Joe Slattery, Voice of EAA in the 1980s, Passes Away
October 8, 2009 — Joe Slattery, whose smooth baritone voice added a level of professionalism to EAA’s film and video productions during the 1970s and ’80s, passed away Friday, October 2, at the age of 87. Slattery, whose announcing work for the Chicago-based Jewel food stores chain made his voice one of the most familiar in the Midwest, lent his expertise to EAA as an announcer, master of ceremonies, and voiceover artist.
Slattery’s enthusiasm for EAA and aviation grew from his service in the Army Air Forces as a ferry pilot in the Middle East and Africa during World War II. He was trained in B-25s, eventually becoming qualified in nearly everything in the Army Air Forces inventory. After the war he continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. When EAA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Eagle Hangar in 1988, Joe served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, in addition to other announcing work during the conventions over a number of years. Joe served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. He also did the voiceover work for a number of EAA productions, including the video coverage of the annual EAA fly-ins.
A well known announcer for decades, Slattery had clients such as Wrigley chewing gum, Meister Brau, Ford Motor Company, McDonald’s, and Sears, and was also known nationally as the announcer for the 1960’s nature program, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.”
Watch this AirVenture Flashback featuring the voice of Joe Slattery, introduced by Tom Poberezny and John Nicholson.