Prince Wil­liam on fi­nal shift as pi­lot

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LON­DON — Prince Wil­liam will com­pleted his fi­nal shift in his job as an air am­bu­lance pi­lot Thurs­day as he gets ready to take on more ex­ten­sive royal du­ties.

The heir to the Bri­tish throne is work­ing the night shift at the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance, where he has been fly­ing med­i­cal crews to emer­gen­cies such as traf­fic ac­ci­dents for about two years.

“As I hang up my flight suit, I am proud to have served with such an in­cred­i­ble team of peo­ple, who save lives across the re­gion ev­ery day,” he wrote in an exclusive story in the Eastern Daily Press, a news­pa­per that serves the com­mu­nity near the am­bu­lance ser­vice’s base.

The an­nounce­ment closes a chap­ter for Wil­liam, 35, who is leav­ing the skies to re­turn to for­mal du­ties as Bri­tain’s fu­ture king. As the older gen­er­a­tion of roy­als slows down, the younger mem­bers of the fam­ily are tak­ing a greater num­ber of of­fi­cial roles.

The prince’s move is also about lo­ca­tion. Wil­liam and his wife, the for­mer Kate Mid­dle­ton, will be spend­ing less time in their Nor­folk res­i­dence and be car­ry­ing out more du­ties in Lon­don, where their 4-yearold son, Prince Ge­orge, is due to start school.

De­spite Wil­liam’s change in role, he said what he has seen as an am­bu­lance pi­lot changed his per­spec­tive.

“I have had ex­pe­ri­ences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valu­able per­spec­tive to my royal work for decades to come,” he said in Jan­uary. niece Robin Thaler said Thurs­day.

Foray was the best-known woman among the voice per­form­ers who con­trib­uted so much to the clas­sic car­toons of Warner Bros., Dis­ney, Hanna-Bar­bera and other stu­dios. She had a galaxy of ways to cre­ate funny but be­liev­able char­ac­ters, but could also be warm and wise in Dis­ney’s “Mulan” or, in a mem­o­rable “Twi­light Zone” episode, chill­ing.

She had over 300 cred­its as a voice ac­tress, most re­cently do­ing one last turn as Rocky in a 2014 short.

Born in Spring­field, Mass., Foray was a teenager when she moved with her par­ents to Los Angeles. She had be­gun per­form­ing in ra­dio as a child in Mas­sachusetts and, once in Hol­ly­wood, be­came ac­tive in ma­jor ra­dio pro­grams such as “The Jimmy Du­rante Show.” She later called old-time ra­dio a great train­ing ground, forc­ing her to learn to be ver­sa­tile and quick-think­ing.

In his 1989 mem­oir, “Chuck Amuck,” animator Chuck Jones noted “the highly tal­ented and ver­sa­tile Mel Blanc” did voices for Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety, Yosemite Sam and others, “ex­cept fe­male voices, which were done by the equally tal­ented June Foray.”

Per­haps in­evitably, Rocky — with his trade­mark ex­cla­ma­tion “Hokey Smoke!” — was Foray’s fa­vorite.

“Every­body asks me that,” she said in a 2000 As­so­ci­ated Press interview. “I think the fans kind of an­swer that for me. Every­body loves Rocky. . . . Peo­ple don’t think of him as a squir­rel. They think of him as a per­son. And he’s a good lit­tle per­son.”

The diminu­tive Foray wore a gold Rocky pen­dent around her neck that she de­lighted in point­ing out to peo­ple.

In 1966, Foray was the voice of Cindy Lou Who in the much-re­vived TV hol­i­day spe­cial “How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas,” based on the Dr. Seuss book, di­rected by Jones and nar­rated by Boris Karloff.


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