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Nancy sends Bart to College

The Queen of Voice presents a lecture at Montana State University: ASMSU, Associated Students of Montana State University, Lively Arts and Lectures, presented Nancy Cartwright on Wednesday evening, February 19th, 2003. In her multimedia presentation, Cartwright took the audience on a journey of her personal voice-over contribution in film and television. She also discussed character development, as well as the hardships and windfalls she has encountered on her well-established career in the entertainment industry. The event was well-attended and Cartwright's motivational lecture demonstrated the importance of being committed to your craft and that can lead to success in any career.

The glories of Montana were just one stop for Nancy on her recent lecture tour. On Wednesday, April 30th, she presented her motivational lecture for nearly 500 students at Rhode Island University. This fan letter received from a Rhode Island resident explains just how much one person enjoyed the experience:

"Dear Nancy, I don't know if you remember me but it was such a treat meeting you 'in person' in downtown Newport. I am the woman who practically accosted you on the street—I am such a fan! I love the earrings, by the way, and picked up a set for myself! The only other celebrity I met was nice, but didn't offer me her autograph when I was too embarrassed to ask for it. Actually, I want you to know that I totally respect your privacy, and didn't want to put you 'on the spot.' But it was so not expected that you would 'read my mind' and just offer that to me. Thank you very much. I have to admit that the highlight of being with you was when my friend came by with her son and you totally surprised him by talking like Bart! That was the best. I will never forget his jaw hitting the ground and his mother having to practically pull him away because he was so in awe of you. That was amazing to witness. Kids must love you. You have such a wonderful gift and it is so good to know that you really love what you do and especially care about your fans. Oh, and by the way, I actually made it to your lecture. You did not disappoint! The whole thing was terrific. Love, C. B. Newport, RI"

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13th ANNUAL
TEAM AWARDS

The highly entertaining Thirteenth Annual TEAM (Tobacco Education Awareness Message) Awards were held the evening of March 26th at the Wadsworth Theater in Brentwood, California. Produced by AnimAction Inc., the competition featured animated anti-smoking public service announcements that were created by student teams from 33 Los Angeles Unified School District Middle Schools.

Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson and Chuckie on Rugrats) led an elite group of voice talent as presenters at the evening's event. When Ms. Cartwright was asked about why she supports this group she replied; "This is a group that is so dedicated and they have such a great purpose to keep kids from ever starting to smoke, and what is so amazing is the creative way of getting their message out to kids—using animation."

The high-tech event was hosted by comedian Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, who demonstrated the extensive merchandising of his show by pulling a pair of SpongeBob boxers out of his pants. Kenny also voices Wayne on The Cramp Twins. Others presenters included Jason Marsden (Tino on The Weekenders, Max on House of Mouse), Grey Delisle (Daphne on What's New Scooby-Doo?) and Kevin Michael Richardson, (Barney Rubble, Lilo & Stitch).

Rufus by the Bay

ROME, ITALY—Walt Disney Television's hit series "Kim Possible" scored two top prizes at Italy's Cartoons on the Bay festival. "Kim Possible," in which a teenage girl leads a double life as an action hero, was awarded the Pulcinella prizes for Best Overall Program and Best Television Series for Kids. The Pulcinella prize is an international award given annually by the festival to recognize excellence in television animation programs. The Cartoons on the Bay website describes its choice for Best Overall Program as: "Lively pacing, funny dialogue and an inventive script, coupled with a contemporary visual style..."

With its unique combination of comedy and action, Kim Possible is that highly unusual series that has equal appeal for both boys and girls. Nancy was very excited to hear that the show had won its first of, which she is sure, many awards.

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