A Wonderful Munchkin from Oz
|Illustration by Mike Gorman|
He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He came down to Jupiter every year to watch them train for the new season. And while he was here, he never failed to entertain the crowd with his yarns about Judy Garland, the Wizard of Oz, and even Al Capone - whom he said he was asked to sing for as a young boy in Chicago.
|Photo by Jennifer Silverberg, Riverfront Times|
|Carroll in 2007|
Which stories were true and which were embellishments isn't important - that is one of those benefits afforded the few who outlive the other participants of history.
Meeting him is one of those odd moments in life that I'll never forget. Carroll was one of those fantastic trivia questions come to life, and he embraced it. "You make one movie your whole life, and it happens to be a hit," he joked. "Go figure."