vol. 17, No. 10, October 1977, COVER PORTRAIT Howard M. Olson by his Wooden Partner, Cowboy Eddie, page 8
  • The New Tops, Vol. 32, No. 7, July 1992, VENT VIEWS by Bill Boley, page 39
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 11, September 1992, Obituaries, Howard M. "Howie" Olson, by Bev Bergeron, page 770
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 9, September 1992, Memoriam, Howard M. “Howie” Olson, by Bev Bergeron, page 114
  • M-U-M, Vol. 82, No. 4, September 1992, Broken Wands, Howard M. Olson, page 53
  • Dead Record [1]