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This week, we remember a New Orleanian with a big heart and big talent — Henry Dupre. Every December the longtime WWL radio and television personality would become the face and voice of the Toys for Tots campaign, which he helped start in the 1930s to collect toys for ill and needy children during the holidays. A New Orleans native, Dupre began his long association with WWL in 1932, just 10 years after the radio station signed on the air. He became best known as the co-host and comedic straight man on the long-running morning show Dawnbusters. Dupre made the switch to television in the 1950s as the affable host of the kids' cartoon show Popeye and Pals, where he was known as "Uncle Henry." He died 35 years ago this week on Dec. 7, 1980, at the age of 74.


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