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‘Cheers’ Mail Carrier Delivers Fan Letter to Hands-On Learning

“What’s your favorite David Niven movie?” John Ratzenberger asked an audience of Penn College students Thursday, quickly proving that celebrity – even for an Oscar-winning box-office king of the 1940 and ’50s – lasts about a generation at best. “It’s not the actors, it’s not the sports stars,” he said. “They’re just a little piece of the icing on the cake. If you want to be truly famous, invent something that furthers mankind. Wake up each morning and put your hand to something useful.” Known for portraying postal worker Cliff Claven on “Cheers” and as a beloved voice actor for every Pixar film ever made, Ratzenberger has found his favorite role as an advocate for skilled American labor. He visited Thursday and Friday as a special centennial guest, touring campus and talking with students, employees and friends of the college during presentations in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium and the Community Arts Center. “I wanted to be with my heroes,” he told students. “People who actually know how to make things. The only thing that makes the country strong is manufacturing; it’s what brought us to the dance.”

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer;
Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue; and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

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