Winchell, Walter

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Winchell, Walter (b. Winchel)

(1897–1972) journalist; born in Chicago. Father of the newspaper gossip column, which he pioneered in the 1920s along with many slangy neologisms, Winchell also was a familiar voice on radio, from 1929 through the mid-1950s, with his staccato delivery punctuated by the sound of teletype keys.